Whether you choose to admit it or not, today’s youth is in a crisis. Too many young adults who will one day be the leaders of our great nation have no one to look up to. Because of this, the music they listen to is becoming more important than ever.
Each of the past five decades can be described by the music that steered a generation. One significant difference between now and times past is all the youth of today has are songs. They are missing the influence of men and women that taught them how to act on inspirational tunes in a way that created positive change.
I am not going to say that I support or that I am against the movement, but the United States of Ho99o9 in echo park is just one example of what may be the answer to what our youth needs. In a nation that is full of corrupt politicians attempting to push their agendas, athletes who continue to be arrested for drug and alcohol use and violent behavior, where institutions and organizations proclaim the wrong of others instead of trying to correct their own insufficiencies, music may be all the next generation has left.
Music literally creates a voice for young adults. It provides them with something they can relate to, something to connect with. Music provides the next generation a means of releasing feelings and emotions that the main stream media tell them they have no right expressing, a right some want our kids to believe they haven’t “earned yet.”
Instead of looking to create a positive movement themselves, the older generations would rather condemn the music and stop the movement, simply because they don’t agree with the cause. Instead of doing something to be a role model or a figure for others to stand behind, people in their late 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s would rather discuss what everyone else is doing wrong.
Here’s the issue I see though. Keep in mind, this is simply my opinion as a 30 something white male who is concerned about the future, the future of my two year old daughter. Although I don’t listen to it as much anymore, music is great. I remember how it felt to hear a song and be inspired. I can recall memorizing lyrics, and wanting to do something different.
However, when you inspire a large amount of young adults, you are still left with a group of, while inspired, lost young adults. Bring back the phrase “role model.” Deliver an amazing performance without allowing a media publication to come up with photos and images that will be used against you. Show the youth of today that you aren’t simply singing a song, demonstrate that you are living your life in a manner others should follow.
Be the change
Instead of posing for pictures with fans at your favorite bar or partying backstage, give someone the opportunity to snap a shot of you creating a difference in your community. Yes, in a way, it’s sad that this great country has come to this. But, this is your opportunity. Don’t shy away from the words role model or positive influence, accept and embrace the challenge.
Don’t limit yourself to the goal of selling a million copies of your next album. Instead, try to be someone the next generation will sing about, remembering the difference you made.