The *ideology* aspect of music does, on some levels, make sense. Let's use Reggae as an example. If a person happens to be a Rastafarian, when he/she hears Reggae music (with or without lyrics) my guess is that it will convey the Rastafarian ideology.
Yes, but as you acknowledge, that is only because the listener is already conversant with the ideology. By the same token, if a person was to hear the music of Christian hymn, Amazing Grace, for instance, without having any knowledge of Christiainity, the tune alone would hardly convey the Gospel message. Depending on the rendition, (bagpipes rock!) it would invoke different emotional responses, but certainly it wouldn't convey ideology.
An example of how lyrics convey ideology would be Haydn's rousing anthem for the birthday of the Austrian Emperor Francis II, Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser
,God save Franz the Emperor, our good Emperor Francis!
Long live Franz the Emperor in the brightest splendor of bliss!
May laurel branches bloom for him, wherever he goes, as a wreath of honour.
God save Franz the Emperor, our good Emperor Franz!
Later this was the anthem of Austria.
But we probably equate the tune with very different lyrics and a very different ideology. The lyrics of the German National Athem, were written in the mid 1800s (if I remember correctly) and the first stanza was heavily used by the Nazis. Germany, Germany above all,
above everything in the world,
When it always, for protection and defence,
Brotherly stands together.
From the Meuse to the Neman,
From the Adige to the Belt,
Germany, Germany above all,
Above anything in the world.
It is still Hayden's rousing tune, but a very different ideology conveyed. The Nazis conveniently dropped the second and third stanzas because they didn't fit with their agenda.
The modern German National Anthem is still Hayden's tune, but only the third stanza lyrics are used. Unity and justice and freedom
For the German fatherland;
For these let us all strive,
Brotherly with heart and hand.
Unity and justice and freedom
Are the pledge of fortune.
flourish in this fortune's blessing,
flourish, German fatherland.
And there are English Christian lyrics to the tune. I remember the hymn during school assemblies. The first stanza goes;
Glorious things of thee are spoken,
Zion, city of our God!
He, whose Word cannot be broken,
Formed thee for His own abode.
On the Rock of Ages founded,
What can shake thy sure repose?
With salvation’s walls surrounded,
Thou may’st smile at all thy foes.
So here we have one tune, one I believe to be particularly inspiring btw, but on each ocassion it is the lyrics that convey ideology.
For instance, Reggae music. It mellows and relaxes me and puts me in a good mood and gives me the idea that everything is OK. But if I listen to Gansta Rap (not Hip Hop per se), it goes downhill pretty fast and makes me very aggravated.
Yes, I know what you mean. I can't even pick out the lyrics, so it's definitely the disrupted rythym that aggravates me.
I'm not saying that music alone doesn't have affect on the emotions. You will notice that national anthems purposefully employ an inspiring grandeur that stirs one emotionally, and I love the tunes of the French "La Marseillaise" and "The Star Spangled Banner", but, and no offence intended, those lyrics of... "March, march/let impure blood/Water our furrows!"
and... "Their blood has wiped out their foul footsteps' pollution"
are what produces the patriotic ferver that carries men into battle, not the music. Men don't go into a fight humming a tune; they go singing what amounts to "fighting talk"; something the self-respecting pacifist simply doesn't appreciate!
Sorry, I realise that this is off-topic.