Songs From The Vietnam/Civil Rights era By Grady Middendorf
Stayin' Alive~The Bee Gees
The Bee Gees released this hit in 1977. The hit quickly climbed the charts to the number one spot. The song is about the notion of surviving everyday life and doing so with a little so called "swagger". During the writing of the song one of the main members in group's mother passed away so they made this song to kind of make light of the situation. It was a complete success and the song helped fuel the disco dancing time period. It is a very upbeat groovy song that I could dance to on a regular basis. I choose this song because it is a very cheerful and fun song and it was released during the proper time period that we needed to research. "I've been kicked around since I was born" shows how they've been kicked around but they can still be successful and stay alive! It's intended for people who disco dance.
Stairway To Heaven~Led Zeppelin
At around eight minutes, Stairway To Heaven has been the most popular song over the last forty years judged by radio airplay according to shoomp.com. I picked this song because of that statistic. This song is influenced by lot of things but the main one is a term called postmodernism. The song also helped spur the culture of depression. This song is about a lady is on her way up to heaven but the stairway she is taking to reach heaven is false and misleading. Her life lacks spiritual beliefs but she thinks by just getting on the staircase will ensure her a spot in heaven. Little does she know that she will be turned away once she reaches heavens gates. She tries to change her ways at the end of her life but it is already too late and she will not be accepted in. The message of this song is that people all the time live a wild and sinful life and think they can change their ways at the drop of a hat and be able to make good decisions and get into heaven. They need to be able to be righteous and not sin their whole life, not just when ever they decide to. "She's buying a stairway to heaven, When she gets there she knows if the stores are all closed, With a word she can get what she came for" She knows that she may not make it in but she still has hope. She thinks she changed for the good but she is mistaken. This song is intended for every individual out there who thinks they can change their ways once the time comes.
Ain't No Mountain High Enough~Diana Ross
This singled that was released by Diana Ross in 1967 is about nothing being able to keep her from loving someone. The famous line "Ain't no mountain high enough, Ain't no river low enough, To keep me from gettin to you" is the main part of the song. That line is pretty much the message of this song as well. It is a song that instantly became a very popular sing along for the African American race at that time period. The mood of this song is a happy upbeat mood and helps make the song even better. The artist wrote this song in order to inspire young lovers to not let anything get in their way and to not let anything come in between them. I choose this song because it's in one of my favorite movies.
Sweet Caroline~Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond's hit, Sweet Caroline was released in 1969. Diamond wrote the song about Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg but he didn't reveille that until 2007. I picked this song because they sing it every eighth inning at Boston Red Sox games. It's a song every baseball fan knows and loves to sing along. I thinks it's intended for Caroline Kennedy obviously but I think it's also intended for just people out there who want to listen to a good song. The in between words when people go "Bum Bum Bum!" That's always been what makes me like this song. It's a very happy and fun song to listen to.