Music during WW2 and how it played a role.

Essay by frankinsonJunior High, 9th gradeA-, April 2006

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Music during World War 2 was made to help get people through depression and motivate the men and women fighting in Europe and Asia. Everyone was into patriotism at this time including the music they listened to. At this time music has expanded its demographic to younger audiences, before it popular music was mainly appealing for adults. It contained many uplifting styles of music such as swing, be-bop, and country.

For example Frank Sinatra became very popular to the young teenage demographic. He was the first singing teen idol. He created more swinging music to help with the war with songs like "The Birth of the Blues".

Jo Stafford also became famous with her romantic World War 2 ballads. Most of her songs helped the troops overseas remember their wives and girlfriends back home.

Other songs also helped like "America Calling" by Meredith Willson, which helped boost morale of the country and convinced men to enlist into the armed services.

It reminds them about what this war is about and to support it. "Angels of Mercy" by Irving Berlin, which was created after the bombing of Pearl Harbor dedicating the American Red Cross nurses, portraying them as Angels of Mercy wounded victims overseas. "Back Home For Keeps" by Carmen Lombardo, which is about a wife waiting for her husband to return home. This song gave a good mood and also helped support the war. "Cowards Over Pearl Harbor" by Fred Rose, which gave great American Spirit by talking about how America will over Japan, the evil country. "G. I. Blues" by Floyd Tillman, which describes the view of an American Soldier at war. It describes them as being lazy and doing nothing, which makes him depressed and wanting to come home. His thinks that if they continue to have lazy...