Monday, May 01, 2017

Donald Trump: Make Music Great Again?

Editorials: Donald Trump: Make Music Great Again?

Rarely an event – the arrival of Donald Trump at the White House – has generated so many negative reactions. With the latter having so many consequences on so many different aspects of life. From racism to sexism. Not to mention the disrespect of both human dignity and our environment. And I’m not even speaking of the word given via treaties of all sorts. That said, one can find benefit(s) in each situation. With the first coming to mind being the inspiration that situation may engender musically speaking…

Donald Trump: Make Music Great Again?
Photo: © Boston Magazine

A quick look at history tells us as to how music has never been so vibrant than during troubled times. Civil rights, segregation, urban violence, drug addiction, environment, conflicts, necessity of reforms… As many themes which have been serving as the core of countless genres from Blues to Soul, Hip-Hop and Reggae among many others. With the recent election of Donald Trump as the President of America to potentially add itself to the list. Therefore putting himself in the position to possibly help make music great again…

Music as a medium… The idea has been around for ages. As illustrated by the existence of the minstrels who were sort of forwarding the news from a place to another back in the Middle Age. Music as a medium… Just like so many national anthems embedding patriotic lyrics. Not to mention the work songs and the Negro Spirituals which saw the light during the tragic period of slavery in America. Or, more recently, the local Jazz scene which braved the Communist regime in Poland. And the list goes on…

Music has always taken a great part in the transmission of messages of all sorts. Often seen as the ultimate tool to gather hearts and souls on their will to resist. And it’s most likely during these circumstances that it gave birth to some of its most interesting episodes. And I’m not even talking about events such as the Woodstock or the Wattstax festivals to name but a very few!

Make Music Great Again? Donald Trump‘s tough positionning on countless matters seems in the situation to contribute helping this to happen. From the impressive amount of negative reactions that followed his election. To the global refusal of artists to perform at his inauguration. Then their participation to the massive pussyhats protests all over the country and abroad the day after.

As a result, it wouldn’t be that surprising to see the return of socially/politically-aware songs in the weeks/months to come.

Some of you might argue the fact that this won’t have any effect on the US President’s decisions. Let’s not forget the past though. And most likely the legacy of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. A man who kept away Britain from the Nazi occupation. A figure who made himself a name in our history for having said ‘NO’ to fatality when so many around thought everything’d been written. A man who… made Britain great again!

Make Music Great Again seems pretty much like the way to make the world better. With Soul, R&B, Hip-Hop or Rock on their way to spice up our environment once again, don’t you think? As usual, we gladly welcome your thoughts…

Cover original artwork: © Katarzyna Oleska 2016

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