In my last post, I talked about how music can induce trance states in people. The role of music in the Occupy Wall Street movement is invaluable and irreplaceable. It is through these trance states induced in people by music that puts so much energy, hope, and power in these people. Music has given the people of the OWS movement their fire and their strength. One great example I found of this recently had to do with a band mentioned in my last post. Outernational I randomly ran into at a reggae concert. I liked their sound and thought they were talented so I followed them…straight into the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The following is a Youtube video of this band performing at an OWS event this past March. It is clear that this band and their music brought fire and energy to this group of people. But what is even more fascinating is how LITERALLY EVERYTHING they do musically is reflected directly upon the audience.
Before the lead even starts singing, his way of almost “preaching” power to the audience with the way he used his voice got their attention, made them want to hear more. Excitement was set from the very beginning. Their excitement as well as their fists rose in response as the first song comes to a brief pause and he yells “Welcome to the Revolution!” As the music picks up tempo, so does the audience. A mosh pit quickly starts at around 3:00, which is exactly when an exhilarating and very fast guitar solo starts. At 3:30 you see a police officer escorting someone away from the scene. At first only two people are pushing each other around. By 4:20 the moshing has grown exponentially with almost full participation, again at the same time that the music accelerates in tempo. Then EXACTLY at 4:40, the band stops to sing a melodic line in unison. The second their instruments stop playing the people stop moshing, like clockwork. This unison line seems to bring the group back into focus as a whole as they all start clapping at the same time in the same way, with their hands high in the air. And when the band starts playing again, the audience is uniformly bobbing their heads to the beat. Finally at 5:25 the band stops the music altogether and the lead singer starts a chant. Whatever he said the audience repeated, as they chanted about having power within the OWS movement together. After 6:10 a slower song starts, and the people’s mood calms simultaneously.
This power of music is unstoppable. And it is one of the reasons why the people of the OWS movement feel the same way.