We are living in turbulent times currently, particularly in terms of politics, and turbulent times call for drastic measures. Although the protest song can hardly be called ‘drastic’, it’s a step in the right direction to combatting the problem.
Protest songs don’t really see the light of day anymore, but America’s current situation is without a doubt a justified one for a song of protest and Beldon Haigh has done everyone a favour, writing ‘Freedom’.
The idea for the song came to Beldon in a dream and so he was quick to write it down before he forgot anything. With a delicate, folk-rock-pop style, Beldon’s song highlights the obvious problems with Trump’s presidency, adding in a touch of wit and humour for good measure.
Although Beldon is from Scotland, America’s predicament is close to his heart as his wife is a Honduran immigrant who has family in the US, fearing deportation. Also, Beldon is the father of three children, one of whom is mixed race, and he worries about the kind of image being projected to younger generations by arguably the most powerful man in the world.
‘Freedom’ is a song that campaigns for exactly what it says on the tin. It’s not full of hate, as this would only sink to Trump’s level. Instead, it is a track that acts as a call to arms for people to stand up and be counted, and this is a difficult thing for a song to do.
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