Proof Once Again That Few People Listen To Lyrics


Whether it was Beyonce during the Halftime Show of Super Bowl 47, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke performing at the 2013 MTV VMAs, or Beyonce again performing at the Grammy’s I’ve heard people complain and cry foul. They were bothered, shocked and even surprised by their very overtly sexual performances on stage. I didn’t see either one of Beyonce’s performances, who didn’t see at least clips and stills of Miley’s, but all this has gotten me to thinking.

Have you looked at or listened to the lyrics of the songs they were singing at the time? I realize MTV doesn’t actually play music videos anymore. That ship started sailing about ten years ago. The fact of the matter is more often than not music videos and live performances are theatrical in nature. In other words there is a good chance that their stage act will depict the words that are coming out of their mouth. In the case of Beyonce I realize that her public persona is one of womanly grace if you don’t count “popping and locking” while performing at Gospel Festivals against her, but it doesn’t change the fact that for a good number of years the girl has been singing “grown folks music”. It’s hardly the kind of music, if you have a finely tuned moral compass and take a moment to think about it, that is suitable for children. Not that we need to make a big stink about it. In some ways it is what it is. Allow me to go another route for a moment though…

I would argue that the music we (we being evangelical Christians) often say is inappropriate for children or young teens is actually more inappropriate for adults. I’ll speak for myself in saying what I’ve heard many other adults confess as well. I had no idea how truly sexually explicit suggestive and just plain raw a lot of the songs I was listening to as a teenager really were. I speak for myself because I was relatively clueless due to my lack of experience in matters of a sexual nature, thus when I heard these songs I had an idea what they were talking about, but I really didn’t understand. How many of us have gone back and listened to the music of our youth and responded with “Oh my gosh I listened to that!?!” When I had that experience I went to the next step and realize that there is probably a reason why I never had that response as a teenager, and it wasn’t necessarily because I had never listened closely to the lyrics. It wasn’t because I didn’t have a daughter. I just didn’t get it. Now I do, and now I can’t listen to the music of my youth without my imagination filling in what used to be blank. Thus why I must consider whether or not the music of my youth is more inappropriate for me as an adult than it was for me as a teenager. Say what you want but I know I’m not the only one.

Author: Cedric Lundy

Perpetual Seeker of Solidarity with God through sharing in the life death and resurrection of Jesus The Christ Pastor Communicator Shepherd Coffee Lover Snob and Roaster Sports an but to rational to be a fanatic Native Michigander living in the Carolinas Son Brother Friend Husband Father

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