“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”
Since time immemorial, music has been the most effective means of propaganda. During wars, revolutions and mass upheavals, music representated social changes, the radical change in views, outlooks and people’s perceptions and is the most poignant form of putting forward a radical viewpoint. Singers to the likes of Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and Janice Joplin used music to give vent to the rage existent amongst nations, cults and religions.
Music, in those times preached rebellion against the outlook of the leaders, who were tearing mankind apart, limb from limb, when in their vie for power, they ruthlessly sidestepped the power of peace. It stirred the souls of a million, seeped into their minds, permeated all social boundaries and united them, rendering them impregnable to the fatal blows of war.
It was during World War I, that such singers, poets and revolutionaries emerged all across the globe using this weapon, unlike any used till date, a weapon used to unify the thoughts, goals, opinions and beliefs, a weapon to meliorate the dampened spirits of the people of the world. The effects of music during war are quite vivid in our history, as can be seen by this quote made prior to the WWI
“Love of country, together with a pride in its institutions, smolders in the breast of all mankind. This latent spark when fanned into a blaze of fervor finds vent in … song, which in turn inspires to action. Such is the birth of patriotic music. No country, as history proves, can afford to ignore the patriotic force capable of being brought into play through the power of music, either in song or in instrumental form, both of which performed their part in inciting to action.”
Musicians including John Lennon, the most outspoken member of The Beatels, vehemently opposed the Vietnam War. His music was used as an international anthem for anti war protests. Even today, when listening to those songs of the yesteryears, we can well imagine how people from various continents, sects and cultures communicated through music. It was and still remains truly universal and goes on to stir the souls of our worlds billion.
“Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…”
Amanjit Singh Khanna