Friday, September 10, 2010
Music for Turbulent Times
During every turbulent time period in our nation's history there have been songs that brought our citizens together, uplifting them, giving them a rallying cry, and bolstering their faith.
The awesome part is that everyone knew the words and could sing along.
Folk songs motivated my generation during the turbulent sixties. We had great music and terrific musicians who not only sang the songs but went out and marched in the protests.
World War II, the Great Depression, and World War I there were rousing ditties to raise the spirits of our citizens.
There were songs for the unions seeking a better life for oppressed workers--songs that my grandfathers and my father knew.
Our country is going through some tough times right now. I believe we need some new songs, but I write books--not music. I write romances with guaranteed happy endings. That's what romances are all about--the good feeling at the end when it all works out for the characters--even if there's been some tough times--even if there have been tears and frustration--even if the characters lose their jobs and their healthcare. There is hope.
We need positive, uplifting songs right now. Songs with easy melodies, clear simple words, and stimulating choruses. Songs that will give us all a good feeling. Songs that will promote brotherhood. Songs that will put an end to divisiveness.
We need songs to help us work together like one big, happy--if somewhat dysfunctional--family. Joyful songs.
Can somebody please get to work on that?