STRATEGY THIRTY-NINEThe Social Statement as Plot Device
Sometimes when the headlines get too much and we feel overwhelmed by humanity's failings, a song results. The act of writing serves to lessen a sense of frustration. The biggest satisfaction, of course, comes from getting the message to the public. When the songwriter is also a recording artist, then the world readily gets a “Jack and Diane,” or an “Allentown” or “Another Day in Paradise.” When you're a nonperformer writer, the process may be a bit slower, but your statement can still get out there as “40-Hour Week for a Living” and “Who Will Answer” attest.
|Some Social Statement Songs|
|Eve of Destruction||The Times They Are A-Changin'|
|Blowin' in the Wind||Jack and Diane|