The songs in this section should really be our national anthems 

A better world

This is a quick overview about songs for a better world. If you just want to listen to the music on this theme click on the links below:
* Better world 1
* Better world 2

Highly recommended: 'I Wonder What Would Happen To
This World' sung by Jen Chapin and written by her father;
Harry. (Lyrics)

My attempt to change the course of world history (Just a little bit)
Imagine that it is some months after nineteen sixty and fifty-two. As it is still the Sixties we still believe that music can bring us together to change ourselves and the world. Music isn't trivial, tribal and divisive. Instead we can all be inspired by songs of every genre to make a difference to people we know and love, as well as those millions of miles away we will never know.
If you need additonal inspiration on top of the great music I have for you in the jukebox, remember singers such as Baez, Chapin and Geldof. (And if you don't , read on.) Joan Baez and people like Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Pete Seeger provided more than just a soundtrack to the US protest movement of the Sixties. Phil Ochs, originally trained as a journalist and wrote topical songs that gave people information. Pete Seeger and Joan Baez made 'We Shall Overcome' popular. It was used as a way of bonding people together and giving them courage during demonstrations, rallies and direct action.

Harry Chapin had a number of hits in both the US and UK in the Seventies. His most famous song being 'Cat's in The Cradle' which many people have covered. He gave much of his concert earnings to raise political awareness. He was particularly concerned about Third World poverty. He persuaded stars like Bruce Springsteen to support his vision. He also persuaded President Jimmy Carter to set up a commission on world hunger. Unfortunately he died in a car crash in 1981 but his family continue his good work.

Bob Geldof co-wrote 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' and also organised Live Aid to raise money for Ethiopia in the mid-Eighties. Twenty years late he organised the Live8 concerts to put pressure on governments to change their policy towards Africa.

If you are interested in the history and use of music to try to create a better world try

  • 'When the Music's Over' by Robin Deneslow. (It is out of print but you may be able to get a second hand copy)
  • 'This is Serbia Calling' by Matthew Collin
  • 'The Resisting Muse: Popular Music and Social Protest', an academic book edited by Ian Peddie

Alternatively try . Although this focuses mainly on changing people's health behaviour, its ideas can easily be applied to other issues.

You might also want to find out more about Nonviolent Communication. This is an organisation that teaches skills about how to solve conflict in the home, in local communities and between nations. 

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