I’ve heard people say there isn’t a musical anthem for today like there have been in times past, particularly in distressful times, times of war, times of economic depression. So I went looking to see if I could find one. And I couldn’t find one because there isn’t just one. It depends on your response to the economic and world wide problems of today what your anthem would be.
On one hand you have “Uprising” by Muse and “The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars. You could even put John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change” in that group. Let’s complain about everything, but let’s not bother doing anything productive or constructive to solve it.
And on the other you have “Cost of Livin” by Ronnie Dun. Yup, the outlooks bleak, but we’re willing to work our tails off to do what we need to do, be active in finding our own solution and not wait for someone to come by and solve our problems for us.
Which makes me wonder if there were songs for the other side of the story in the past as well. And does the fact that we only think of certain anthems mean that the other side didn’t survive? Songs are part of our folklore. We sing them for a reason. They give voice to an inner thought. Which thoughts will be the ones to survive to the next generation from this crisis? What anthem would you list for right now?