Music plays a huge role within the OWS movement. My next few posts today are going to show just a few of them. This post features the sad truth of how people use music within the movement as a personal stage.
To start things off, we look to a man named Stephan Jenkins, from Third Eye Blind. Stephan Jenkins recently wrote a song about the OWS movement to perform acoustically live in Zuccotti park. Unfortunately as a fellow musician, I found myself incredibly disappointed with this video I came across on Youtube today. Music exists to bring people together, it truly is a universal language. It can change people’s lives. Regrettably Stephan Jenkins merely used the OWS movement and his music as a staged bandwagon to hop right onto.
This was clear to me before this song even started in this video, as he hopelessly stumbled and stuttered over anything to say, and only generic “fight the power” words came out. And while I’m sure he touched many people’s lives with his hit songs back in the day, I fear this song he wrote is just an attempt to jog people’s distant memory of him. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with Mr. Jenkins, but he is certainly no songwriter. The lyrics for his song in the description of this video reveal this, with words like “if there ever was a time to get downtown and get nonviolent and fearless”. What? Furthermore a rather concerning part was the chorus itself: “oh where are the youth, we need you now come speak the truth, come break it down where are the youth, we need you now”. What do you need to be a famous pop star? The attention of the youth. And while it was smart for him to come attempt to reclaim his fame with the age groups that most recognized him from back in the day, the youth has moved on. Also the youth has little to do with those upset by being the 99%. The average age of these protesters are in their mid-thirties.
I’m sorry if you like Stephen Jenkins and his music, I know it seems like I have been drinking way too much hater-ade. But honestly, if you watch this video yourself, you will see the undeniable facts. Sneezing Pandas and laughing babies have millions of more views than this video, in fact is has less than 8,000. Stephan Jenkins wrote a…song, in an ill-attempt at some attention. Some celebrities have gotten away with things like this, it seems he is just not one of them.