Music back in the ’40s had a moral base to it. But music these days has thrown morals out the door. With the postmodern view that society holds these days, one’s own personal pleasure overrides moral values. Back in the ’40s, the moral code of ethics outweighed one’s own personal pleasures. These views of morality – or lack of it – have flowed through into the music of each era.
A Generation of Morals
Marion A. Steinbronn grew up in the era that she calls “The Greatest Generation”. Marion does have a great point about the ’40s being “The Greatest Generation” though. Back then, people had respect for each other and put their family before themselves. Marion A. Steinbronn said that in her generation,”They taught me lessons in life that included love of family, morals, respect for creation, personal pride, a worthwhile contribution to society, and a code of ethics to guide it all.”
Music was a big part of Marion A. Steinbronn’s life during the “The Greatest Generation”, as she calls it. Marion A. Steinbronn said that during the ’40s, “Songs conveyed love that was sweet and everlasting and were sung by great voices like Perry Como, Mario Lanza, Doris Day and Judy Garland.”
The postmodern view of music is best explained this way: “The habit of listening to long-range musical thought, in which themes are subjected to extended melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic development, is connected to the ability to live beyond the moment, to transcend the search for instant gratification, to set aside the routines of the consumer society, with its constant pursuit of the ‘fetish,’ and to put real values in the place of fleeting desires.” (Scruton, Roger)
Effects of Music
What the postmodern world fails to realize is that music does affect their everyday way of life. If people listen to the lyrics of the music or perform the music, the temptation to act upon the lyrics is magnified each and every time the song is heard or performed.
A prime example of a musician who eventually acted on what he wrote and performed is Vybz Kartel. Here are some of the lyrics from one of Vybz Kartel’s songs:
‘De War Na Dun/4 Star’ by Vybz Kartel
“Di war nuh done till di whole ah dem dead
Mac ninety rifle buss off yuh head
A murder! So bwoy ah beg…
Gunshot dash di slow foot like orange weh peg”
Here is what happened to Vybz Kartel after eventually acting on one of his songs that he wrote and performed:
“a jury convicted Kartel and three co-defendants of murdering Clive “Lizard” Williams, who was beaten to death at Kartel’s house over two missing guns in 2011. His body has never been found.” (rap-up.com)
Moral of This Article
The moral of this article is to be careful of what you listen to!