Beginnings

“Rainbow Rocks,” and the Music Industry

As someone who helps care for my Nephew, I end up watching children’s shows a lot. Unlike some adults, who write them off as stupid, I can be as drawn into the shows as my Nephew. Hence, I enjoy the popular show, “My Little Pony.” Yet, with age, I see the show differently then a child.

The show has an interesting play between Magic and Science. The main character, Twilight, represents scientific thinking, but being in a land of magic, her science is magical. Hidden in the show are comments on society, and it really focus’ on the power of friendship.

I know that Brony’s are put down by mainstream culture, but it really is a great show. I appreciate that Brony’s are able to overlook ageism, and sexism, at least in this case, to enjoy life. I think someone at any age could learn from a good children’s show, because, sometimes, these shows are the best lessons in entertainment.

Enter the topic of this post, the song, “Under Our Spell,” by Daniel Ingram. Every time I hear it, I repeat the words in my head after. It really is a warning to the magic that is inherently in music. A magic our society uses to sell, sexism and consumerism. Anyway, here are the lyrics:

“Under our spell”

Put your hands up to the sky
Oh-whoa-oh, oh-whoa-oh
You didn’t know that you fell
Oh-whoa-oh, oh-whoa-oh
Now that you’re under our spell, Listen to the sound of my voice
Soon you’ll find you don’t have a choice
Captured in the web of my song
Soon you’ll all be singing along, We’ve got the music, makes you move it
Got the song that makes you lose it
We say “jump”, you say “how high?”
Put your hands up to the sky
We’ve got the music, makes you move it
Got the song that makes you lose it
We say “jump”, you say “how high?”
Put your hands up to the sky
Oh-whoa-oh, oh-whoa-oh
You didn’t know that you fell
Oh-whoa-oh, oh-whoa-oh
Now that you’re under our spell
Oh-whoa-oh, oh-whoa-oh
You didn’t know that you fell
Oh-whoa-oh, oh-whoa-oh
Now that you’re under our
Spell

Another good song from the movie, “Rainbow Rocks,” is “Welcome to the show.” It is the final song of the movie, so might be a small spoiler… not sure if it is a big one.

“Welcome to the show”

We’re here to let you know
Our time is now
Your time is running out
Feel the wave of sound
As it crashes down
You can’t turn away
We’ll make you wanna stay
We will be adored
Tell us that you want us
We won’t be ignored
It’s time for our reward
Now you need us
Come and heed us
Nothing can stop us now
Oh-oh, oh-oh-oh
I’ve got the music in me
Oh-oh, oh-oh-oh
Don’t need to hear a crowd
Cheering out my name
I didn’t come here seeking
Infamy or fame
The one and only thing
That I am here to bring
Is music, is the music
Is the music in my soul
Gonna break out (Out!)
Set myself free, yeah
Let it all go (Go!)
Just let it be, yeah
Find the music in your heart
Let the music make you start
To set yourself apart
What we have in store
All we want and more
We will break on through
Now it’s time to finish you!
You’re never gonna bring me down
You’re never gonna break this part of me
My friends are here to bring me ’round
Not singing just for popularity
We’re here to let you know
That we won’t let it go
Our music is a bomb and it’s about to blow
And you can try to fight
But we have got the light of friendship on our side!
Got the music in our hearts
We’re here to blow this thing apart
And together, we will never
Be afraid of the dark
Here to sing our song out loud
Get you dancing with the crowd
As the music of our friendship
Survives
Survives!
Got the music in our hearts
We’re here to blow this thing apart
And together, we will never
Be afraid of the dark
Here to sing our song out loud
Get you dancing with the crowd
As the music of our friendship
Survives
Survives!!
SURVIVES!!!

This song seems to be a huge comment on the Music Industry vs an artist. I can literally hear a musician talking to a Pop Star in this song.

I think the movie “Rainbow Rocks,” is a good lesson in any society that uses the magic of music to manipulate, and sell. There are songs to encourage us to buy products, songs telling us what is important, and so much more. I listen to Kpop because I don’t understand Korean (plus the music is good), and I don’t have to be sold anything but music (because unless I look up the lyrics, I do not understand what is being sold to me).

I feel the magic of music every time I go into my city’s New Age shop. There I can get trapped in many kinds of magic. The smells of sage being used to keep out bad energy, the beautiful New Age music, and even herbal teas at the cafe. The magic is so strong there, that I wonder why I don’t listen to New Age more often. Why do I continue to listen to k-pop, a music industry notorious for taking advantage of artists?

If you view the movie, “Rainbow Rocks,” with the right perspective, you can see the magic of music, even if you don’t believe in magic. Music is a part of human nature. Even scientist’s agree that is powerfully healing. I am using the term magic, and alienating those who don’t believe in magic. Yet, I think even those people can see the power of music, because they feel it when they listen to a good song.

It is time to take back the power of music from the music industry, and listen to the small town musician playing locally near you. Food isn’t the only thing that is better when not mass produced by factory farms. You can shop your music locally too. You might find that seating down in a small cafe, listening to someone who values music over popularity, is the best music in the world. You might also learn that you can create this power yourself.

 

 

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