Let’s mix it up.
Everyone influences one another, and one thing tends to feed into others. Music is both a give and take. I’m not saying Caracas is the only place with problems. The United States is a bit of a running mess itself. You can see the frustration, the tension, the need to speak up for those who can’t.
Lemon-NERD. November 2017
At first glance, it may not seem like much thought. But you’d be completely wrong. The choreography alone is powerful, and no wonder. It’s done by JaQuel Knight, the man also behind Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” and “Formation.”
He mentioned what’s important in dance that I think applies to so much more: “It’s freedom. It’s not holding back. It’s not being placed in the box. It’s doing what feels good to yourself. It’s not worrying about others. It’s wanting to have a voice. All of those pieces, it’s making sure we have that now.”
1000-NERD. December 2017
Within a mere month, another music video drops. This one takes all the rage from politics, racial injustice and acts in a powerful way. This video is telling us to wake up.
Protests happen in more than one way and art is a way to react. The water scene with Mike Tyson speaking is unconventional, but what better to capture this choking feeling of helplessness we sometimes feel in our own supposed free nation?
The United States argues that we are for diversity. But our nation is composed of humans and hence a heavily flawed system. In other words, we need music like this as a blunt reminder.
Sick Boy-The Chainsmokers. January 2018
This attacks a bit of a different problem, but it still addresses that our nation isn’t in a good place. Social media is a part of our lives whether we like it or not. Finding a balance between being transparent and curating a lifestyle is something we haven’t had to deal with before.
We are strongest when we are pushed past our limits, past what we think we can endure. To me, this is what struck hardest to me from this song.
Say Something-Justin Timberlake. January 2018
I’ve had plenty of talks with peers, family, and strangers. Most of us are sick of the toxicity that has filled our nation. Learning when to speak up or stay quiet is a fine balancing act. More than ever, we need to be aware.
Art is an expression as much as it is a platform. These are A-list artists that I’ve come across who have had enough of where we stand. I’m sure there are plenty more out there, and if you find any: please comment. I’d love to hear them! Our music is speaking to us, and I’m listening.
I’ve been so motivated by it all. It’s moved me to say, yes, this is the time to talk about the riots. This is the time to talk about not settling for what isn’t justice. If not now, then when?
It’s time to ensure that illustration does the same.