Every night I drive home listening to music. Every night I am offended by the music I hear. It's not the rhythms or the beats it's the lyrics. The beats and rhythms kickass. It's the lyrics that are the problem. The lyrics are either pornographic, narcissistic, self loathing, or just plain dumb. Only about 1 out of 10 songs is any good. Frankly, if it weren't for that one decent song once in a while I would probably only listen to NPR or something. It's kind of pathetic and a little sad because I like listening to music that makes me feel good. Only once in a blue moon a Hip Hop artist or Alternative Rock star makes a song that doesn't suck. The music is a reflection of what is going on the artists mind. What's in the artist's mind is a reflection of society in general. So, may I suggest that we, as a society, are generally pornographic, narcissistic, self loathing, and dumb. Would that be too far of a stretch? It's about time to make a few big changes in this country. Changes which would turn things around in the hearts and minds of Americans which would make them not quite as "low minded." Otherwise, I fear, I will have to keep listening to crappy music.
Just to let you know, I know what I'm talking about, look at U2's song "Beautiful Day." It rocks! It has a deep spiritually uplifting message as well. How often is song that pure played on the radio.
So, here are some things to think about that the next time your thinking of contributing $16 for a CD to the cause of some potentially low minded loser band. Are they pornographic, narcissistic, self loathing or dumb? Does that band even have a political view? Is the band only out to make money? What does that say about you if you are NOT thinking about these things when you are buying? Are you just a mindless consumer who sends your money to whoever markets to you?