During the war, countries would use music for many reasons, one of them being for propaganda purposes and to show pride to their country and the military. They used music to send messages to their people and persuade them to do things that would benefit the war effort. Not only was music used to send messages and to prove a point, but it music was also used to provide people with comfort and entertainment during the war and while soldiers were away. The soldiers took the music with them to war to remind them of home and all they left behind all while giving them more inspiration to fight for their cause.
Swing music is a type of dance music that has African and European roots and was especially popular in the 1930's and 1940's. These songs were mainly characterized by their happy feel and upbeat tune and the loud brass playing in the background. Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby were especially popular during this time. Many songs had purpose to them, such as to display their love to a person. The song "Fly Me To The Moon" by Frank Sinatra, singing about his love for another person.
Songs in Remembrance of events
A picture of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 (http://politicalbyline.com/2008/12/remembering-pearl-harbor-december-7-1941/)
There were many poor things happening during the war, so one way to cope with the events, bad and good was to make music. This is a song made in memory of Pearl Harbor that sings "Remember Pearl Harbor" over and over in honor of those who passed and the place that perished during the war. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyQDT3EZQ2k
A photo of a poster in WW II that encourages people to be the best version of themselves they can be. (https://2012patriot.wordpress.com/2010/03/31/ww2-american-patriotism-posters/)
Patriotic music was used for war and families for the hope that their friends or family members would return home. This type of music kept people positive that the war would soon be over and that they could win and see their families again. Many of the patriotic songs were sung by soldiers talking about the importance of the military and defending their country. Some also said the importance of all of the work done back in the states. For example, one song called “On the Assembly Line,” gives details on what the workers do and how they do it all for the good on their country. This song truly represents the importance of patriotism and supporting your country during war by not going into the war directly but by supporting it at home.
Songs soldiers took to war
And now here are some popular songs that the soldiers took to war with them.
"G.I. Jive" - Johnny Mercer
G.I. Jive was a broadcast that lasted 15 minutes from a radio station that played music for the soldiers to enjoy.
"I Don't Want To Walk Without You" - Harry James
This is a song about a man singing to his wife or girlfriend saying how he misses her and he misses all the joy she brought by saying heartfelt lines such as "I don't want to walk without the sunshine, why'd you have to turn off all that sunshine?"
"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" - Andrews Sisters
This song is about a man who plays the trumpet and travels from Chicago to play it. He plays the music well and gets everyone up and moving. It is a nice, upbeat song that the audience can dance to freely.
"I Wonder" - Louis Armstrong
"I Wonder" by Louis Armstrong was a very popular song and can still be heard today in movies ("Finding Nemo" being one). It is a slow song that makes people emotional and is easy to connect with to those listening. It really helps you enjoy the world you live in, especially siince a line is "What a wonderful world".
"When the Lights Go On Again (All Over the World)" - Vaughn Monroe
This song sings of hope to the world when "all the lights go on again", saying that the boys will come home, families and people will come together, and loved ones will get married. It brought hope to people that the war would soon end.