Music and Its Emotional Effects on World Politics

For ages music has been used as an instrument of expression of one’s thoughts and feelings and has affected and helped shape many societies, communities, countries and in fact the whole world. Be it Bandwagons, movement music or garage bands, they have all helped in restructuring the social, political and cultural relations among human groups around the earth. A piece of music has often been used to showcase the hardships, displeasure and hatred of the people from different social classes, ethnic groups, cultures and classes, exerting a greater impact on the world cultures and making it possible to imagine the world in new terms. Songs like ‘We can overcome’ have played an important role in changing the world politics.
Bandwagons meant a wagon carrying a band usually meant for spreading ideas of the new world helping in the structuring of movements and revolutions for bringing a change in the society by creating a shift in the thoughts of the people. Songs can link together ideas or events that the listener may not have grouped together. Music has had multifarious functions from its origin. It is agreed that music serves the purpose of spirit maintenance or reaffirmation, which is an essential function for movements. It helps to lift the spirits of members who are already involved in the movement as well as it helps in the education and recruitment of potential masses which greatly helps in the boosting the enthusiasm.

Songwriters like Bob Dylan and Bob Marley have contributed to the changes in the psyche of the people in today’s world with a hope to make it a better place to live in. They have helped persuade people who have identified with the movement but continue to remain inactive, to take the step into concrete movement activity. The SNCC freedom singer’s tour of the north, in Virginia, in the early 1960s informed potentially sympathetic northerners that there was a movement of resistance in the south during the Civil Rights Movement.

Genres like Anarcho-Punk and Anti-War songs evolved after revolutionary musicologists started using electronically mass distributed music as a weapon to fight for bringing a change in the minds and behavior of individuals. Political songsters used the ability of music to educate people and dominate their mind to bring new approaches to politics and society. Recruitment of individuals by pushing them beyond their intellectual awareness also helped change the political face of the world. An evidence of such recruitment is found Pablo Vila’s account of how “Rock Nacional” partisans became an essential component of the Anti-Military-Dictatorship movement in Argentina or Peter Wicke’s account of the role of rock music in political change in the former East Germany. Thus, we see that not only do the lyrics of a song echo the sentiments of a movement they also have the potential of conjuring up tumults for creating a better political environment around the world.