Hey! Great to meet you guys. I’m a singer-songwriter from Leeds, and I want to share with you my thoughts on the power of music.
I enjoy writing songs about stuff that I think really matters because I believe that music has a special ability to evoke powerful emotions within us. When I think back, I can remember particular tracks which really struck a chord with me, and have woken me up to the reality of the world we live in. ‘This is America’ by Childish Gambino opened my eyes to race and gun violence in the U.S., ‘Wasn’t expecting that’ by Jamie Lawson made me think about the fragility of a human life, and ‘The A Team’ by Ed Sheeran really brought home the tragedy of addiction.
I think that some major artists, especially those in the charts, tend to underestimate the influence of their lyrics. When they include phrases which degrade women, glamorise drugs, or even incite violence, I wonder if they’ve really thought the implications through, especially when they often have such a huge fanbase of teenagers, who are still forming their views on the world. Surely these artists could be expressing important statements through their art form, such as their opinions on climate change and social inequality, rather than spreading toxic messages to vulnerable minds?
Of course, not all songs have to make a political statement in order to have a positive impact. Heartbreak songs can help people through hard times, happy and up-beat tunes can be incredibly uplifting when you need cheering up. I guess I just think it’s important that song-writers don’t underestimate the influence which their lyrics could have on their listeners, and that they use their gift for the greater good. Songs are an opportunity to share a significant message, or to help listeners to empathise with someone else’s experiences, and I don’t think that should be taken for granted.
Thanks for reading, and check out my debut single, Butterfly, if you get the chance. It was inspired by experiences of an incredibly brave and resilient single mother who I was lucky enough to meet a few years ago.
Love Lucy x