MUSIC CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
With Open Mic/Stages growing rampantly in the Manila and hopefully everywhere else in the world too...
I just want to share my inspirational thoughts for the #dreamers #musicians and #artists today:
There is a necessity for us to come together to show society the beauty and power of music and the use of art to voice our stories of truth, love, and to heal in order to progress and raise awareness of issues around the world. Not just for sex selling and for entertainment purposes. Until that moment comes, we can then unite our voices in one stage as a community of musicians and artists to make a change large enough to soften hearts and touch souls in order to tell our stories, alleviate pain and also to seek justice by having our voices heard. I strongly believe and have faith that there will come that day and the stars will align into place. We may not know if it'll ever happen in this lifetime, but I will believe it as long as I shall live. Let us trust that God and the Universe is good and keep on fighting!
So, musicians and artists, please do not stop being creative and innovative. Drop your egos. keep writing. Let's work together. Keep collaborating and helping each other. Don't stop what you're doing, because our music and art can make even the slightest difference to someone else's life and cause a chain reaction for the good. Leave your mark and your legacy with your music and art, teach people the importance of individuality and creativity.
On another note,
In this Huffington Post article Music Can Change The World, it states:
"In 2009, over 90 percent of the 174 songs that made it on to the Billboard Top 100 charts were focused on relationships and sex, according to a study conducted by the SUNY Albany Department of Psychology. These artists could have been singing to raise awareness about any number of issues or facing us: the failing global economy, immigration reform, poverty, war, and protecting reproductive rights as Roe v. Wade is being chipped away at, just to name a few.
Instead, most artists choose to write about how they want us to give them everything tonight because they are sexy and they know it." - Brian Benton, Huffington Post, 2012
Aside from love songs about relationships (I'm guilty of that), perhaps let's encourage each other to start writing more music together to raise awareness of issues we care about like the environment, education, self-esteem, and to promote love, peace, social justice and equality if we haven't already have. We need all the help we can get to come together.
For some reason, I can only think that rap/poetry and spoken word with music is the best medium to show anger toward injustice. While music can as well be educational. Let's explore, open doors, tear down walls and collaborate. Let's be an example and create better songs for the next generation and our children's children.
All I know though, is that facing if we are facing a crisis, all we can think about is our loved ones. So we need to think outside the box and look at the bigger picture. Let's take steps to make a change.
The main point is, our voices and the message in music, writing and art can make a difference in the world as long as we have freedom of speech and our works can be rightfully preserved.
Let's heal and make this a better world.