Stopped listening to "popular music" or any kind, on the radio,
realizing I miss some worth listening to, I also miss all the garbage, which I
no longer have a desire to sort through or ignore.
Taylor Swift's newest album, "Songs about bad relationships I've
caused" seems to be nothing but regret. That being the case, I take the
advice of many posting here, and punch the button when one of her songs comes
on. Same goes for stuff off her first album, "Songs about high school".
It appears the above article is trying to have us refuse to listen to all
suggestive music. Let me nominate Wolfgang A. Mozart as Chief Hobgoblin on this
Putative Musical Purity Crusade. Shall we all meet up at Liberty Park this
weekend and publicly burn "Don Giovanni"? Late
eighteenth-century French and Italian culture reflected an obsession with love
and relationships through literature, music, and other art forms. Seduction
scenes are one type of commentary on relationships that dot the landscape of
opera of the time. The operatic seduction scene involves not only the two
characters on stage but also a third agent; the music. After situating
operatic seduction in the broader context of late eighteenth-century French and
Italian culture, the specific musical vocabulary of seduction that was put to
use by composers, enacted on stage, and understood by audiences. This vocabulary
was applied to several musical works of Mozart, who is now viewed as the
dominant opera composer of the time, and his contemporaries. While
we are at it, shall we excise the number "Past the point of No Return"
from the Musical "Phantom of the Opera"? Surely to be consistent, we
I went to a Nine Inch Nails concert fresh off my mission and received so much
flack from many people. My retort which I believe still stands. If you choose to
only listen to, watch, or read content which you or the church agrees with you
will not learn or grow as a person. Historically religion has done far worse
damage to humankind than singing about kissing girls and liking it ever will.
Hey Capsaicin -- you're criticizing one of the GOOD songs with inspiring,
uplifting lyrics and a particularly great video. Now granted both of these are
unusual for Katy Perry. But this song and this video not only appropriate for a
6 year-old, but actually a a desirable message coming through a popular
You know, my preference is for metal music, particularly symphonic metal like
Theatre of Tragedy or Lacuna Coil. These groups use deep symbolism and rarely
deal with sex. Yet many Mormons think metal is bad and pop is good. Go figure.
This reminds me of the time I heard Janet Jackson's "If" and Jay
Z's "Big Pimpin" at BYU's Marriott Center before a basketball
game. No one listens to the lyrics apparently. For those of you not listening
carefully, those songs are not about basketball.
I believe it's personal preference. I'm a kid of the 70's and
I've listened to Rock n' Roll since I used to watch American Bandstand
broadcast from Philadelphia. I love Rock, but it never influenced me to worship
the devil, commit murder, shoot heroin, or have sex. Music has always made me
happy and feel more alive.
Thanks Des News! Now just e-mail this article to about 1920 and it'll
actually be news, because it's been about that long since songs have had
booze and sex in them.
There are some country songs out there that make Poison & Warrant look like
Songs are getting a lot more explicit about their illicit content. Sure
songwriters have always pushed the envelop, but the open language is quite new.
Also there's much more profanity in more mainstream songs, with popular
artists often being forced to make two recordings of the song, one that's
censored. Finally there's the media that accompanies these songs, which
continue to push the envelop visually. Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber even just
leaked a new song named after the obscene form of dancing (rhymes with jerk) she
got condemned for in the media lately. They just leaked the song today. Personally I've always felt that Making songs encouraging teens to
abandon reason, rebel against their parents and follow their hormonal urges is
really one of the least creative things an artist can do. Probably why I'm
not a millionaire pop star... ;)
‘Popular song lyrics contain sex, alcohol and no regrets’I think i just figured out why they are "Popular" songs.
Everyone is free to turn the radio station, turn the tv station.
There are religions cajole some of the people to go their entire life without
sex. It makes more sense to criticize this than to criticize someone who through
song and dance celebrate the happiness that sex can bring.
Constantly take in trash and filth, become trashy.Constantly take in
light and goodness, become holy.Liberals don't like this, but I
didn't ask if anyone "liked" my comment, I only said what is
true.Now that is the height of arrogance. To out of hand equate
liberal principles with trash and filth is about as misinformed, bigoted, and
arrogant, as one can get. My bet (based on personal experience) is that most if
not all of the "liberals" on this post have very successful and happy
lives, which include, strong families, good marriages, and personally healthy
habits. Because we may believe the common welfare clause in the
constitution should be interpreted broadly, and that civil rights should be
applied to all humans doesn't make our attitudes trash.
How is it these old stories get recycled? Isn't there enough new paranoia
inspiring stuff to write about?
Like it or not, we become the sum total of all we ingest....physically,
spiritually, emotionally, mentally.Constantly take in trash and
filth, become trashy.Constantly take in light and goodness, become
holy.Liberals don't like this, but I didn't ask if anyone
"liked" my comment, I only said what is true.Good luck to us
all in choosing wisely. (And, thanks, Mom, for teaching me to value good
Lyrics from popular songs can be very, very dangerous indeed.Like
the article says, they only speak of the 'fun' and not the pain of
foolish, destructive choices.And make no mistake, there will be
eventual sorrow for foolish, destructive choices.From the Book of
Mormon, Alma 12: 16-17.....(caps added to emphasize the point) "And now behold, I say unto you THEN cometh a death, even a second death,
which is a spiritual death; THEN is a time that whosoever dieth in his sins, as
to a temporal death, shall also die a spiritual death; yea, he shall die as to
things pertaining unto righteousness. THEN is the time when their torments
shall be as a lake of fire and brimstone, whose flame ascendeth up forever and
ever; and THEN is the time that they shall be chained down to an everlasting
destruction, according to the power and captivity of Satan, he having subjected
them according to his will."I am tempted like any other person,
and I think of these 2 scriptures to help me remember that you can choose your
choices but you can NOT choose your consequences and that consequences, soon, or
late, do come.
The MTV VMA's cater to these lyricists. I call it LEWD-POP. It's very
common these days. And it's the opposite of wholesome. One time at costco,
I was standing in line while a mom and her ~6 year old daughter stood behind me.
The daughter was singing KP's Fireworks at the top of her lungs. I wanted
to turn to the mother and ask her what in the NAME OF ALL THAT IS HOLY was she
doing letting her 6 year old listen to KP!?
That sounds like my kind of music! Keep the good stuff coming!
@supporting LDS Church. Hitler and Stalin were also big fans of the classical
composers you cite.
Oh, for heck's sake!The lyrics to Tony Bennett's "Dancing in
the Dark" are as much about sex, as Bruce Springsteen's!Ya
know, folks....when a song is about romance, it's about sex.
John Charity Spring - are you Islamic?
"My son has many friends who like pop music."Comments such
as this make me thankful to live in Texas.
Okay on the one side you have song lyrics promoting promoscuity and sex without
commitment. On the other extreme you have religion(s) telling people (and their
victims listening) that it is a higher calling to go without sex altogether, or
you have religions telling people if they can't find a marriage partner,
they are to go without, if need be for the rest of their life. This is like a
prison of the mind while the other is acting irresponsibly. Both are bad and
both, not just the one deserve to be discussed.
I'm 37 years old and have always enjoyed all types of music from several
decades at a very young age. I still to this day enjoy many songs that are
current and released. I can tell you right now that when I was a teenager in the
80's and early 90's, most songs lyrics were the same. They were full
of drugs, alcohol, sex, and violence, yet for some reason I never saw news
articles like this back then. Maybe because people didn't make a huge deal
out of it because it wasn't a huge deal? Lyrics are a form of expressive
art and are definitely protected as free speech. If you don't like the
song, don't listen to it. It's as simple as that. And to the person
who said they have been called "self-righteous", you seem
self-righteous, so that might be why. The extreme visual graphic war violence in
video games SHOULD be a concern, especially when kids as young as 6 or 7 are
playing games that are rated for 17+. There are much more serious things to
worry about in the world than song lyrics.
I think it depends. I grew up in the 1980's and there were some songs I
listened to that didn't have the greatest lyrics (although not as bad as
some of today's lyrics).But I usually liked songs more for the
rhythm of the music than the lyrics.Song lyrics never influenced me in a
negative way. I had no desire to go out and do something inappropriate just
because I heard it in a song. So I think it depends on the
I also think some of the comments about Shakespeare deserve a note.Shakespeare often has his characters say filthy things. His plays were not
for children when they were performed, and he was roundly criticized by the
leaders of the city of London for both the content and the performance of his
plays (which is why the Globe was out of the city limits).We are
able to teach Shakespeare to children today because they don't understand
most of what he wrote. Therefore it is disingenuous to suggest that, because
Shakespeare was filthy, we should ignore filth in popular entertainment.We are able to perform Shakespeare for children today because we are
free to cut whatever we find objectionable from his plays. There is nothing
wrong with this. He's dead, and he doesn't care. (Everyone cuts his
plays; the only argument ever is over what is objectionable in a particular
context.)Our modern perspective (and our children's inability
to decode Elizabethan English) makes it completely possible for us to appreciate
Shakespeare's genius without being offended by his licentiousness. Much of today's art cannot be appreciated (and probably should not)
precisely because we understand it.
A group of high school students, for a class project, did a survey of popular
songs of the 20th Century and found that they all, pretty much, are about sex.
(Cole Porter was second or third generation dirty lyric writer by the 1920s;
though Porter was perhaps the most suggestive of his generation, Ira Gershwin
wrote some pretty naughty stuff.)A few problems exist in
today's popular music that are absent from the songs of the past. A major
problem is euphemistically described as "misogynistic," but might be
much more detailed if the language were appropriate for a family newspaper. Do
all the posters really want to pretend they aren't aware of lyrics in
popular songs that talk about physical abuse of women and violence coupled with
sex? Another major problem (I believe) is what George S. Kaufman
laughingly referred to as "single entendre." With the double entendre
of Cole Porter, children usually did not get it (which is why adults were the
ones that were usually shocked). There is no "double" any more. The
lyrics and their intentions are so easy to be understood that the merest child
can get them.
If the song is about Social Unrest or Violence your okay with it. If its about
Sex and Normal Unrepressed Human Relationships and the feeling of now because
there may not be any tommorow. Which there might not be as we know it. Then you
have trouble with the Sex, Sexual Action or evan Sexual Suggestion. My only problem with the guy who wants everything tonight is what is he going
to give back in the process. I do have issues with the lack of Committment, but
thats the Action not the listening. Some people can hear a Song a hundard times
and not remember a lyric or get it wrong. Because its not required, as the music
is background and they are moving towards the next thing. To say
that a song has to be the W word to be listened to is judgemental and that type
of music does not sell well and when it does it sits on the shelf as part of
visual dog and pony show in the homes of the self proclamed Rightious. While the
kids are listening to Rock on the I- Pod in the back room. Whats on you kids
@Howard BealBe careful of 'stairway to heaven' brother.
Anyway, you still got a laugh out of me.
You have a right in America to Control what you listen to. What you listen to
does Not make you better or worse then anyone else. Because you listen to
somthing does not mean you are going to carry out the actions in the lyrics.
Weather those action are considered good or bad and by whom.What you
can't control is what other people choose to listen to, and you do not
really want to live in a society that does that. The Telaban did that and the
film coming out of liberated areas show pictures of young people turning on and
up their radios and boom boxes.People said the same things about
Rock n Roll, in the late 50's and 60's. The world diden't fall
apart and society did not go to whare ever society was supposed to go. My part
went to a Cold War in Europe then a Hot War in Vietnam. Where in both places we
defended out Country and listened to good music from Mozart to Country and lots
of Rock and Roll with a little Gospel and MTC thrown in.We became
Parent and Raised Familys.
I don't have time to read this whole article, I have to get back to playing
my Led Zeppelin records...backwards.
Judgments are needed all the time, condemnation from one human being to another
is not needed. For example, I might choose to avoid being with a certain person
or environment, but not judge that person or environment as all bad. Also, our judgments are sometimes wrong. We are human and error. Let us not
condemn anyone. That said, it's sure a challenge for me not to take verbal
shots in Katy Perry's direction. Maybe if she tried to look for inspiration
on who to date rather than sing about peacocks, she wouldn't have dated a
guy who turns out to be murderer of a female senior citizen. That news was so
disturbing the other day, and I am slow to be disturbed.
Looks like Johnny Lewis is the 'one that got away' for Katy Perry. By
their fruits ye shall know them. Look at the men she has chosen. Johnny Lewis
just murdered an 81 year old woman before falling off the roof and dying
"I love the little wiggle in your walk" (Probably not talking about
"ears" wiggling...)"The way you snuggle on my shoulder.."
(Without parental consent, I'm judgmentally assuming...)"But
you're too young to know the score.. (score--as in "to score")"So come back when you're older...." (as in---age of consent.
Hmmm--indicating snuggling with a wiggling minor?)Sweet and
Innocent---The Osmonds.(And it's been downhill ever since......)
per @CharlesI was listening to AC/DC on the way home from work &
to quote Loverboy was "loving evey minute of it"
1st off. Welcome back JCS. Was the sojourn in Pleasantville not all it was
cracked up to be?@ Howard BealI was thinking along the
same line. Your average pop or country song today is much worse than Ratt,
Cinderella, Warrant, etc... were back in the day. Where is Tipper Gore's
silly little group now to save us from ourselves?
Cole Porter,1930. From the Musical the "New Yorkers". While it was
banned at its original release from radio play. It was a best seller for its
time. See WikipediaLOVE FOR SALEWhen the only sound on
the empty streetis the heavy tread of the heavy feet that belong to
a lonesome copI open shopThe moon so long has been gazing down
on the warward ways of this wayward townmy smile becomes a smirk, I
go to workLove for saleappetizing young love for salelove thats fresh and still unspoiled love thats only slightly soiledlove for salewho will buywho would like to sample my
supplywho's prepared to pay the pricefor a trip to paradiselove for salelet the poets pipe of lovein their childish
waysI know every type of lovebetter far than theyif you want
the thrill of love I have been through the mill of loveold lovenew love every love but true lovelove for saleappetizing young love for saleif you want to buy my wares follow me and
clime the stairslove for sale
Cole Porter needs to be on somebody's banned artist list too. For example "Lets Misbehave" Circa 1920sIf you want a
future, darlin',Why don't you get a past?'Cause that
fateful moment's comin' at last...We're all alone, no
chaperoneCan get our numberThe world's in slumber--let's
misbehave!!!There's something wild about you childThat's so contagiousLet's be outrageous--let's
misbehave!!!When Adam won Eve's handHe wouldn't
stand for teasin'.He didn't care about those apples out of
season.They say that Spring means just one little thing to little
lovebirdsWe're not above birds--let's misbehave!!!It's getting late and while I waitMy poor heart aches onWhy
keep the breaks on? Let's misbehave!!!I feel quite sure affaire
d'amourWould be attractiveWhile we're still active,
let's misbehave!You know my heart is trueAnd you say you
for me care...Somebody's sure to tell,But what the heck do we
care?They say that bears have love affairsAnd even camelsWe're men and mammals--let's misbehave!!!
Like it or not, whatever you are repeatedly listening to gets stored in you
brain. I'd rather have vulgarity, sexual references, etc. stored in my
brain along with the knowledge of what it means and an "inappropriate"
flag, than to have the same stuff stored in my brain without even realizing
it's there. Analylis of the lyrics is the way to accomplish that.Be ye therefore as wise as serpents, yet as harmless as doves.Yes,
Shakespeare had plenty of everything in his work. He was Elizabethan, not
Good article. Hollywood is leading our Children down a moral sewer.
Uhhm yea, Rock and Roll has pretty much been about those things since the late
50's early 60's on. Sure it started out subtle in most cases. But
here is an idea: Don't like the song, don't listen, change the dial.
Don't complain about it! Besides pointing it out and then
"demonizing" it only brings more attention to those types of songs, and
then the artist will have even more fun blatantly mocking you along with signing
about drugs, sex, partying, etc. If all you want to listen to is church hymns,
find a station that plays that or download them to your itunes and call it good.
If you want "good clean" rock, there is a whole genre of Christian
music I'm sure that would be appealing. But complaining about is never the
answer, as we've seen since the 50's. You make it taboo and it only
adds a rebellion aspect to it. Don't want your kids listening to it? Pay
more attention to what they are doing and listening too. But again I caution,
take it all away and they'll make sure to listen to it!
What does sex have to do with family? *wink*
President Mitt will shut them all down. Time for censorship is coming soon.
"Popular song lyrics contain sex, alcohol and no regrets" - I guess
that's what makes them popular. Unpopular song lyrics tend to cover less
Just turn it off, and go and hide. I can decide for myself what I want to listen
to, and if you aren't going to grow up about it get out of the picture.
The criticism is somewhat hypocritical and depends on genre. KBER
back in the late 80's/early 90's was evil incarnate yet is tame
compared to U92 or 97ZHT today. Country, pop, & even rap (other
O'Reilly's crusade a few yrs ago) IMO get a relative free pass as
opposed to the hissy fit Tipper Gore's silly little club had w/ Dee Snider,
etc... back in the day.
For a study titled "Degrading and non-degrading sex..." one would expect
more emphasis to be put on what the criteria for those distinctions is. Reading
the study, I see that only three criteria make that distinction, and an example
provided illustrates the subjective nature of such an analysis, as one of the
"degrading" examples fails to significantly meet two of the criteria, at
least to my mind. I'm not justifying the lyrics; just pointing
out that the study is subjective at best, as most sociological studies are. If
you disagree with it, don't feel like you're doomed to hell or
From the Bible: Song of Solomon, enough already.
The Bible contains sex (illicit sex too), and alcohol (Jesus made wine).After he made the wine, they asked him why he put out the best wind last
and not first. They said, usually the best wine is put out first, and then when
people are well DRUNK, the lesser wine is put out.
Certainly, Much of the music of the 60's and beyond was suggestive, though
they tended to try to be sneaky about it. It was considered the "Counter
Culture". Nowadays, the counter culture is what's left to those who
don't embrace sex, drugs and body mutilation--and the mainstream pop
culture is all about that stuff. Christian Rock is a nice upbeat
alternative, and there are the classics. Though Christian Rock is sometimes a
bit on the repetative side, and there are songs that make me a bit squeamish
about banging my head for Jesus. Its overly religious messages are okay
sometimes, but other times you just want a nice song that has nothing to do with
Sunday School, but doesn't make you want to sacrifice your soul to your own
'Don't like the music? Turn off the radio. Problem solved.
The only difference I see in the music today is that it's not really
"coded" like it used to be. The references to drugs, sex, alcohol, etc
are just stated plainly in today's music.Before there was a lot
of innuendo and quite frankly, I had no clue what a lot of it meant until later
in life. LValfre: what's your purpose on these threads? Why do
you come here? Let's be real. You denigrate all things LDS every chance you
get and now you denigrate others who don't believe like you.Pop
culture music does go after the lowest common denominator in humans and tries to
tell everyone that premarital sex is ok when clearly it isn't. If everyone
was chaste before marriage and with their spouse after marriage, how much money
could be up for grabs to work on cancer research instead of spending it on HIV
and STD's?So, again, what's your purpose on these threads?
I don't think anyone is trying to "push kids toward sex" like the
girl in the article says. I think they are trying to turn a profit, and sexually
themed songs seem to sell with that demographic. Hopefully, when my
little baby girl is older I will have infused in her an interest in more
poignant and thoughtful music. There is a time and place for many different
types of music, and certainly some songs that contain negative sexual or violent
themes are, indeed, condemning those acts (but still are counted as sexual).
However, isn't the whole "sleep with me tonight--there might not be
tomorrow" theme a bit hackneyed at this point? Let's explore more
interesting themes in music!
Country music, old and new has a lot of family oriented lyrics. Though there
are some country songs with explicit lyrics, they generally include heartbroken
consequences and honesty. Something that might help is for parents
to expose their children as they grow up to a variety of good music. It will
help the teens make good music choices as they have already developed a love a
good music. Help them recognize good music with uplifting lyrics, quality
singing and instrumental skills.
Having grown up in the 80's and listening to hair bands, and Heavy Metal, I
was told I would become a Satan worshiper, or get into hard drugs and ruin my
life. Tipper Gore thought all rock music was straight out of the devils mouth.
Bands were sued because they supposedly made kids commit suicide or do drugs. I
am married, have kids, believe in God, and have miraculously stayed out of
prison. I wonder if I'm the only one who listened to the devils music and
managed to stay "normal".
@Jeannie B,"And yes, I can decide what parts of things I find
vulgar and what parts I don't, just like you are free to love the whole
piece of art or the whole play."Whatever it takes to come at
peace with your religion. Do what you have to do.Just remember when
you bear your testimony you're claiming it's ALL true, not just the
parts you like while you ignore what you don't.
Jeanie B:[My comment about cavemen was sarcastic. I guess you missed
that.]It was your sarcasm that was being described as juvenile. I
guess you missed that.[And yes, I can decide what parts of things I
find vulgar and what parts I don't, just like you are free to love the
whole piece of art or the whole play.]That wasn't at all what
you said though. You said, "I don't think Shakespeare's vulgarity
is the "work of art" part." You can't clean up
Shakespeare's language and still call it Shakespeares language. It ceases
to be his work, it is now some derivitive perversion of Shakespeare, but not
Shakespeare.It would be like putting pants on Michelangelo's
David. Michelangelo sculpted David in a specific way and on purpose, just
because it makes some uncomfortable doesn't mean those "aspects"
aren't the "work of art" part.Someone trying to break
apart an artist's work doesn't mean some of it can be art and some of
it cant; it just means that those people dislike the art and think they know how
to make it better (which is supremely arogant).
It is interesting to me how I can be ignorant when I see the effects of
"casual sex" in the lives of kids I teach. "Responsible" casual
sex (using contraception) does not erase some of the painful consequences.My comment about cavemen was sarcastic. I guess you missed that. "Shakespeare had all sorts of vulgarity" - another poster's
choice of words. And yes, I can decide what parts of things I find vulgar and
what parts I don't, just like you are free to love the whole piece of art
or the whole play. We all ride horses we're comfortable with -
even those who live in modern society.
@Johnny Charity SpringYour assertion that crime rates and substance
abuse are up is not backed by fact (in reality, crime rates are down). More
importantly, how can you claim that either of these is a "direct" result
of the music one chooses to listen to?
Jeanie B:[I don't think Shakespeare's vulgarity is the "work
of art" part.]Well, it is. Shakespeare wrote comedies and
dramas. Shakespeare's comedies have dirty jokes. Shakespeare's dramas
have obscene language. Hamlet spends the whole play calling his mother and uncle
any number of foul names. Insults are an integral part of any of
Shakespeare's plays.You can't just dissect an
artist's work and choose which parts are "art" and which parts
aren't because you find them vulgar.[Yup, casual sex has
happened ever since recorded history. In an enlightened society you would think
that we would recognise the fall-out and change our behavior......... unlike the
poor cavemen who dragged women around by the hair......]Casual sex
has happened since sex developed. Animals only engage in casual sex. In an
enlightened society we've developed contraception. And your description of
"caveman" behavior is juvenile.[....kinda comfortable on my
horse]Maybe one day you'll grow up and join modern society.
@Jeanie B,"....kinda comfortable on my horse."Ignorance is bliss. Just be happy that's all that matters.
I don't think Shakespeare's vulgarity is the "work of art"
part.Yup, casual sex has happened ever since recorded history. In an
enlightened society you would think that we would recognise the fall-out and
change our behavior......... unlike the poor cavemen who dragged women around by
the hair......Apparently we humans learn very slowly.....kinda comfortable on my horse.
Let's break down Spring's post:"This article is proof
positive of just how far our society has degenerated in the past 50 years.
Anyone who produces or purchases this so-called music should be
condemned."Communism?"This music is absolute
trash. It glorifies vulgarity, violence, and profanity. Worse yet, it portrays
sex as a purely recreational activity with no consequences whatsoever."Just how much do you listen to "this music"? And I thought
parents were supposed to be teaching their kids sex education."These so-called artists themselves live their lives with all the morals
of a pack of randy Russian princesses. They preach the doctrine that sex should
occur with any person at anytime the urge hits."Not sure what a
randy Russian princess is, so I'll leave that one alone."Millions of impressionable youth are imitating what they see and hear. As
a direct result, the rates of crime, substace abuse, and disease are
skyrocketing. It is time to say enough is enough. If you care about America, you
will boycott this music."Is there a direct result? And good
idea: Boycotting is better than condeming. However, again, parents should be
teaching their kids, right?
In todays world as long as the song has a good beat, thats all the matters. Who
cares about the content.
This isn't new. Heck, Shakespeare had all sorts of vulgarity in some of
his plays yet most 'refined' people so to speak consider his work to
be art. Yet today's music, which expresses those same occasional
vulgarities, is to be condemned. It's all the same ... art and written
words.You guys act like casual sex just started happening in the
last 50 years and it's ruining society. It's been happening forever!
Do you think the first humans waited till marriage to procreate? They probably
never even heard of it.Get off the high horse.
If you don't stand for Something then you are going to fall for anything!
So my parents were right back in the 60's when they complained about the
trashy music kids were listening to?This seems like a problem for
each generation to discover anew.And I'm curious, what is the
definition of 'degrading' sexual content, versus non-degrading?
This article is proof positive of just how far our society has degenerated in
the past 50 years. Anyone who produces or purchases this so-called music should
be condemned.This music is absolute trash. It glorifies vulgarity,
violence, and profanity. Worse yet, it portrays sex as a purely recreational
activity with no consequences whatsoever.These so-called artists
themselves live their lives with all the morals of a pack of randy Russian
princesses. They preach the doctrine that sex should occur with any person at
anytime the urge hits.Millions of impressionable youth are imitating
what they see and hear. As a direct result, the rates of crime, substace abuse,
and disease are skyrocketing. It is time to say enough is enough. If you care
about America, you will boycott this music.
LValfre - Judging is not all bad. We all judge things - to be what we like, to
be good, what we don't like or to be bad. However, having said
that - I can see the wording choice was not the best because you could assume
that "humanity" meant "specific people". He meant it in the
sense of human nature (something that we should judge and do all the time), not
specific people.My son has many friends who like pop music. He does
not judge them, he does judge the music (the kind referenced in this article).
Much of pop music (the kind referenced in this article) appeals to the lowest
common denominator of human impulses. Why would we want to thrust that influence
on teens who do not have the maturity to manage their impulses like an adult
(should)? And, yes, I am very glad that my son gets that.
People who want to call others judgemental cannot do so without making a
"in fact he has just launched in to an impassioned speech about how pop
culture music appeals to the lowest common denominator of humanity"And your proud of this? That's very condemning to call someone the
lowest common denominator of humanity ... wow!
Betcha Elvis sold more records that that choir.
Makes Pink Floyd's lyrics look great! Welcome to...The Machine!
This complaint has been ongoing since the first time words were put to music.There is nothing new in this story.
Before our kids became teenagers we introduced them to Christian Rock (KLOVE
107.5 and AIR1 89.7) - being LDS and Christian we wanted a better repertoire for
our kids than just what was popularly offered.Much of Christian Rock
has the sound, beat and rap that teens like, but without the trashy messages. My
17 year old son is standing by me agreeing - (in fact he has just launched in to
an impassioned speech about how pop culture music appeals to the lowest common
denominator of humanity. He recommends the Christian Rock band "Red" for
some great hard and soft rock.)What we listen to really does make a
difference in our behavior.
Among my favorites and most frequent to listen to are Bach, Vivaldi, Holst,
Vaughan Williams, and a few others most people today wouldn't know very
much about. Mack Wilberg ranks pretty high up there too. People have sometimes
taken my attitude to be somewhat self righteous, but the truth is that I just
enjoy listening and always will. I never have to worry about the influence it
has on my life. I just enjoy it and enjoy it some more. There is other
appropriate music out there, for sure. There is even some of that super old
music that I wouldn't call appropriate. But in my world its easy to know
whats right and wrong and every day I can add only good to it. It's hard to
say that of today's "artists" who don't really write their own
music anyway (or even sing it themselves for that matter).I may not
have any other friends who listen to as much classical as I do, but at least I
enjoy it and have a nearly endless supply of clean, emotionally impacting, and
intellectually stimulating music.
"103 of the 297 songs referenced sexual activity. Out of those, degrading
references occurred 65 percent of the time"So, that means only
about one third (34.7%) of songs even mentioned sexual activity, and only about
2 in 10 songs had "degrading" sexual references.That seems a
lot better than when I was young.Does "kissing" count as
"sexual activity"?I find it interesting that the youth who
listen to these songs do not seem to analyze the lyrics (or even really listen
to them) the way the adults do. I know the lyrics to popular songs better than
my children do!