If the song titles don’t always have a literal meaning reflecting the content of a song, “The World’s Gone Up In Smoke” by 19-year-old Filipino singer/songwriter Johanna Dadap certainly does.
As the environmental crisis is rightfully getting into the focus of our attention, many artists find it compelling to say/sing something about it, and with this single, Dadap is trying to express what she thinks about it.
“All the words in all the songs they seem to fall on deafened ears
No one hears
No one hears a word till
The world’s gone up in smoke
And mother nature’s broke
But she’s too young to die”
So sings Dadap. These are strong words, but neither her music nor her voice comes off as preachy, as she uses quite a soft melody and her mellifluous voice to express the concern a number of us have about this seriously growing problem. At just 19 years of age, she shows more maturity of thought and within her music than might be expected of her age.
“When people see my work, I hope they experience what I feel about my art when I make it. I hope they feel how passionate I am to inspire them.” So says Dadap, who is able to transform these words into music quite well.