From the great depression, to the Vietnam war, to the invention of the compact disk, our world has pursued its development day by day with close to nothing remaining constant. While music is quite similar to this concept, we can hold on to the fact that regardless of it's evolution, it continues to be a staple in our everyday lives.
Similar to most mundane concepts, music is primarily influenced by the era in which it is constructed. Although, it may not be recognized at first listen, lyrics or even genres are usually influenced or targeted at topics the creator feels inspired to recognize and bring attention to. This theory can be held responsible for the direction of change music takes.
From decade to decade different worldly matters emerge before our eyes. The twenties was no exception to this. When we recall the twenties the word roaring quite commonly surfaces in our brain. Simultaneously we find ourselves connecting the word roaring with feet dancing, fast Jazz music and bodies swaying to slow Blues tunes. How did two different genres dominate the twenties? The twenties were clouded with a variety of overwhelming emotions. People both rejoiced in the realization the war was over and their loved ones could return home, and were dispirited that many people would be returning as permanently changed individuals or merely not returning at all. The music popular during this time was a clear reflection of its surroundings.
The thirties, like the twenties, came with its own affairs. The great depression, and the effects of the dust bowl, rippled across the country causing havoc and an overall sense of despair. Despite this era being one of the most strenuous time periods in American history, the music did not mirror the conditions presented. Instead artists found themselves creating music of a buoyant nature in an effort to keep spirits high. With this came the emergence of classic pop. Musicians such as Duke Ellington and Glen Miller thrived during this time and set the tone for the decade to come.
While the forties brought on the beginning of world war two and many social injustices to come, the music kept at the purpose of keeping people hopeful. It was not until the sixties that music took on an entirely different sound and meaning. The world peace movement was suddenly all the rage and individuals strived to spread love and unity. Amongst those people, Bob Marley. Marley made music that seemed to radiate tranquility not only with his words, but the melodies that backed them. Marley's beautiful tunes changed the course of music for the seventies and inspired many new artists to surface.
Today music varies in a much greater sense than that of the past. This is predominantly due to the influx of technology use. Not only are social inequities and topics spread quicker and more effectively from social media to social media, but musicians and artists have a much larger platform to share their passion.Tagg Digital. (n.d.). Evolution of music over the decades - tagg. Tagg Digital. https://www.taggdigital.com/blog/evolution-of-music-over-the-decades.