The song sung often reflected the mood of the protesters (http://ow.ly/Yuq0O). Some songs were sung when someone was killed, so they were reflective of the sadness. Other songs were festive and sung during a victory. In this way, music played a big part in the Civil Rights Movement, allowing those involved to communicate with passerby what they were feeling and what they wanted to say. In addition, some may differ in
2.3 Why is the role of music decisive in the Civil Rights Movement? “We Shall Overcome” is what some people consider to be the soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement. As Pete Seeger explains in his book Everybody Says Freedom, it was born in the South as a gospel hymn, where it was called “It’ll Be All Right” and sung in black churches. It travelled throughout the South until it arrived to Pete Seeger and Guy Carawan, who made it popular. In 1958, Pete Seeger performed it in front of Martin Luther King Jr. Two year later, Guy Carawan sang it at the founding convention of SNCC in North Carolina, making it the unofficial soundtrack of the movement (Seeger 8).
Research shows that country songs are more likely to refer to woman’s appearance, women in tight clothing, women as objects, and talking about women by using slang (Rasmussen, 2016). While country music has females sharing their point of view in their songs, objectification of women is still present. However, female artists are creating a new way for the audience to embrace the music that is empowering to females (Keel, 2004). These studies show how female country artist can began to spark change among this music
The album “ moves from slavery to emancipation to the contemporary civil rights struggle and African independence in five moments: “ Driva’ Man”, “Freedom Day”, “Triptych: Prayer, Protest, Peace”, “All African”, and “Tears for Johannesburg (Monson).” The first song of the album, “Driva’ Man”, is a song that symbolizes the transformation of the blues form. Abbey Lincoln starts with a poem that highlights the feelings of determination during the brutality of slavery. Through the use of repetition in the song, it is able to strengthen the emotional understanding of the entire song. The climax of the album is in “ Triptych: Prayer, Protest, Peace”, which represents the cry of an oppressed people, the rage that had been constricted in fear, and Peace represents, according to how Roach explained to Abbey “ Is the feeling of relaxed exhaustion after you’ve done everything you can to assert yourself. You can rest now because you’ve worked to be free.
The song can also be interpreted in a broader sense. For instance, rather than being limited to the government, it can also be about society. People are told from a young age what to do, how to act, when to talk, and learn to know their place and this often leads to rebellion in some people which is just another phase of the machine. For example, in the
This was a very tumultuous time, with extreme suffering all over the nation. After seeing the trials and tribulation surrounding her she is inspired by the soldiers singing to write an alternate wartime song that might help encourage and give the troops hope to carry on throughout the war. During this period people needed seemed to need something to help sustain their spirit and faith that they were doing the right thing despite the suffering and destruction around them. The words and melody of this hymn seemed to strike a chord in individuals and groups alike, creating an anthem of faith, hope and victory in this very trying time. Almost two hundred years latter this hymn is still considered one of the most loved and familiar patriotic songs in the United States.
Music is a powerful tool. Having been passed down from ancient traditions, it has become a prevalent use of entertainment. It gives artists a massive platform for them to voice their opinion and declare their feelings about issues that are and were prominent. Although the power of music is abused by many artists talking about more explicit and irrelevant topics, others use this ability to make a change. Through music, men and women were able to express their want for change and progressed the fight for equality between the sexes, so they wouldn 't have to abide by the social norms and expectation of society.
The 1960s was a tumultuous decade for the United States. Along with the escalation of the Vietnam War, this decade was rocked by the Civil Rights movement and the second wave of the Feminist movements, creating an immense amount of social tension. As a result, people turned to politically-charged music, predominantly Rock n’ Roll, to release their frustrations. However, an equally important musical genre, Soul, was left in the background. Despite the fact that Soul music was not as popular in the United States, artists such as Aretha Franklin released many politically-charged songs that advocated for social justice.
Exemplifying a theme of Anthem where individuality breaks through teaches Equality a big lesson. Brothers stick together and help each other but are not supposed to be exactly like one another. In this novel it tried to make everyone the same and as one, rather than as individuals. The quote “To be a free, a man must be free of his brothers” (chapter 1 page 1) exemplifies a theme by saying that not everyone has to be the same. Equality 7-2521 was never like his brothers.