Over the last … 2 years lets say, I had a feeling that there would be this musical revolution of social commentary and protest songs welling up from the grassroots. “Indie”, as we now call it. While there have been a few things pop up on this site, it’s nowhere near my prediction or anticipation. Personally, most of my song ideas have been along these lines, though I have failed to bring any of them to fruition yet. I find this a curiosity, so I thought I would inquire to get other opinions, and generally discuss the “state of the nations” as it were.
As I understand it, there was an effort to discourage political discussion on this site in that time period, though it could potentially exist in the Backstage category (rarely used these days). But political songs were deemed wholly acceptable. I’m not suggesting a focus on politics per se, but more the state of being human in the modern world. What do we want? What do we need? What would a healthy (psychologically) world look like? And what would serve “we the people” in terms of governance, economics, and community. Doesn’t music concern itself with these things? It used to.
The thread title calls forth the Woodstock era and generation. A time of great upheaval and tumult. Liberal vs. Conservative, Anti-War vs. Pro-War, Pro Choice vs. Pro Life. Anti-Segregation vs. Pro-Segregation, ad infinitum ad nauseum.
There were marches in the streets, slogans, sit-ins, be-ins, love-ins, and just about any other “in” you can imagine. Turn on, tune in, and drop out. Wow, man.
All that said, as I currently see it, there is a great divide in humanity that doesn’t get much attention. I think it goes way beyond politics BTW. Recently, a media/culture war has erupted ever since Joe Rogan did one of his podcasts talking about an emerging topic: “mass formation psychosis” (aka “mass psychosis”). Which “fact checkers” have conveniently dismissed as “disinformation”.
Basically, about half of humanity believes that benevolent leaders/overlords/authorities (formerly known as “public servants” ) have our best interests in mind, and are attempting to bring us out of a terrible plague. The other half questions what is really going on, and questions the official narratives we are being told we must believe. Or else!
What is the role of musicians and artists in this era? Carry on as usual? Songs about love gone bad, crying in our beer, or how life is like a box of chocolates? Please contribute your thoughts. Because, “we’re all in this together” (one way or another).
“We are stardust, we are golden, we are caught in the devil’s bargain,
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.” - CSNY