Writing Anthems

Humans have written songs as a form of creativity, personal expression and battle cry through history. Putting words to music is one powerful way we can impact people on many levels, through their sensory perception.

An anthem rouses the spirit and uplifts the soul. Many songs stir emotions – but an anthem goes further. An anthem is a song that has been propelled to a higher status through the support of its audience. Songs can unify people and move them to action.The popular music of our day reflects the culture of our day. We can see the fingerprints of a certain generation in the lyrics and sound of that time. Songs like Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” (1962) or John Lennon’s “Imagine” (1971), were produced during a time of national crisis. By expressing widely-shared values or emotions, we can define a group’s solidarity or mission.¬†Because musicians and their followers are social change agents, reflecting the world around them and interpreting or changing it.

The One Earth Writing Ambassadors shared their favorite songs that moved them today:

Neely Allen chose Twenty-One Pilots – Stressed out

Anna Cervantes: Twenty- One Pilots – Isle of Flightless Birds

“Because if you don’t live by what you believe in, you’ll go crazy.”

Sohil Jain – Frank Sinatra – That’s life

Chloe Halprin – La La Land – Audition

Jillian Lesson – Justin Bieber – Life is worth living

Ashleigh Garrison – P. Diddy & Faith Evans – I’ll be missing you