For years, though I had a relatively short commute to work, I listened to audio books in the car rather than the radio. I wasn't a big fan of the endless corny commercials and they were all that seemed to play for the 15 minute ride to and from work each day. Audio books were a great solution and our library was well stocked with interesting titles. I find that audio books require a certain amount of attention, however. Now that my commutes are significantly longer (35+ min to Bronx and 90+ min to Brooklyn) and fraught with whizzing cabs, barreling box trucks and crazy commuters, my whole attention needs to be on the task at hand - defensive driving.
So, I'm back to listening to the radio.
The thing about popular radio is that they play the same Top 25 or so songs, over and over all day long. Having an affinity for memorizing music easily I know most pop songs on the radio now by heart. There are some good ones, in my opinion, such as:
- Pink - "Perfect"...on your worst day, the hope is that everyone has someone in their life to tell them that they are perfect, no matter what
- The Script - "For the First Time"...such a beautiful commentary on life right now. Times are hard but cling to the ones you love to see you through *sigh*
- Plain White Tees - "Rhythm of Love"...peppy, happy, lovey-dovey sweetness
And then there are the bad ones:
- Ke$ha- "Your Love is My Drug"- where she compares herself to a 'lovesick crackhead.' Um, okay? She just has this whiny, nasally, awful voice that always makes me wonder who on earth thought it was a good idea to give her a contract. And the dollar sign? Really?
- Mumford and Sons - "The Cave"...any song that includes lyrics such as 'tie me to a post' or 'noose around your neck' is not my cup of tea. These guys are just trying way to hard to set themselves apart and the result? Not good
- Katy Perry - "E.T."...good concept for a movie, just ridiculous as a song
- Rihanna- "S&M"...sexually graphic, blatant and, frankly, disgusting lyrics that I won't type out here. Feel free to Google them yourself if you haven't heard the song yet. But, I warned you...
While, yes, I do believe it is a parent's responsibility to filter media for children, how much can we shelter them? Remember when Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" came out and shortly thereafter a number of YouTube videos of little girls imitating the dance popped up, causing all sorts of commentary? Can you imagine the storm that this will bring if the same happens? Can't. even, go. there.
Children are going to hear this song, catch the beat and start memorizing and singing back the words. They will be asking you, "Mommy, why does she want to be gagged?" OMG.
How would you explain that one?
Why should you have any need to explain (or artfully dodge) that question?
How do you plan on dealing with these issues that come up in a society that is getting more and more permissive and accepting of making the taboo part of the mainstream, accessible to our youngest and most vulnerable? Discuss...