Pop as politics

In TFC on January 26, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Music can do so many things.

It can make the soul soar, it can soothe bruised emotions, it can comfort.

It can also make a statement.  The lyric “sing if your glad to be gay” is an example of that us lot should be aware of. If you’re not:

Then there are the songs of patriotism. These can be heart-stirring or dirge-like or quasi-fascistic.  It’s tricky territory.

For languages struggling to hold the line against the bulldozer of anglo-american culture, music is an effective weapon in ensuring new generations don’t get overwhelmed by bells and whistles of a multi-billion dollar industry.

Now something akin to revolution is underway in Wales.  The band Masters in France has set the challenge of getting a Welsh language song in the UK Top 40 chart. The campaign is already getting coverage and I’d wager that “Yn y ddinas” will get there. 

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu has shown how language is no barrier when it comes to music.  That is the beauty of the crotchets and quavers – gotta love that.


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