Give Peace A Chance

War is hell,” said General Sherman.  I come from a LONG LINE of draft dodgers and pacifists so when my mother said,  “Tony, you should stay the hell away from war. You would NOT do well in it.”
Mom knew what she was talking about.

In truth, my own worldview in matters of war and peace was shaped as much by the Beatles and Bob Dylan as by anyone else.  A recurring theme I have written about here is the death of my brother Jeff. I remember singing Beatles Songs at his wedding. When I got in the car following his funeral, there was a Beatles song on the radio. The Beatles and The Alarm are 2 bands that will always remind me of Jeff. Beyond the Fab Four’s singularly enduring musical genius, the underlying sense of love as the driving force in all good things in this life remains yet another powerful reason that this music still resonates today. So I say “Peace and love” is the best kind of cliché — one that we can’t hear and feel enough from my hopelessly naïve perspective.
So with all the tragic violence in The Middle East today and The Cold War being crudely reheated by Putin, here is one man’s naïve but heartfelt playlist for Peace. It may not have much to do with the realities of the situation in Gaza or Ukraine, but as John Lennon once said, “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”

I invite you all to peacefully add your own songs for these troubled times. Tweet them @tretrosi #peacelove
Peace.

  • ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE – The Beatles
  • GIVE PEACE A CHANCE – John Lennon
  • GIVE ME LOVE (GIVE ME PEACE ON EARTH) – George Harrison
  • PEACE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Paul McCartney
  • PEACE DREAM – Ringo Starr
  • BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND — Bob Dylan
  • LOVE & MERCY – Brian Wilson
  • (WHAT’S SO FUNNY ABOUT) PEACE, LOVE & UNDERSTANDING – Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  • PEACE GO WITH YOU, BROTHER (AS-SALAAM-ALAIKUM) – Gil Scott-Heron
  • PEACE LIKE A RIVER – Paul Simon
  • LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH – Vince Gill
  • PEACE & LOVE – Fountains Of Wayne
  • UNIVERSAL SOLDIER – Donovan
  • TRAVELIN’ SOLDIER – Dixie Chicks 
  • PEACEKEEPER – Fleetwood Mac
  • PEACE TRAIN – Cat Stevens (or the 10,000 maniacs version)
  • Eve of Destruction – Will Hopper
  • State of The Nation – Industry
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About tretrosi2013

Gymnastics Coach, Gymnastics Educator, Part time stand up comic.
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One Response to Give Peace A Chance

  1. denise says:

    Can’t tweet…I’m old. Song: Where have all the flowers gone?
    Concisely it’s “Where have all the flowers gone? Gone to young girls
    “Where have all the young girls gone? Gone to young men.
    “Where have all the young men gone? Gone to soldier.
    Where have all the soldiers gone? Gone to graveyards.
    Where have all the graveyards gone? Gone to flowers.”

    Thank you for some renewal and hope today.

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