Through the years I’ve seen a progression. It’s much more bold than it used to be. It used to be more subtle, taking advantage of the ignorance. Today, I suppose the difference would be tolerance, and thus it feels free to be out in the open.
Conspiracy theory? Maybe not.
Since the 80’s, music took on a life of its own. Nowadays when we listen, it’s not necessarily the words we pay most attention to, but the videos, beats and performances that depict the meaning of the song. However, the words tend to lend credibility to the meaning of the symbolism used as it brings home the emotion and statement that the visuals have you, the watcher, experience and understand.
When you watch, some of it is so blatant that you feel it was done on purpose; as if it’s a spoof to a rumor, to create a buzz or even to get more people to watch just to see if it’s true. But even as disturbing as that might be, what’s more disturbing is that most of the artists are not completely aware of what’s really going on. Some even poke fun at it. Unfortunately, even if they are ignorant to the underlying meaning and agenda of the ones creating such imagery, they do take it seriously and tend to placate exactly what is being portrayed through their actions when performing.
The artist follows along as they are usually the beneficiary of what the performance creates. They undoubtedly feel the “energy” it stirs up. Some have said they are taken on a supernatural journey every time they are on stage. Invigorating, intoxicating and powerful are some of the adjectives that are used to describe their experience. A well known artist recently came out to describe that when they are on stage “they are unaware of their own body”, having no recollection of what they did or how they acted, and even unaware of when they are hurt. Some have said that they become another person, and even have names for these other “identities”. When someone asks these performers how they are able to pull off such acrobatics or keep up with the physical demands of their performances, they simply do not know. Admitting that they cannot do this on their own or that they are normally not like that.
This should be incredibly concerning.
This “trend” of vivid imagery and performances are getting deeper and more dangerous. It’s obvious that the “people” behind creating these numbers have caught onto how powerful these performances can be, and have used it to their advantage typically targeting the younger generation, who are more impressionable and unaware of the harm.
My favorite analogy to this would be like a child messing around with the ouija board…they are ignorant of what it can do and how dangerous it is not only for them, but for others around them. Yet, they are intrigued by what it represents – the supernatural. It’s not just represented visually, but it’s physically felt. The problem is, they have no idea where the feeling is coming from.
Let’s take a look at a few highlights to some very popular artists and their accompanying performances. The list could go on and on and on. But, you get the idea. Each one of the below pictures show how many of these performances seem to be representing a ritual, many times implementing Egyptian, Roman, or Babylonian themes.