“Music can change the world because it can change people.” — Bono
Music is a powerful, invisible force — from the heart-expanding sound of a nightingale to the gut-wrenching frequencies that all genres of music can sting you with.
I think you would be hard-pressed to find a single human being who doesn’t love music in some form or another.
Music Goes Straight for the Jugular
Music has played a vital role in bringing global issues to the ears of thousands, if not millions, of people.
We had The Beatles gift us with ‘All you need is love’ — not only a catchy, warm and fuzzy chorus but a very wu wei (non-doing/action) spiritually insightful message in the verse.
The 1970’s had Neil Young courageously recording ‘Ohio’ — a brave and gutsy protest song highlighting the shocking shooting of 4 student protesters at the hands of the National Guardsmen under the Nixon government.
Eddy Grant made a stand with his anti-apartheid song, ‘Gimme Hope Jo’anna’ and Bob Geldof with Midge Ure managed to put together Live Aid, the global jukebox which brought the entire world together through music for a cause — an estimated 1.9 billion viewers watched the live broadcast.
“Music is the shorthand of emotion.” — Leo Tolstoy
These are but a few examples of music spreading messages like wild-fire — let’s face it, the news reaches a select few whilst music reaches the masses.
Would You Like Some More Subliminal Politics with Your Rock?
More recently we had British band, Muse, naming an entire concert ‘HAARP’ just to bring about more awareness to the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. And let me tell you, it worked!
I had no idea what HAARP was until I saw the concert and got curious. It enticed me to watch the documentary, ‘Angels don’t play this HAARP’ — which I highly recommend.
“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” — Jimi Hendrix
And who didn’t simply relish the Red Hot Chili Peppers for ‘Californication’ — the tempting yet fake dark-side of the Hollywood dream?
Music exposes us to issues and rattles our cages. It galvanizes us to take action, it can be the biggest catalyst for change.
“None but ourselves can free our minds.” — Bob Marley
Stuck in The Net and Punching the Sky!
I have worked with musician, Templeton, on many of his projects — from designing 3 of his album covers to working on his music videos. When he called on me to help him edit his latest project, ‘The Net’, I was blown away!
His song really got me all energized and stirred something in me that was palpable — like I needed to stick it to the man (whilst playing some air-guitar)!
This got me thinking about music and it’s influence on the masses, which inevitably culminated in this article you’ve just read.
Before I introduce you to the song that sparked off this blurb, I want to ask you (because I know I’ve left out a gazillion songs that need mentioning here):
- What song does it for you?
- Which timeless classic gets you riled for action, firing on all cylinders, ready to take on the fat cats, electrifies your mind, enlightens your soul or was just darn right instrumental in your awakening?
Please leave your comments below.
Back to ‘The Net’…
“The chorus exclaims a lot of ‘Yada yada yada’ which is an urban term for a conversational gloss-over, much like ‘blah blah blah’ (empty talk). It is also a Hebrew word meaning ‘to know’, which is what this song is truly about — to get people to know the truth and to stop listening to all the bullshit.” — Templeton (excerpt from song description)
This song is worth sharing — from it’s unstoppable toe-tapping, rock beat to the underlying message of exposing the distorted media, the imminent uprising of the youth and the most obvious solution to all the global BS. Here it is:
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