All I’ve got is a red guitar, three chords and the truth
All I’ve got is a red guitar, the rest is up to you
The above lyric, inserted into U2’s rendition of Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower, got me thinking about the power of music and art to rise above simple entertainment and get us worked up about serious issues.
OK, I’m as guilty as the next person as far as not wanting to be lectured, and sometimes musicians, actors, etc. can get a bit too full of themselves. But I’ve never subscribed to the notion that artists should just shut up and perform. As Neil Young would say, “What? Just because I’m a singer means I’m not entitled to an opinion?”
Anyway, if art is a reflection of life, how can art not be making a statement?
So here’s to Bono, and Dylan, and Lennon, and Springsteen, and Young, and Woody, and Marley, and all the other cats that have the courage to tell it like it is.
The rest is up to us.