Music has long been a powerful force in inspiring people and rousing their feelings to do something worthwhile, something huge, something constructive and even something patriotic. Music can be so influential that it can even influence itself, with a composition or a song being produced after being inspired from another composition or song.
One particular type of music that continues to fire the passions of people from all over the world are patriotic music. Perhaps no country right now is ever more concerned with patriotic music than America due to the upcoming presidential election. Even Hollywood politics are strongly felt in numerous presidential campaigns where celebrities support their respective candidates of choice.
The lyrics of Francis Scott Key's Star Spangled Banner (1814), America's national anthem continues to fuel the nationalistic spirit of the nation. Such patriotic music continues to be played in major events be in the fields of sports, entertainment, education and so forth.
Hollywood politics is very evident when it comes to the national anthem since most famous singers are invited to perform it like Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey among many others. The legendary African-American guitarist, Jimi Hendrix rendered an exceptional performance of it in 1969 at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair.
Other patriotic music that never ceases to rekindle the love for one's country includes:
- Lee Greenwood's “God Bless the USA" (1984) This one sort of became the patriotic music of the moment after the infamous World Trade Center bombing.
- Bob Dylan's “Blowin’ in the Wind" (1963) In 2004, the renowned Rolling Stone magazine placed this song at no. 14 among its “500 Greatest Songs of All Time". The song touches on thoughts regarding peace, war and freedom.
- Petr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's “Overture: 1812" (1880) This classical patriotic music made many Russian hearts beat with patriotism.
- Richard Wagner's “Ride of the Valkyries" (1854-56)
Played in one unforgettable scene in a Vietnam War-themed movie (Apocalypse Now-1979) by renowned director Francis Ford Coppola, this music was incorporated as Hollywood politics try to make its stand regarding the said war.
Indeed, patriotic music is very effective in influencing people to pursue a certain belief or support a certain person or group that uphold certain idealism. As long as there is freedom of expression, patriotic music is here to stay.
Sturat Mitchel is an Experienced Article writer and likes to write on topics like patriotic music and hollywood politics .