Sunday, August 14, 2011

What's with the music? Music Mondays

You know how you feel sometimes when you think your are alone with your own point of view? Well I thought that I was either the only one or at least amongst a few that thought that the music of todays generation is getting out of hand. I am not that old, I'm the ripe age of 32, but it bugs me that so many artists out there are being too provocative with their lyrics, dance moves, and video clips. I was talking amongst work colleagues last week and this very subject came up and I stood their silent to see what they would say. The comment that impressed me most was when the ABBA songs came up within the discourse. My friend said,
" I know the dance moves and lyrics are a bit dorky, but at least you know what you're gonna get. With today's music, you don't always know what you're gonna get!" 

How true is this? Sometimes I listen to a song on the radio and like the beat, the music, the melody but it gets ruined when either I turn it up and listen to the lyrics and how inappropriate I realise they are or that the song is actually not about what I thought it was about! Or I watch the video clip and am shocked or disgusted by what I see. I have to say I am no longer a fan of Lady Gaga for a couple of reasons. I don't mind some of her songs but unfortunately I can't enjoy her songs when I know what her film clips are like.  I can't listen to poker face anymore without picturing her in her skimpy outfit with those provocative dance moves.  The other issue that I have is directed to the age group of innocense. My daughter is 10 and is definately impressionable. I personally want to make sure that the kind of music I am listening to is the kind of music I would be happy for her to listen to and if she should happen to come upon the music video that she wouldn't feel uncomfortable seeing it. Young girls are so desperate to seek out role models and heros and as a lot of girls love to dance and sing they want to copy and immitate the female singers and artists in the music industry. I hope that all female singers would consider this when they make their film clips and write their songs.
The other issue I have is the 'F' word. It's not necessary in music. Its not necessary in the english language, but we can control how it gets used in other mediums, so why don't we? How many children do you hear singing, " I want to be a millionaire, so f... bad?" Does it make you feel good hearing a child or even your own child say that word or a word that replaces it? Our kids are viles of innocense and its our roles as adults to direct them in positive ways and their are so many other things in our world that make their growth so challenging, why do we have to add music onto it?  We don't need foul language in music nor do we need to see skimpy clothes on women to sell a record, do we? Really, do we?

So, I have decied to share with you some music that I think is so amazing. For me its about the artist, their voice, their lyrics and their stories and nothing else. Its good solid music and you don't need to be shocked, offended, or uncomfortable to see where they are coming from. Its what 'real' music is about.
The first song is by  ADELE and I know I am not alone in liking her, she runs circles all over Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga does have a good voice, I can't deny her of that and yes she does have talent, but I do not agree with how she presents herself. This gets tiring and boring because there is only so much people can take. Madonna shocked us all and then what happened? She chilled out because we all got tired of it. I can't get tired of ADELE, she is timeless, like a lot of other great artists like Joni Mitchell, Peter Paul and Mary, Mary Chapin Carpenter, John Denver, to name but a few in this genre of the musical story tellers of timeless music. Their music relates to every generation regardless of what the current trend is. I love it!

So that is my spill for the day! What do you think? I will leave you with two contemporary artists that I love for my Music Monday. I hope you like them and they will give you a great start to your week:)

ADELE: Someone Like you

Sara Barielles: King of Anything

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you 100%!! It is scary how bad the music and other media are getting nowadays. I, too, have young children and it's hard to shield them from all of the junk out there. I was outraged when I found out my kids were going to be singing "Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus at their end-of-the-year Beach Party for all the parents. Whaaaat?!?! They're in 1st grade!! They had soccer practice right before their grade was singing and SOMEhow they missed it. Ooops! ;)

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