ROCK AND ROLL ERA AND BEYOND 6
Rockand Roll Era and Beyond
Rockand Roll Era and Beyond
‘Mosh’is one of Eminem’s most popular songs. ‘Mosh’ was released onOctober 2004 and it featured in the top charts for a couple of weeks.The song was released just before the presidential elections and itwas a protest song. Eminem’s popularity as a rapper was because hewas not Caucasian yet his rap style was smooth and it featured a lotof protests, which was associated with Caucasian rappers. The songought to be included in the learning list due to its message andarrangement of words and phrases for purposes of communication. Thesong spoke about an issue that haunts Americans to this day.
‘Mosh’was a protest song that focused on admonishing the state for wagingwar in the Middle East. Eminem represented the sentiments of mostAmericans who felt that the war was unjustified. According to generalopinion, the war cost taxpayers a huge part of their taxes as thestate used billions of dollars to sustain it. Popular opinion heldthat the war was a façade for a means of getting cheap oil yet thegovernment said that it was fighting terrorism. In ‘Mosh’ Eminemsaid ‘No more blood for oil,’ (Sanneh,2004)this brought out the popular opinion among Americans. Apart from themany lives lost by Middle Eastern citizens, many Americans soldierslost their lives in the war.
Thesong has a smooth flow with the lyrics well arranged. Unlike most rapsongs, which do not have a message and lacks a smooth flow of ideas,‘Mosh’ has a deep message that touches on the general feelings ofAmericans. The song also has a smooth flow of ideas. The beginningof the song focused on pledging the spirit of being American so as togive it a basis of the argument (Sanneh,2004).A good song with a story line gives the root for the story so as togive it meaning. This is because a good story has a basis, whichgives it meaning.
‘Mosh’focused on the American war in Middle East which was waged following9/11. The war was meant to go after terrorists, but it eventuallylasted longer than anticipated. The war has since cost a lot to thetaxpayers and this has led to anger among Americans, who do not seethe fruits of the war. According to Eminem, the war did not makesense as it ruined other societies and the Americans benefitedthrough cheap oil. The song ought to thus be studies as it is anaccurate example of how a protest song should be written.
Inthe song ‘Mosh’ Eminem also captured the mood of Americans andtheir attitude towards the political class. The song was a reflectionof the dissatisfaction of the society with the way politicians werehandling the war and its support. ‘Mosh” was released when thesociety was headed for elections and this made it relevant to thesituation at the moment (Sanneh,2004).The idea of music, like any other form of art, is to convey a messagethat is relevant to the society at a particular time. Music is areflection of what society believes in and what is important. ‘Mosh’thus ought to be studied due to its relevance to the society at thetime it was released. The song vividly captured the mood of thesociety and its dissatisfaction with the political class.
Agood song is one that also remains relevant for a long time. ‘Mosh’was released ten years ago yet it continues to remain relevant in thesociety (Petridis,2004).The state is yet to withdraw from the Middle East and people stillfeel dissatisfied with the outcomes of the war. The Americangovernment continues to use billions of dollars in sustaining a warthat did not achieve its goal. The war was supposed to finish terrorgangs and end terrorism in the world. Instead, terror has spreadacross the world and it is one of the main fears of the twenty-firstcentury. ‘Mosh’ thus continues to be a relevant song as itsmessage could be applied for many years and still remain relevant. Agood song is one which captures the events of society and keeps themrelevant, which means that the song can be studied for historicalpurposes.
Thesong ‘Mosh’ also uses rhetorical devices and other literarydevices to convey its message. The use of literary devices isimportant because it captures the message in a few words. This makesthe song short and precise, making it easy to listen to andunderstand. A song is a form of literature which is important as itconveys messages and uses proper standards of language (Sanneh,2004).‘Mosh’ uses literature devices such as repetition to emphasizethe message. It can thus be studied as a way of understanding howdifferent literature devices to carry messages that would otherwiserequires too many words to communicate.
Thesong also captures different aspects of the society such as social,political and economic issues, which are the three most importantaspects of the society. The purpose of music is to capture certainaspects of society. The theme makes it either relevant of irrelevantdue to the nature of the society’s activities. ‘Mosh’ isimportant because it captures three different features thatcharacterize the society and they are thus what define it. Theability to capture different aspects of society is important as itshows how a piece of art can combine different aspects and representthem in a concise way.
Thesong also ought to be studied due to its popularity. A popular itemought to be studied as it gives an insight into the mood of thesociety and what the society considers important. It is necessary tomake sure that a person understands society and one way ofunderstanding society is by understanding what influences it(Petridis,2004).The popularity of ‘Mosh’ makes it a perfect item of insights intothe society as a society is what shapes the music. The study of musicrequires a deep understanding of what society considers important soas to remain relevant.
Inconclusion, ‘Mosh’ by Eminem ought to be included into the listof songs to be studied due to its message and arrangement of wordsand phrases for purposes of communication. ‘Mosh” was releasedwhen the political temperatures were high and it captured the mood ofthe society. The song also has a smooth arrangement of ideas, whichmakes it possible for the listeners to follow through and understandthe message being conveyed. The song also uses literary devices forpurposes of communicating a long message in a few words. ‘Mosh’also combines social, political and economic aspects of the society,which are the three most important issues that shape music and otherforms of art.
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Sanneh,K. (2004). Allthe time in the world Slim Shaddy? That’s scary.New York: The New York Times.