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Friday, February 11, 2005

Cleanin' Out My Closet

When I worked in the inner-city I found most kids listened to music that many adults would shake their head at and say "That's just so wrong". Typically, we'd try to get them to not listen to it and find something more "suitable" if you will, for their ears. Garbage in, garbage out, is the thinking.

However, I began to see that, like my own generation, music can also explain a great deal about what that kid is going through. Why are they attracted to that group or performer? What is it about the music that draws them into it? It might be the beat, it might be a guitar lick-it might be the lyrics.

In a recent article for Policy Review, Mary Eberstadt writes about the message that the music sends-and that we need to hear. She states

To put this perhaps unexpected point more broadly, during the same
years in which progressive-minded and politically correct adults have been
excoriating Ozzie and Harriet as an artifact of 1950s-style oppression, many
millions of American teenagers have enshrined a new generation of music idols
whose shared generational signature in song after song is to rage about what
not having had a nuclear family has done to them. This is quite a
fascinating puzzle of the times. The self-perceived emotional damage scrawled
large across contemporary music may not be statistically quantifiable, but it is
nonetheless among the most striking of all the unanticipated consequences of our
home-alone world.

It seems we'd all do well to listen a little closer.

Do you know what your kids listen to and why?
(thanks to Amy Welborn for the tip)


Blogger Jaime said...

Of course I shake my head and say "That's just so wrong" when I hear U2.

Its not bawdy lyrics, they just suck.

11:38 AM  
Blogger TCYM Lounge said...

Wash your mouth out with soap!!!
Their latest album has to be one of their best, most mature, most spiritual albums EVER.

You don't appreciate fine art!

10:44 AM  
Blogger Jaime said...


I was wondering if you would rise to Bono and Edge's defense!

For the record, I don't have any problems with their lyrics. But when I used to teach guitar and students would want to learn U2, my response would be "You too can learn this song in three minutes."

11:37 AM  
Blogger TCYM Lounge said...

The Edge rules. Ok, so it's not extremely difficult, but it's unique. I can always tell when it's his fingers on the guitar.

The lyrics: Have you ever heard of the book called "Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2" by S. Stockman? It's a great read about how U2's Chritianity shines through their work, but it completely baffles the CCM scene of the United States. It doesn't fit into the neat parameters that define CCM (remember the hullaballo when AmyGrant "crossed over". You'd think she an agent for evil) and U2 quickly rejected the idea that they had to fit that mold: it just wasn't them.

It's really a fascinating read for any fan, particularly any Christian fan.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Jaime said...

Just out of curiousity...

Do you know the Edge's real name?

6:44 PM  
Blogger TCYM Lounge said...

David Evans. Dubbed The Edge by Bono (? i think) because of his bright mind and sharp features, so the story goes. Do you know Bono's real name?

7:09 PM  

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