Transcript Jesus walks

Does music influence our ethics?
Kanye West - Jesus walks
• The song is essentially a spiritual one (an image of the
statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro appears
on the single's cover), in which West discusses how
Jesus "walks" with all manner of people, from the lawabiding to the criminal.
• It also explains West's views on how the media seems to
shy away from songs talking about God, while
embracing songs discussing violence, sex, and illegal
drugs. This is shown in the lyrics "They say you can rap
about anything except for Jesus/That means guns, sex,
lies, video tapes/But if I talk about God my record won't
get played?"
• The song was co-written with rapper (and close friend of
West's) Rhyme fest and Mark Ronson.
Bob Marley - Redemption Song
• When Marley wrote "Redemption Song" he had already been
diagnosed with the cancer that was to later take his life, and he
was already secretly in a lot of pain and dealing with his own
• Marley was a pioneer in spreading the reggae music of Jamaica
throughout the world.
• The song urges listeners to "Emancipate yourselves from mental
slavery," because "None but ourselves can free our minds".
These memorable lines appear to have been taken from a
speech given by Marcus Garvey in Nova Scotia during October
1937 and published in his Black Man magazine:
“We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery
because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves
can free the mind. Mind is your only ruler, sovereign. The man
who is not able to develop and use his mind is bound to be the
slave of the other man who uses his mind....”
• In 2004, Rolling Stone placed the song at number 66 among ‘The
500 Greatest Songs of All Time’.
Black Eyed Peas - Where is the Love?
• "Where Is the Love?" is the first single from the Black Eyed
Peas' third album, Elephunk.
• Released in 2003, the single (which features an uncredited
vocal from Justin Timberlake) peaked at number 8 in the USA
becoming The Black Eyed Peas' first Top 10 hit; the single
also peaked at number 1 in Australia and the UK.
• The song is an anti-war pacifist anthem, in which The Black
Eyed Peas lament on various worldwide problems. Many
issues are discussed, which include but are not limited to
terrorism, U.S. government hypocrisy, racism, war, intolerance
and greed.
• Some view this song as an anthem against the War on terror
and the 2003 invasion of Iraq since it was released shortly
after the invasion began.
John Lennon - Imagine
• John Lennon wrote "Imagine," early in 1971. His wife, Yoko
Ono, watched as Lennon sat at the white grand piano virtually
completed the song.
• Looking back at that morning thirty years later, Ono said, "It's
not like he thought, 'Oh, this can be an anthem, Imagine was
just what John believed -- that we are all one country, one
world, one people. He wanted to get that idea out."
• Lennon commented that the song was "an anti-religious, antinationalistic, anti-conventional, anti-capitalistic song, but
because it's sugar-coated, it's accepted.“ He also described it
as "virtually the Communist Manifesto".
• In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine voted "Imagine" the third
greatest song of all time.
• Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter said, "In many countries
around the world — my wife and I have visited about 125
countries — you hear John Lennon's song 'Imagine' used
almost equally with national anthems."
• Create your own ‘ethical music’ (this could
reflect your own views on an ethical issue,
or those of an ethical theory we have
studied so far this term, e.g.
• ‘Changing Tracks’ write an ethical
dilemma, in which someone hears a piece
of music, which then helps them to decide
on the right way to behave.
Final discussion…
How big an influence is music on our
Do recording artists have a moral
obligation to promote ‘ethical living’
through their music?