Time to Ponder Protest Songs


Long ago in America without internet or cell phones, song moved a generation to take action. Music united generations, gave people a voice and served as a undeniable call to action. Vietnam war protests of the 60s and 70s, Mississippi blues of the 20s and 30s, civil rights marches in the 50s,  great depression in the 30s – all were defined by songs of protest. Protest music served to comfort and unite, it was a call to action, a rallying cry, a means of letting us know we were part of something.

Muddy Waters, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Woodstock, fade into obscurity. The power of protest songs lost on a generation of gamers and tweeters. Ponder outcomes of the “occupy movement” if they were able to put rage into song. Music has become an obsolete tool for change. I’m not saying political music /artists don’t exist, but  state with conviction – tweets will never touch the soul. Facebook posts, comments on reddit can’t match the power of music. The world is a different place from the era when thousands of voices sang in unison, not hoping for change, but expecting it.

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/article/828049–where-have-all-the-protest-songs-gone

Pete Seeger