Redemption Songs: The Soundtrack To Your Personal Exodus
    • FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2013

    • Posted by: Dorit Finkel

    The resident Jew in our office is here to tell you that Passover is about more than that weird section of Fairway where they sell Matzoh for a week. It's about celebrating freedom. Biblically, this means freedom from the Pharaoh in ancient Egypt who enslaved us, but on a spiritual level, it's about freeing ourselves from the demons that hold us down.

    There are plenty of rock songs about political freedom, and many about freedom in the form of suicide, but we wanted to focus on the "personal exodus" anthems. Want to take part in this tradition? Listen to our song choices below, and feel free to suggest your own.

    Florence + The Machine - "Shake It Out"

    This is a celebratory song with the mantra "It's hard to dance with a devil on your back / So shake him off!" I don't know about you, but it makes me want to free myself of clothes and dance around naked. That's a kind of personal exodus right?

    The Who - "I'm Free"

    A truly classic personal freedom song that focuses on exposing false messiahs, and the perfect soundtrack for leaving work, school, or a crappy relationship.

    The Smashing Pumpkins - "Rocket"

    Here's a dose of psychedelic nostalgia that will (hopefully) remind you of high school years in which you dreamed of escaping suburbia on your skateboard. Or something.

    Arcade Fire - "Wake Up"

    A painful reminder that in order to to free ourselves, we need wake from our stifling illusions and realize that our childhoods were filled with lies. There is hope in this song, though: once we realize how imperfect the system is, we have the power to go out and change it.

    R.E.M. - "Leave"

    You probably don't want to listen to this one unless you have seven minutes to feel deep, intense introspection, possible regret, and bittersweet inspiration. This is probably my favorite personal exodus song, and one that should be listened to while driving fast, whenever possible.

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