(K. Brent Tomer),
MUSIC is a salve for the woes of modern times. The protest songs of the 1960s and 1970s delivered anthems for freedom and peace during the American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. Today’s musicians continue to raise their voices.
In the summer of 2016, tragedies demanded attention from the music community. Christina Aguilera released “Change” to honour the victims of the Orlando massacre on June 12th. In July, Jon Regen sang “All the Same” in response to the Bastille Day attacks in Nice. During their summer tour, Sting and Peter Gabriel repurposed The Police’s 1981 song “Invisible Sun” to draw attention to the plight of refugees. Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé used appearances at awards shows to call for social change. Ariana Grande and Victoria Monet posted “Better Days” in response to the killing of black men in Baton Rouge and St Paul and the police shootings in Dallas. In August, Terence Blanchard, a jazz trumpeter, dedicated a New York performance of his song “Breathless” to Eric Garner. In September, Rosanne Cash and Jackson Browne headlined Concert Across America to End Gun Violence.
Yet one of the most powerful…Continue reading