There are many ways to express concerns regarding climate change, whether it’s through a movie like Al Gore’s “The Inconvenient Truth”, through published books such as “Climate Wars” by Gwynne Dyer. This week, I want to talk about one of my favourite ways of expressing, through my favourite form of art – music.
Celebrities have the power to influence their fans, whatever message they contain in their songs will be spread to the fans. For example, many people may be inspired by expressive artists who really try hard to get their message through, a recent example would be Lady GaGa’s “Born This Way”, her way of expressing the message of “you are who you are, do not be ashamed of who you are because we are all beautiful.” Powerful messages within music can be delivered to a lot of people!
Now here’s an example of an artist talking about global issues, and most of us heard his music, from the summer hit “Nothin’ On You” to “Just the Way You Are”, Bruno Mars recently collaborated with rapper Big Lou on a song titled “We Are Fighters”, talking about global issues. With Bruno Mars singing on the chorus: “In this life, we are fighters / And the world they try to divide us / Time is running out / We don’t have forever / Unless we break down / This war, stand together…”
And of course, from one of the most powerful artists ever lived, Michael Jackson, who sung about our problems on Planet Earth through “Earth Song”. The powerful video definitely reached out to many people.
Last year, during the 2010 Grammy Awards, artists such as Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Smokey Robinson, Celine Dion, and Usher performed this song as a tribute to the star, may he rest in peace. Events that usually gather a lot of attention from people, and using these events to spread these messages is the perfect way to educate people on issues such as climate change.
Even movies that reach out to a younger audience can spread these messages, for example the Disney/Pixar animated feature “WALL-E”, featuring the song “Down to Earth” by Peter Gabriel, a cute robot and an amazing story is all you need to spread the message of “If we keep up what we are doing the planet, we will eventually destroy our own planet”
Of course, who can forget the classic hit of “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell? Later covered by The Counting Crows and Vanessa Carlton? The amazing line of “They paved paradise / and put up a parking lot / They took all the trees / And put ’em in a tree museum / And they charged the people / a dollar and a half to see ’em”
Artists have the power to influence people with just a song, if more artists from all different kinds of genre of music can make songs about climate change or ANY global issue for that matter for their fans, the messages will be spread. Eventually, this is a way of spreading the word, so that we won’t “wait on the world to change”