So if you haven’t heard yet, Prince recently released a news song entitled “Baltimore.” In his new song, he challenged the idea of what peace really is by calling for a real change to be made. As Prince doesn’t release music often, this sudden new song shows just how passionate he is about this issue — and it got me thinking.
Historically, music and politics have gone hand in hand before. Protest music was especially common in the 70s with the hippie movement and especially during Vietnam. As time has progressed, music and politics have often walked hand in hand as evidenced in the 80s and 90s with the resurgence of the punk movement as lead by Green Day. Presently, music has not necessarily been used in direct protest like in the past, but instead is politically charged with a focus on calling for peace — specifically as it’s connected to the current state of affairs between African-Americans and unnecessary police brutality. Prince is the latest artist to add to this call to change and it is welcome addition.
Why? See, art has the responsibility to shape culture. Art gives us an opportunity to engage with real issues in a way that can open more doors ways that many other things can’t. Artists have a responsibility to use that power. If we aren’t using that power, then we are selling our gifts short. Life doesn’t reflect art, art reflects life; but it also calls us to progress and move forward in order to change the world we live in.
That’s all for now. I’ve added the song here if you’d like to listen to it. Let me know what you think down in the comments!
Peace & Harmonies