The Music of War -- and Luke Stricklin
Mostly the songs reflect patriotism and support for the efforts of those who have gone to fight and the longing of those left behind, as well as the longing of the soldiers themselves. Part hype, part propaganda and a big part patriotism. There was a plethora of music during the long years of WWII -- "Don't Worry Mom", "As Time Goes By" (famous from the "Casablanca" soundtrack), "Deep In The Heart of Texas", "The Last Time I Saw Paris", "The Very Thought Of You", "There I've Said It Again", "They're Either Too Young or Too Old", "When The Lights Go On Again All Over The World" and "Sentimental Journey" and who could forget White Christmas, and "I'll be Home for Christmas"? and a personal favorite of millions who served during peace and war This is the Army Mr. Jones ... [For you youngun's out there who are drawing a complete blank, it would behoove you to track down some of these and give a listen... While WWII was even before MY time (I'm still slightly younger than dirt), it's still some of the best music of the 20th century!)
Vietnam had its own explosion of music -- not just popular, but also for the first time, more songs opposed to that War than in support -- reflecting the shift of popular sentiment such as 'I-Feel-Like-IÂm-FixinÂ-to-Die-Rag'. by Country Joe (McDonald) and the Fish, and Edwin Starr's "War". But there was music that spoke to soldiers or just plain were enjoyed by everyone -- "Run Through the Jungle" (Creedence Clearwater Revival), Country Roads (John Denver), "I Feel Good" (James Brown), "What a Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong), "Purple Haze" (Jimmy Hendrix), "Whipping Post" (Allman Bros.)... too many to recount and many immortalized in the story of Adrian Cronauer in "Good Morning, Vietnam!"
I have had a number of links to songs composed and sung by other artists forwarded to me, but frankly they were awful and I thought a cheap attempt to capitalize on the soldiers (because you can't be that bad a singer and not know it.... oh yeah, then there's that "Idol" thing... but I digress.)
But dang this kid sounds GOOD... and the song is pretty special, as well. Even if you don't usually like country music, give it a listen at Luke Stricklin's site http://www.lukestricklin.com/. I sure hope he makes it... BIG. (Toby are ya listenin'??)
Postscript: I am certainly no expert on phenomenon of music and war and how they interplay (although I own and listen to an awful lot of music). For a historical analysis of "The Music of War", see William R. Trotter's piece at TheHistoryNet.comhttp://historynet.com/mh/blmusixofwar/.
And if you want to hear the songs of WWII, there is an exceptional site called 6th Corps Music
"Entertainers of the USO & Other WWII Selections" http://www.6thcorpsmusic.us/ which allows you to listen to full songs and not just a bite... awesome. Be sure to donate if you like the site so they can maintain the library and add more songs.
(For more complete lists of the songs of the Vietnam War, visit The Vietnam Era (Music) site (http://chu65nang67.us/nam/vietnam.html) and the 1st Battalion of the 50th Infantry site (http://www.ichiban1.org/html/music.htm.)
And go ahead and pass the links to your parents and grandparents -- somehow I think they'll get a kick out of them!
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