Musica Memorabilia

Today is as good as any other day for me to revisit a few of the musical hits of yesteryears. Many of the songs of the 1960s and 1970s were very much influenced by the political turmoil experienced worldwide, in particular the US massive involvement in the Vietnam War, and the consequent emergence of the peace movement. For instance, ‘Imagine’, a song written and sung by the late John Lennon, a Beatle, expresses his hope for a more peaceful world.


The Scottish group, The Marmalade, made it big with its all-time favourite, ‘Reflections of My Life’. It is said that this song was also written with the Vietnam War in mind.


The weaknesses of a system in society also became the focus of some of the songs in the 60s, 70s and even 80s. ‘Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2’ by British rock band Pink Floyd, for example, is a biting criticism of the educational system of the time that was perceived as oppressive. This situation may find its parallel to some degree in certain parts of contemporary Malaysia.


A cyberjournalist friend of mine alerted to me a number sung by a British musical duo, Lighthouse Family, who also makes an equally, if not more, forceful statement on world politics and human liberty. It’s simply called ‘Free’. This musical group was formed in the mid-1990s.


‘Easy to be hard’ is another song that has elements of a social commentary, apart from it being an observation of human relationship. This number was sung by a popular American rock band, curiously named Three Dog Night, which was formed in the late 60s.




1 Response to “Musica Memorabilia”

  1. 1 patricia 11 June 2008 at 3:27 pm

    I first heard John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ too long ago to remember, and it still sends chills down my spine. Marmalade’s ‘Reflections of my life’ is another beautiful song that speaks so much to us. These, and Pink Floyd’s rock classics are favourites of both my husband and me. Dare I wonder if you are an oldy-moldy like we are? [We’re in our fifties ;)] Or, are you just an excellent example of someone you recognises good music when you hear it – irrespective of when it was written: Lighthouse Family being a case in point. May we drown our superficial differences and ‘Come Together’ with good music. Salam.

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