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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Current Songwriters Finally Start Standing Up

Ok, So I'm going to do something weird and do two posts in a row. The last one was a little bit more sentimental where as I'm hoping this one will start discussion. All I have to say is it's about time that mainstream music started hearing some songs about the current war. Throughout the Vietnam war there were tons of songs, everyone was writing a song about it whether in support or against, mostly against. However, in the current day and age, it's almost as if the songwriters out there have either been too apathetic or too afraid to speak their mind.
There were of course a few that did right away, most notably Toby Keith. And there were boatloads of songs about nine eleven itself. But once the "war" started, there was a silence. There weren't any songs coming out that were political in any way shape or form, at least not mainstream. I found that sad and somewhat disconcerting.

Which in turn is why I'm glad that there are now songs finally coming out that are political and that songwriters finally are stating their opinions. There are three that come to my mind right this minute; John Mayer's waiting on the world to change, Maroon 5's recent song makes me wonder and a song off Linkin Park's new CD Hands Held High. I sincerely hope that this is just the beginning of our pop stars speaking their mind. I believe that if the people who are already in the lime light speak their minds more will follow and maybe the citizens of the United States will wake up from their daze and remember that we live in a Democracy that is a capitalist society.

It's your turn, what do you think of the music industry finally speaking up through their music?

3 comments:

Rae Wood said...

I think that the entire society needs to stand up and start talking writing singing painting or even dancing about this damn war. Thats the problem these days. You see in the past the war was so much a part of your life, people were asked to grow gardens, we cut supplies, people collected metal and rubber for the troops, we gave up some of our luxuaries to help our army. Now however, wars go on for who knows how long and our only complaint is that sometimes gas prices are too high. I feel like If we still had to be so much a part of our wars we would not be in such bad situations for so long. We need to be feeling what is happening. The government is claiming to be protecting us. That really is a nice thought, but I have done that before. I have tried to protect a group of people from things that were not pleasant and in the end all it did was hurt them becuase when I could no longer protect them no one else was willing or able to take my place. It would have been better if they had felt everything and were able to then set up their own protections. As a people we need to feel what is going on or it will continue forever until it has grown so big our government cannot keep it from us and by then there wont be anythign we can do anymore and we will get it all at once. It will all turn out very baddly!

Jana said...

too true, i know the situation you are talking about and it does apply to society as a whole. In response i think that we can help lead that fight and show others that we can stand up without getting hurt by the government.

Jana said...

too true, i know the situation you are talking about and it does apply to society as a whole. In response i think that we can help lead that fight and show others that we can stand up without getting hurt by the government.