Over the course of the last few months, the world has undertaken a harsh reality with amount of violence that has spread throughout the world. As violence escalates, and the media enabling the chaos rather then deter the violence. It has called for the entertainment industry to once again help ease the tension at least for a little while.
This isn’t only about Chuck either. This goes for all walks of entertainment. Music, movies, reading whatever whatever outlet you choose, promote it on the various social media outlets.
Throughout history there has always been a need for entertainment. Life can be too stressful with the amount of responsibility and disturbing actions of others. it can cause health conditions that really burn out an individual’s mind and soul.
It does not matter what timeframe we are talking about. Music like the one below served as a means to relax and enjoy the show. It survives the test of time because of the release it generates.
Incense and Peppermints By Strawberry Alarm Clock
Music Does Wonders
During World War One and World War Two, Jazz music helped people become distracted from the world’s event. A great escape and one my favorites. Jazz musicians like Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw songs played throughout the radio. While upper class hated this music, the younger generation made it possible.
Sing, Swing Sing By Benny Goodman
My Blue Heaven by Artie Shaw
It didn’t matter if you were black, white or polka dot everyone enjoyed this music. Most bands had a mixture of black, spanish and white musicians.The music was improvised and was encourage to play as you feel. Hence, the term swing baby swing.
Dance halls filled with people as they danced the night away with their sweethearts. It was great to hear stories like these. The very stories that should be printed on the first page, but great stories aren’t paper sellers.
In the 70s, Saturday Night Fever was awesome for not only being one of John Travolta’s best films, but for two hours people could relax their minds and dance to disco.
Sam Cooke’s Twistin the Night Away also helped people just feel the music and enjoy….
Female singers also helped ease the pain from current events such as Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald. There voices echoed through concert halls. However, not everyone was happy with them. The Church banned Peggy Lee because of this song.
Fever by Peggy Lee, (Chuck vs The Suburbs)
Louis Armstrong was another great musician, who also promoted Love and fellow Jazz Musician Louis Prima had some good love song like Buona Sera.
What A Wonderful World By Louis Armstrong
Buona Sera by Louis Prima,
music wasn’t the only escape, movies also helped. Some movies like Wizard of Oz and great westerns helped people keep their minds of the wars that were taking up most of the press’s print.
In the 60s, 70s and 80s, entertainment was needed as Vietnam and political leaders being killed filled the papers. Social issues were becoming the forefront of American conflicts which end up becoming violent. As the south, a race war of the worse kind. Black and Whites hating each other over skin color and equal opportunities, which has erupted again today.
Police brutality has come under attack. Whether justified or not in the end family’s have one less member to celebrate weddings or graduations with because of the violence.
Media kept people living in fear as reports of the Cold War made it even worse. instilling fear into people is not only wrong, but its a evil cycle that is still practiced today.
Musicians like Led Zeppelin and David Bowie were all essential to keeping the peace. Songs like these help shape the time frame. The press tried to warn people of Rock and Roll as being a drug filled environment, and even attempted to get the genre banned, but to no avail.
Sweet Child of Mine by Guns and Roses:
Young Americans By David Bowie
Born on the Bayou by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Lawdy Miss Clawdy by Elvis Presley
Get on the Floor by Michael Jackson,
Music and movies always help, but when President Kennedy was killed on November 22, 1963, the National Football League elected to play their scheduled football games. It was widely criticized by the public, and many people feel it gave the league a black eye because of its decision to play.
In defense of the league, Robert Kennedy once said, his brother would of told the league to play since the Kennedy family were Football fanatics. It was the best way to help relax those mourning the untimely death of JFK. A song sang by Dion illustrates the feeling of the times
Abraham, Martin and John, by Dion
Another event that should be worth mentioning would be Woodstock. History showed how the place was filled with sex and drugs, but all those that attended the event witnessed the greatest arrangement of bands to ever perform acts like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin played.
Here are the list of bands that played that day, Some of the best acts ever to perform on stage. Originally, the event costed $18 advanced and $24 at the gate, but as people kept arriving, The concert became free, . The event took place between August 15th to 18th 1969
Some of the movies that helped curb violence to the back of the mind were The Great Escape.
Before we move on, there was a song sung by Tears for Fears that also sums up love against violence.
Sowing the Seeds of Love
Bullet and French Connection Car Chases
When a nation is broken we can survive with the use of music, movies and any other forms of entertainment. Now is the time to promote peace and help bring peace to a world filled with violence.
Another great moment comes from sports. As a New Yorker, New York Met’s Catcher Mike Piazza will always be remembered for his homerun
9/11 stopped New York and the country for weeks,
But Mike Piazza will forever be a folk hero.
After the events of 9/11 the city of New York needed something to bring the jilt back into the city. The New York Mets provided that moment.
Hope you enjoy…going down memory lane
In the comment section, show me your favorite music and or movie scenes that help settle the mind from the chaotic world events.