Blog: Power Chords

Luke Oram

We must never forget art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.  

-       John F. Kennedy

 Imagine that every great movement in society is a chain; a connected series of events. Cause and effect – the evolution of a single idea into the common thoughts of mass consciousness.

Throughout history, this is how change has been effected. An idea starts within the great thinker. At the start, he is alone; often ridiculed – his thought pushes at the boundaries, it suggests something at once ridiculous and seemingly arrogant. The earth is, in fact, round. He spends his first musing months on the fringe of society; a radical, a rebel.

It’s in this place, the thinker finds the artist; the dissatisfied creative soul bored with the status quo, eagerly seeking out compadres, the ‘crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes'; In the artist, he finds a mind open sky-wide; an adventurer who knows all–too-well that music is poetry, rules are made to be broken, colours mixed and genres to be blended. In the thinker, the artist finds a crazy spark; a single rebellious thought.

He turns that thought into a song. He puts the controversy to a tune. He makes the politics into a rally cry; takes the heartbreak of one person and turns it into an anthem for the people.

It’s the song that delivers the thought to the crowd. It’s the crowd that take the rally cry to the steps of parliament. It’s the evolution of change, set to a verse that will live forever. In a song, the thinker finds his messenger. 

We must never forget that the artist is the prophet.

They must never forget the power of their voice.