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If Veterans Day Had A Soundtrack, I'd Hope These 7 Songs Would Be On It

Veterans Day is a day of celebration. And what's a celebration without a little music? Here are seven songs, handpicked by your friends at Upworthy, for almost any mood.

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1. "War" by Edwin Starr


"It's pretty bad ass to write a song about a horrific act and manage for it to be smart and funky." — Franchesca Ramsey

2. "Blowing in the Wind" by Bob Dylan

"It's an iconic war protest song from the 1960s that just never gets old." — Brandon Weber

3. "Rooster" by Alice in Chains

"Going to war is scary, but when you're there, all you can think of is how important it is that you're there for you and the people fighting next to you to make it home to your families. But too often when you get home, people don't see you. They see politics. We can do better." — Phoebe Gavin

4. "War Pigs" by Black Sabbath

"It's rare that a war protest song doesn't have folk guitar, has you amped up, calls out the military-industrial complex, admires the poor working-class soldiers who had to do the real fighting, and completely rocks out. And yet here we are." — Adam Mordecai

5. "When the President Talks to God" by Bright Eyes

"One night in college, I tuned in a few minutes early for 'Conan' and caught the end of 'The Tonight Show.' Bright Eyes was the musical guest, and this was the song he played. I remember being absolutely blown away by its brazenness. Its I-can’t-believe-he-actually-just-said-that-on-TV honesty. Sitting there in my dorm room feeling helpless and hopeless about the war in Iraq, it was such an incredible cathartic moment — one that I’ll never forget." — Eric March

6. "Masters of War" by Pearl Jam (original by Bob Dylan)

"Pearl Jam was the band that got me hooked on rock and roll. They were wild and captivating performers. And in time, I got to know them as smart and steadfast critics of all the worst things in the world, including war and violence. There aren't many bands out there who can take on the greats of political rock, like Dylan or Springsteen, but Pearl Jam is one of 'em." — Maz Ali

7. "Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

"I think about this song every time I see a veteran. If you slow it down, the lyrics'll get ya. 'It ain't me, I ain't no millionaire's son.' To me, CCR's singing about how those who GO to war to serve and the politicians who DECLARE the wars just live on completely different planets. One's a brave planet, and the other one is ... not. *shudder* That ain't right, if you ask me, and I've got family in politics AND in the military!" — Lori White

That first car is a rite of passage into adulthood. Specifically, the hard-earned lesson of expectations versus reality. Though some of us are blessed with Teslas at 17, most teenagers receive a car that’s been … let’s say previously loved. And that’s probably a good thing, considering nearly half of first-year drivers end up in wrecks. Might as well get the dings on the lemon, right?

Of course, wrecks aside, buying a used car might end up costing more in the long run after needing repairs, breaking down and just a general slew of unexpected surprises. But hey, at least we can all look back and laugh.

My first car, for example, was a hand-me-down Toyota of some sort from my mother. I don’t recall the specific model, but I definitely remember getting into a fender bender within the first week of having it. She had forgotten to get the brakes fixed … isn’t that a fun story?

Jimmy Fallon recently asked his “Tonight Show” audience on Twitter to share their own worst car experiences. Some of them make my brake fiasco look like cakewalk (or cakedrive, in this case). Either way, these responses might make us all feel a little less alone. Or at the very least, give us a chuckle.

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Bird-watching is in focus on a new National Geographic show.

You may remember the name Christian Cooper, but if you don't, this will jog your memory. In summer 2020, Cooper made the national news when a white woman, Amy Cooper (no relation), called the police, falsely accusing him of threatening her. Christian Cooper was out in the early morning at Central Park doing what he does often: bird-watching. It's a longtime hobby that, thanks to that unfortunate exposure, he's now taking to the next level and sharing with the world. Cooper recently finished filming six episodes of "Extraordinary Birder" for National Geographic.

"Whether braving stormy seas in Alaska for puffins, trekking into rainforests in Puerto Rico for parrots, or scaling a bridge in Manhattan for a peregrine falcon, he does whatever it takes to learn about these extraordinary feathered creatures and show us the remarkable world in the sky above," National Geographic wrote in a press release announcing its new slate of personality-driven exploration and adventure themed storytelling.

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TikTok about '80s childhood is a total Gen X flashback.

As a Gen X parent, it's weird to try to describe my childhood to my kids. We're the generation that didn't grow up with the internet or cell phones, yet are raising kids who have never known a world without them. That difference alone is enough to make our 1980s childhoods feel like a completely different planet, but there are other differences too that often get overlooked.

How do you explain the transition from the brown and orange aesthetic of the '70s to the dusty rose and forest green carpeting of the '80s if you didn't experience it? When I tell my kids there were smoking sections in restaurants and airplanes and ashtrays everywhere, they look horrified (and rightfully so—what were we thinking?!). The fact that we went places with our friends with no quick way to get ahold of our parents? Unbelievable.

One day I described the process of listening to the radio, waiting for my favorite song to come on so I could record it on my tape recorder, and how mad I would get when the deejay talked through the intro of the song until the lyrics started. My Spotify-spoiled kids didn't even understand half of the words I said.

And '80s hair? With the feathered bangs and the terrible perms and the crunchy hair spray? What, why and how?

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