Music, Humor, and Revolution!

Musical humor had a strong influence on me when I was young.  "Mairzy Doats" strange pronunciation of words caught my attention first.

Being 3 and being yet unexposed to the difference and prejudices of the world, I first thought it interesting, but when my dad came home from the Marines and started making fun of my grandmother's Czechloslovokian neighbors who were wonderful people and good friends, not to mention people like the nice black man at the grocery store who gave me a bubble gum cigar, I wondered if it might have been a metaphor for prejudice against people who had different accents.

I loved Spike Jones songs.  With all the WWII themes in movies, cartoons, and TV shows, it was easy to see how musical humor was used politically.

There were also commedians who expressed things that people would otherwise be looked down upon for saying.  There was Rich Little during the Kennedy and Nixon Administrations.

There was Tom Lerher doing funny political songs that spoke to issues of the day.

There were also novelty items like the Nixon Penny.

You could make a Bush Penny or Obama Penny now that they've invented the electron microscope.

As time progressed and the people were losing more jobs and benefits, and the politicians did little to stop the injustices, comedians, song writers, and others thought it might be time to become a little more sardonic.  Take George Carlin, for instance.

Hearing Weird Al doing songs about food, but nothing really thought provoking, I decided to be "Crazy Cal" and do some political satire songs like, "I'm the President Y'all."

Mother Nature created something in us that responds to and creates music.  Music is the universal language.  Music is the language of the soul. 

Rap was the anti-music!  Corporations used it to try to destroy music.  Destroy music and you destroy people's souls.  But, you see, it's not NICE to fool Mother Nature.

So Mother Nature's pitching a fit.  It's all because of Rap I tell ya!

Seriously, though, there were a few Rap musicians who saw the problems being created by Rap and tried to change things from within the industry, such as Coolio.

"Tell me why are we, so blind to see
That the ones we hurt, are you and me"

So the battle continues.  Why?

Ephesians 6:12  New International Version (NIV)

 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Uploaded 06/02/2011
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