Friendship songs like “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” and “Tobacco Road” legitimized and banded together tens of thousands of high school (or even junior high school) students who were otherwise marginalized at the fringes of their school, engagin in an illegal bu oh-it-seems-so-cool activity. School songs and national anthems are an extension of this banding together song on increasingly larger scale, the ultimate perhaps being songs uniting the entire world, such as the Michael Jackson/Lionel Richie composition “We Are the World.” This sort of group formation and reinforcement finds its expressions in songs of friendship, and there is evidence that this kind of song served a very important purpose in function throughout human history. –The World in Six Songs by Daniel J. Levitin

Fiction Writing Prompt: What song is your protagonist’s anthem?

Journaling Prompt: What was your anthem when you were a teenager? What is it today?

Art Prompt: Anthem

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how people unite through music and give them examples of the songs you feel are today’s anthems.

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