During an age when our attention span is nil, it always amazes me when I see people stopping in their tracks to listen to their favorite song, even when the music is decades or hundreds of years old. What is the attraction? In a world, where youth is sought after, and innovation is gobbled down like popcorn, how does non-contemporary music survive?
In a centenary celebration of an Act of Parliament from 1918 that allowed some women in the UK to vote for the first time, a BBC Radio 3 article published a lists of 8 works of music that had a tremendous social impact in history.
At the top of this list, you will find ‘La Marseillaise’ the national anthem of France. Further, to illustrate in the way that you will never forget, I have included a clip from Casablanca. (in 1:08 min)
Also on the list is ‘Strange Fruit’, a narrative of the dark days in the American South.
Notes and lyrics tell the stories of mankind surviving wars, regimes, famine, diseases, and destruction. These songs are an integral part of what we are, where we come from, and have the power of leading us to where we are going to land next.