Surf music as we all know played a vital role in shaping the future of the American music industry. It was able to pave the way for many rock and roll bands around America in the early 60s and late 50s. However unknown to many is the fact that surf music has also made a huge help in shaping the rhetoric of the American society.
CAN MUSIC SERVE AS A TOOL IN SOCIALLY ENGINEERING SOCIETY?
The very question that we need to ask first is whether or not music can really shape the minds of the people. Music, just like any form of art can imprint any form of idea or culture to a group of people depending on the extent of acceptance the people are giving to that certain form of art. For example the paintings of Van Gogh, Michelangelo, and Da Vinci were able to at some extent affect the ideology of the people of that time.
Violent forms of paintings did affect the culture and behavior of people. This is exactly the reason why extreme blood sports, duels to death and arenas were very loved by the people of Rome in the past. The same thing applies to music. Music that objectify women tend to develop a negative mindset on men towards women. This is exactly the reason why sometimes it is sad that music is used as a way to negatively marginalize some sectors in our society.
SURF MUSIC WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BEG TO DIFFER
But unlike today’s modern pop songs which may focus on things that are morally objectionable, surf music did a different job during its period. It served as a bridge towards the people developing an affinity towards not only music but also for other genre, the nature and most especially different cultures.
SURF MUSIC AS A MEANS TO PEOPLE RECONNECTING TO MUSIC
During the 50’s people paid less attention to the music as the industrial revolution started pre-occupying the minds of people about all sorts of material possessions. It was until the invention of surf music that people finally started paying attention to music. If not for the kind of music which surf music started, then people would’ve never appreciated rock and roll in the first place.
SURF MUSIC AS A MEANS TO LET THE PEOPLE RECONNECT TO NATURE
Surf music has paved the way towards people appreciating not only the summer or the music associated with it, but nature in totality. Returns in the tourism during that period was relatively low and it was when surf music entered the scenario that people went back to surfing in the beach, doing parties over the night, and by the time they all finished up, they helped in restoring the very place by which served as a meeting place where they can release all their stress. Since surf music enticed the people to visit seas, there was also a huge increase in the amount of social movements that championed the preserving of the seas.
SURF MUSIC AS A TOOL TO CONNECT THE BLACKS AND WHITES
Even if the blacks and whites were slowly breaking off from the chains of racial discrimination during that period, still there were a few violations first as people never had an avenue to have an affinity towards something that was common to both of them. This was exactly what surf music did. Since surf music is a combination of RNB, country music and rock and roll- something which are homegrown in the blacks and whites, it has served as a bridge between the two seemingly opposite worlds of the blacks and whites. Whites learned that indeed black kids listen to the same music and dance in the same beat with them. Surf music was able to let people develop a link with each other early on.
All in all, surf music was able to do massive amount of help and good things to help raise not just the music industry but also the people’s affinity towards nature, music, and even towards each other whatever your color or race may be.