The Disco Era

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  • By: Brenda_Otin | April 28, 2021, 8:11 a.m.

    Music. How I love music. Listening, understanding and knowing the background of some music genres gives me goosebumps and it’s why I have decided to share my enthusiasm on the Disco era of music.
    Disco music developed in the 1970s and was basically the genre of that decade because it technically died after that decade. It is one genre that saw a literal death. The death of this genre came as a result of the Disco Demolition Night. It happened at a baseball game where fans attended the game to cause a riot by blowing up Disco records. The anti Disco fans caused the riot because Disco was infamous for allegedly encouraging promiscuity and drug use especially cocaine. It was claimed to be the reason why people could listen to the loud music and entertain the extravagant Disco lights.
    However, in my opinion I believe people who disliked Disco were just haters. Disco influenced fashion and popular dance moves such as bump and the hustle. Lyrically, Disco showed a people that were revolutionized and felt the freedom that can only be explained by today’s generation. You can even say, Disco paved the way for the freedom that the current generation is enjoying. Four of my favorite Disco lyrics are such;
    “I will survive” by Gloria Gaynor. The lyrics to this song address a timeless concern. It gives an encouragement to women and moving on after a failed relationship. These are two things that we experience almost daily in our society. The song might be older than our own ages but the experience is timeless.
    “On the radio” by Donna Summer. Donna Summer was referred to as the Queen of Disco. She was a limelight in the 70s. On the radio is a song about someone hoping that the love of their life would hear the song on the radio and know that they are in love with them. I would say kind of the way we dedicate songs to people we love without actually telling them we love them in words. We want them to hear the song and know of our feelings for them, because, what better way to lay out such a message than through emotional words with touchy rhythm?
    “Boogie wonderland” by Earth, Wind and Fire. Night clubs are fun, alcohol is fun, partying is fun. However, how much of it is too much? Boogie wonderland talks about self indulgence in substances that could cause self destruction. It is about people whose lives may be falling apart but they live for the night life because for that short moment they could escape the reality of life and forget the problems haunting there sober life. However, the song suggests that perhaps a true love could help one from falling apart and bring them back on the right track even in their sober life.
    Finally, the Disco kings! Bee gees came to be the ultimate reference to Disco music thanks to their popular and one of my favorite songs, “Staying alive”. Staying alive is talks about people crying out for help, but in the long run, just surviving is a win. It talks about surviving in the streets and how the end goal is just to survive.
    Bring back Disco!

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    Sometimes it is not the song that makes you emotional, it is the people and things that came to mind when you were listening to the song.

    Have you ever heard a song and wondered how much the songwriter knows about you? Music speaks to us through lyrics (well, including Carlos Santana’s guitar)...