I’ve come across a few songs lately that made me stop and think. Strange right? When was the last time you heard a song that made you think?All too often we hear someone (usually of a different generation) say something like, “That music is terrible…what a horrible message.” or “No wonder things like the Denver shooting happen, when kids hear this kind of thing on the radio.” Well I don’t disagree with that kind of sentiment, but I think its time to reframe the subject.
Listen to the three songs below and tell me you don’t FEEL something when you LISTEN to the lyrics. Like I said, lets reframe the discussion. Lets stop asking why there is so much crap being made (because the answer is…we like crap) and recognize those who are making music that matters. Stop criticizing those who are making music you don’t like and support those who are creating something you do like…and share it!
Talk about the issues that matter with your kids, and youth in general. You can’t control what they hear on the radio, or the videos your kid chooses to watch on YouTube, but you can point them in the right direction and teach them to think for themselves (Lesson 1: Brushing your teeth with a bottle of Jack is just disgusting).
Have a listen:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Same Love
Lupe Fiasco: Bitch Bad
Dan Mangan: So Much for Everyone