Welcome to the seventh day of Pass it to the Left’s ‘Artist Series!’ We have invited amazing artists and musicians to share their work with us, as well as their thoughts on their art, their music, social change, and community Enjoy!
What role do you think that art and/or music play in social change movements?
I think they play a very valiant role, in social movements though they are only pieces of a larger Voltron. I’m the type of guy who’d like to believe that one song or glorious art instalment could inspire every citizen of the globe and raise us up to a new consciousness and have us basking in the warm UV-free rays of enlightenment. I’m an idealist that way. It’s a bit naive though to think art is that powerful. I mean I have friends my age who grew up in other countries who never even heard of the Beatles. THE BEATLES! I mean c’mon those guys are bigger than Jesus! So yeah, I think it plays a role as it carries a message and inspires or attracts and can attract someone to a cause. So I guess I’d think of art or music as the messenger to the masses that is a little less aggressive than the man with the megaphone and a lot more attractive and sexy than the politician at the press conference. I don’t know if art has enough sway to convert someone who’s already aligned politically to one side or the other, though I think really good stuff could knock someone off the fence.