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.