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"Give Peace a Chance": A Naïve But Heartfelt Playlist

07/24/2014 05:21 pm ET | Updated Sep 23, 2014
  • David Wild TV Writer; Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone; Co-Author, 'Everybody's Brother'

"War is hell," said General Sherman. My late great father Stanley Wild -- a Naval officer and World War II vet -- put it a little differently to me growing up. "David, you should stay the hell away from war," Dad told me. "You would NOT do well in it."

Dad knew what he 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. Working on the The Beatles: The Night That Changed America - A Grammy Salute earlier this year -- for which I feel proud and fortunate to an Emmy nominee -- I had a golden opportunity to listen to a lot of Beatles in 2014, and 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 have credited my Twitter friends at @Wildaboutmusic who made suggestions where due, and I invite you all to peacefully add your own songs for these troubled times.

Peace.

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE - The Beatles

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE - John Lennon

GIVE ME LOVE (GIVE ME PEACE ON EARTH) - George Harrison @stlwags

PEACE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD - Paul McCartney

PEACE DREAM - Ringo Starr

BLOWIN' IN THE WIND -- Bob Dylan @sweetrhythms

LOVE & MERCY - Brian Wilson

PEACE, LOVE & HARD LIQUOR - Unknown Hinson @carpenterbrent

(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

ABRAHAM, MARTIN & JOHN - Dion @DawesAngeles

SO SMALL - Carrie Underwood @AshleyAnnMarch

PEACE & LOVE - Fountains Of Wayne

UNIVERSAL SOLDIER - Donovan

WE SHALL BE FREE - Garth Brooks @sarahkatbeee

TRAVELIN' SOLDIER - Dixie Chicks @Pogue009

THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY PEACE (UNTIL GOD IS SEATED AT THE CONFERENCE TABLE) -- The Chi-Lites

PEACEKEEPER - Fleetwood Mac

PEACE TRAIN - Cat Stevens @MariaSommer22

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