People who have read my blog sort of know that I’m trying to mix international affairs with music and give it a “life of the party” vibe. They probably wonder why I chose two very different interests and put them together? Well I ask you why did someone decide to mix wheat grains with milk? Why are some of the best feels bittersweet or the best taste salty&sweet combos? Why did The Weeknd partner with Ariana Grande for a song? Same concept with international affairs and music…Watch.
The Weeknd vs. A Cold Political World
As you probably know (and if you don’t, now you will) The Weeknd is my all time favorite artist. Since 2011, I’ve been boasting about the King of the Fall: back when everyone thought The Weeknd was a band and that he wouldn’t make it far. WELL NOW LOOK! He went and “killed the pop game so they know what’s up.”
The other day I was reading an article by Alex Frank of VMAN Magazine titled The Weeknd: Willing and Abel. Frank’s article gives readers another perspective into the enigma of The Weeknd, aka Abel Tesfaye, is in today’s music.
Your favorite artist could never make a song about calling someone at half past 5 and only being the “real him” when he’s messed up. Nor make lyrics not suitable for God sound angelic. Facts.
What I like is that Frank goes further than the music and talks to Abel about the “real world encroaching on the party.” Abel hasn’t been quiet about his views concerning the rise of Black Lives Matter, police violence, nor his opposition to Donald Trump.
Abel explains “ I promised myself I would never tweet or talk about politics and focus on music, but I was just so bewildered that we lost more of our people to senseless police shootings.” Furthermore, Abel confesses “ I wish I could make music about politics…I feel like it’s such an art and a talent that I admire tremendously.”
For him, music is his escape from the real world, but recent events have made it very hard to ignore.
My thoughts on Politics and Music
Frank and The Weeknd’s conversation had me reevaluating not only my life, but how I am shaping this blog to echo two of my passions. Balancing politics (international affairs) with music: balancing real life with an escape. Two very different themes, with a powerful relationship with one another.
Full disclosure, I’m not here to use music to spoon feed my beautiful audience random political information; However, it is safe to say one of my goals is to reach out to those who “hate politics” and show them the “lit” side of politics.
And if some Bieber makes it easier to process it along the way, dope. Once upon a time I hated politics too, but here we are today and I’m all up in it (using music as my coping device as I type this).
One of my goals is to show the cool side of politics and it just so happens that some of the coolest aspect of politics is international affairs…and when you serve that up with a dope soundtrack, you have something magical. Abel said it’s an art and a talent…I’m trying to capitalize on that in my own Phil way with THE DIPLOMATIC DJ!
What do you think? Is there a special relationship between politics and music? Would you care if your favorite artist started diving into politics in and outside the booth? Am I crazy? Let me know what you think in the comments! Subscribe and follow me on all the social media to keep up with my journey of marrying International Affairs and Music.