Music, Music And Music

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There is no better way to measure how far society has evolved, but through music. It has been a vessel used to evince key emotions when words do not seem to be enough. The dulcet hum of the violin or even the sharp notes from an electric guitar are more than enough to express those intangible, yet impressionable feelings that cannot be fully appreciated through words. However, combine words and music together and the composer has a tool that can awaken a thousand souls all at once.

Over the millenniums, music has had a profound ability to capture revolutionary moments, condemn injustice, and raise hope for change in the future. In particular, music and singing have played an integral role in inspiring, mobilizing, and giving voice to
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Chuck D, from Public Enemy, had them in spades. 'Fight The Power ' was provocative because it was brutally explicit and unequivocal. During 1989, America was still fractured by black oppression, with partisans of white supremacy still undermining the global concept of justice. Nobody was willing to tell it how it was. Black America as Chuck saw it was still being denied – a fact soon borne out by the LA riots of 1991. But, what makes this my number one, though, is that it transcended its locality and became a call to action around the world: in Ireland, in Serbia, along the fault lines of the crumbling Soviet bloc and beyond. It crippled the remaining social constructs of black discrimination – although such prejudice still exists in minorities of today – and prompted a wider acceptance of racial equality throughout America and the world.

"Am Yisrael Chai" - Shlomo Carlebach (1965)
Ranked second is the anthem of the dynamic movement that liberated approximately two million Soviet Jews and rescued many from oblivion. This anthem launched an effective human rights push that prompted the disintegration of the Iron Curtain. The song ‘Am Yisrael Chai, ' written by Shlomo Carlebach, an American Jewish rabbi/singer-songwriter, was launched with a repetitive, easy Hasidic-style that ignited the voice of people in the US, Britain and, most of all, the silenced Jews in

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