Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Five songs to turn democracy

If you're limited to watching television these days is very possible that you are not aware of what is happening in Spain, but it seems that something is stirring in this country. People have decided to end almost spontaneously lethargy that were submerged, and demanding a change in the Spanish democracy.

Right now it's hard to say where will these protests, and it is obvious that the movement will need more specific goals do not end up dissolving into oblivion from next Sunday, election day. But people have decided to rise and is a good starting point. Music has always been intimately connected with this kind of revolutionary movements, connecting with social realities like no other art can.

On days like these, in which we are called to think about the world around us and what we can do to improve it is well to recall some songs able to turn democracy. Could not miss a selection like the singer Bob Dylan, whose songs have been for decades anthems for change and social protest.

Perhaps the theme that best represents the spirit of the poet of Minnesota is' The Times They Are a-Changin'', written in 1963 and published a year later in his third studio album, which gave its name. Nearly half a century later, his letter calls for action from all social classes is still perfectly valid and current.

Video | YouTube With a tone far more aggressive than Dylan, albeit with very similar goals, Public Enemy is another great example of willingness to move consciousness through music. 'Fight the Power' is his most famous battle cry, but despite the vehemence that his name and his video suggests, it in no way promotes a fight against any and all costs.

Empty is not a war against authority, but a call to protest against the misuse of it. Video | YouTube Another song that perfectly reflects the spirit of what is already known as the moving 15-M. If you do not like how things are going, stay on the couch moaning will not change anything.

Reggae music and his representatives as The Wailers have always been the claim by flag, as evidenced by this iconic item included on the 1973 album entitled Burnin '. Although it will be forever connected to Bob Marley, the song was also composed by Peter Tosh. Video | YouTube not look at the lyrics and the attitude of The Clash political correctness, but the darts go directly to the target.

With 'Clampdown', cut included in the essential London Calling 1979, the British fired on those who are led by conformism and the comforts of today's world, even if it means abandoning its ideals. Preserve the welfare state requires that we not be passive in the face that with which we are not satisfied.

Video | YouTube Years pass and the music changes, but unfortunately the message is the same. This is the latest song from the list, as Nine Inch Nails included it in the With Teeth album that was released in 2005, but his call to action is the same as in the other examples given. In this case the main focus of the protests was the policy of George W.

Bush, but the idea is sent to ask whether we are willing to bite the hand that feeds us is universal.

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