Anthems

There’s almost never been a better age for a musician. Thanks to the iPod, YouTube and Smartphones, the world is literally a stage.

Now, of all the songs produced, we have many ‘good’ songs, some very good and few ‘great’. Very very very few, though, become ‘Anthems.’
I call them ‘Anthems’ because it doesn’t matter where you are or who you are with, these songs get people tapping their feet or clapping, happily.
I have only seen 2 so far that have that sort of universal reach. ‘Summer of 69‘ by Bryan Adams and more recently, I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas.
And what is always jaw dropping is the effect that these songs have on people’s faces. Play them, and you are guaranteed to have more smiles in the room! It almost seems like people are transported into a different world – a world of positive memories the moment they hear these songs.
I’ve often wondered what it takes for great songs to become ‘anthems.’
We often tend to have anthems at RealAcad – it is a perfect setting for an anthem – the sort of ‘intense’ 1 week experience where a song gets stuck in your head, a song that reminds you of the great time you had – a bonding moment of sorts. Of the ‘anthems’, I remember Zombie (I managed to fish out an old crazy video) and the reason I began writing this post.
I had Adele playing on my playlist. At the camp in Stanford, the big hit song was Rolling in the Deep..
I have no idea how this song became our ‘anthem’ but it did. This song was playing in our heads for a good week after the camp and I can guarantee you that every time this song plays, every one of those at the camp will have a smile on their faces.. remembering the great times!
But, we’re still a small group, of course. And I’m sure you share such anthems with groups of friends, colleagues etc.
Now, imagine a song that does that for groups of millions. That puts the anthem statuses of ‘Summer of 69’ and ‘I Gotta Feeling’ (and, possibly, a few other ‘anthems’ out there) in perspective. Pretty incredible.

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