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Rhythm Nation

by | Nov 22, 2020

‘’ Are we looking for a better way of life
We are a part of the rhythm nation
People of the world unite
Strength in numbers we can get it right
One time
We are a part of the rhythm nation’’

Isn’t it funny that some songs don’t seem to age, and their message remains as current as it was back then?! When we look back at the songs we loved ‘way back’ and rediscover only to realise (in some instances) that sadly things still need improving and fighting for.
Janet’s song ‘Rhythm Nation’ is one of them. The core message remains.

Janet said about this song: ‘’I thought it would be great if we could create our own nation. One that would have a positive message and that everyone would be free to join.” And ‘’ And the one thing that we all have in common is music.’’ (Source Wikipedia)

Check out the pledge at the beginning of the song:

‘’ We are a nation with no geographic boundaries
Bound together through our beliefs
We are like-minded individuals
Sharing a common vision
Pushing toward a world rid of color-lines’’

And that was in 1989!! Let that sink in. I am a little disappointed and upset that we still judge each other so much by the colour of our skin. It really makes me sad to think we have not come further and still have so much work to do

Having said that, there is one tool we all have that can assist us with this – Music. Music is like the air we breathe; we need it to create and build a life we love and initiate change.
And just as Janet has done with her whole Rhythm Nation album, we need a way to express our feelings and creatively come together to dismantle all this.

I admit I have still so much to learn and change in myself and around me. This year especially has shown me that I know so little about so much, but I am trying and willing to grow and learn.

Or as Janet sings:

‘’ No struggle no progress
Lend a hand to help
Your brother do his best
Things are getting worse
We have to make them better
It’s time to give a damn
Let’s work together come on, yeah
People of the world today
Are we looking for a better way of life
We are a part of the rhythm nation
People of the world unite
Strength in numbers we can get it right’’

Are you with me to build a Rhythm Nation so we can make more change, in a peaceful, creative and engaging way?

 

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