Hurricane song commentary and analysis
Today’s popular music is composed to be hugely materialist and it is not deep in the context of value. Nonetheless, this point of view entirely disapproves music that disintegrates itself further away from that form even though it is minimal in light of poetic and lyrical value. Overall, it cannot go without saying that in the past decade, music has made a slim transformation by expressing a meager quantity of songs with poetic expressions (Meyer, 2001).
However, according to Meyer (2001) there are many songs that are designed to express disgruntlement with politicians, government policies and actions, and the numerous social predicaments that are felt by poor minority communities in the United States, and “Hurricane Song” by Allen Watty is one of those songs that protest at the government’s arrogance. The song blithely openly asserts that Bush ignored the black people, and instead of addressing the difficulties they experience swept them under the carpet. “Hurricane Song” has a huge impact on society such that it has influenced not just public appreciation but disapproval from the Bush Administration. The reason I liked this song is due its compelling great lyrics. However, it cannot go without saying that the debut song is too lengthy. Hurricane song was influenced by Hurricane Katrina and portrays some element of it (Lee, 2005).
“Hurricane Song” was launched in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina catastrophe. The song is sung from the context of a storm survivor who is desperately looking for help from the rooftop. It’s designed as a backlash against the Bush Administration’s slow reaction in providing aid to the storm’s victims. The song is both emotional and is told in the first-person (Lee, 2005) Watty’s tune encompasses the entire event cleverly. It articulates the vulnerability, distraction and shock felt by the victims of the storm who desperately needed and waited for help from the government. This occasion did not augur well for the U.S. government led by George Bush. Therefore during the 2008 general elections, many American citizens looked forward to vote the Bush administration out. The U.S. media initiated a campaign that encouraged people to vote for possible contenders. For instance, for the Democrats sponsored candidates included Barack Obama and his running mate Hillary Clinton. This pair of contenders was the focal point of much debate with the likelihood of the first ever president of African American descent. By and large “Hurricane Song” is in part a song of both social and political commentary, and Watty is obviously socially conscious in his music. This song also shows the struggles and difficulties many blacks face.
According to Lee (2005) Hurricane Song integrates a soulful R&B style with in suffused with a pop sensation. Watty ingeniously references the Hurricane Katrina tragedy with an apparent original approach. The lyrics which are both great and delicate demonstrate a highly colorful description of what it was like to be deserted on a rooftop. The singer who also doubles up as the composer creates words that invoke a powerful image and this might lead the listener to politely think that Watty was a real victim in Now Orleans. “Hurricane Song” is of notable poetic and lyrical value. In fact the song somehow manages to make a way for other songs that are bent on political and social consciousness. For most part, “Hurricane Song” delves into the issues that most people face on daily basis, the inadequacies of society, and both hope and willpower to set up a better future.
Meyer, L.B. (2001). Emotion and Meaning in Music. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Lee, D. (2005, Nov 4). “Singer Allen Watty Reveals Hurricane Katrina Frustration in New Song Available Free at HurricaneSong.com.” PRWeb. Retrieved from https://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/11/prweb305618.htm
Watty, A. (2006, Nov 20). Hurricane Katrina-Hurricane Song [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C3wsTTatRY