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“The Sun is Burning” by Simon and Garfunkel

A powerful protest song about the effects of war and grief

In the early 1960s, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the threat of nuclear war were on the minds of many Americans, including some of the most popular folk performers of the day. “The Sun is Burning” by Simon and Garfunkel … Continue reading

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Funeral Music: The Uplifting Gospel of “I’ll Fly Away” by Albert E. Brumley

Covered by countless artists, this hymn stands the test of time

This is black history month and so I have uplifting gospels on my mind. Sometimes, simplicity is everything. When you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, or you’re coping with your own mortality, nothing is more soothing than a handful … Continue reading

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Memorial Song: “Song to Woody” by Bob Dylan

This folk classic pays tribute to one of the icons of the movement

“Song to Woody” holds the distinction of not only being one of the most memorable tribute songs in the world, but one of the first songs Bob Dylan ever penned. Its simple, stripped-down acoustics make it the ideal memorial song … Continue reading

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