New Music Tuesday: The People Speak

Music can be one of the most powerful agents of change.  It is a way to connect with people without being intrusive and allows a person to connect with an artist or a song they can relate to on a personal level.  On some occasions the cooperation is so massive it makes an impact on an international scale with artists across all genres.  With music festivals like Live Aid in 1985 to Live 8 in 2005, artists recognize the importance of music to reach the masses.

thepeoplespeakHowever, more and more people are changing the way they communicate using any and all means possible to show the struggles many face every day.  The issues that we know about, but might not think about all the time are realities for some people every day.  Awareness is the first step towards change and that’s exactly what the documentary The People Speak is trying to do.  With big name actors like Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, Marisa Tomei, Danny Glover, Sean Penn, Don Cheadle and a slew of other celebrities, the movie puts a voice to some of the most pressing issues we face today spanning war, class, race and women’s rights.

But the cool thing about the documentary that really adds to the impact are the big-name musicians that decided to add their voices to the message.  Releasing today, the soundtrack for the documentary The People Speak offers up music from such epic artists as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne.  You’ll hear stripped down tracks that showcase the message over the artist.  The feeling you get listening to this album is hard to explain as it’s not often you’re able to hear the message in the music on such a level where it doesn’t matter if it’s John Legend, Randy Newman or Eddie Vedder singing; all you hear is the message.

A few notable songs on the album include “American Terrorist” by Lupe Fiasco which brings you an unplugged version of Lupe fans will appreciate and “Dear Mr. President” by Pink who’s better known for her poppy songs about being a female badass rather than singing her heart out about major political issues.  Of course the songs by Dylan, Springsteen and Browne are solid coming from artists that are no strangers to voicing political issues.  Admittedly, it’s a weird mix of artists in one place.  But that’s what it takes to get messages like this out.  A little something for everyone.

Check out the trailer for The People Speak:

And check out the album below:

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About the Author

Kyle Brigham is a fan of all things music. He has been to a ridiculous number of concerts across the nation and has been interviewing bands for over 10 years. He likes to listen to music excessively loud and thinks you got to get up to get down.

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