Monday, October 30, 2006

Music Critique


Back in the 1950s writers and preachers were beside themselves with the appearance of Elvis Presley and the budding stars of Rock n Roll. Warning the public of the danger of contaminating the youth of the nation by listening to and watching the immoral songs replete with sexual innuendos and undertones. As a fan of Rock n Roll and having grown up listening to pop music in my home as a child I can tell you that until I was educated in the affairs of the birds and the bees I never picked up on this sexual undercurrent.

However I must say, although I general keep an open mind and enjoy a wide variety of music genres and styles I find my self aghast at the latest crop of modern pop music. There are no longer sexual undercurrents in hip hop it’s all spelled and acted out in the most crude fashion. Basically music is morphing into a sexual soundtrack set to a writhing beat.

Will people look at me one day as some quaint relic?

I don’t know but in the meantime I’d rather not have my kids listening to...and wondering about handcuffs and moaning girls getting their bootys spanked.

26 Comments:

Blogger Sara with NO H said...

You can't possiby be comparing the beatles genere pop to today's music...Pop and hit hop today are all based on who can show or do more. Most of the music is crap. I don't know if most of it can even be called music.

October 31, 2006 12:38 AM  
Blogger Sara with NO H said...

I meant hip hop lol

October 31, 2006 12:39 AM  
Blogger Sara with NO H said...

Last comment here..(I think) Can you imagine that the grandmothers of todays day will be running around singing spank me baby as their oldies? Gross lol

October 31, 2006 12:40 AM  
Blogger It's All Good Now said...

Today's music (if it can be called music) is just another example of what is wrong with today's culture. We've become a society of people who are afraid to reprimand and censor, lest we be accused of inhibiting the "freedom" of others. This world is going to hell in a handbasket, and the basket is woven by the complacency and idleness of our hands. We earn the right to complain when we take a stand against what we feel is reprehnsible - be it related to morals, religion, or anything else.

October 31, 2006 9:56 AM  
Blogger anonym00kie said...

i think the point is that what you guys are describing is EXACTLY the way people felt back in the 50's when elvis was shakin around...
Of course todays music is much more explicit than in the past. but the music/dancing from the past was much more explicit than in the past before that..

October 31, 2006 10:21 AM  
Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

I like listening to the oldies. Lots of music today is not music. You could still find some decent songs. You got a point there.

October 31, 2006 11:00 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Sara...
lol...thats funny...
In 20-30 years from now Ludacris and 50 Cent will be dentist office music?

itsallgood...
its america..How can we consor?

m00kie...
Thats exactly my point...
Is it really like that?..or is there a line somewhere?
Theres a difference between sexual undertones and outright kinky sex...
and will it get more explicit than this??

swfm...
yes..I like oldies too...

October 31, 2006 11:18 AM  
Blogger kasamba said...

Who even thought of the word 'booty'?
That whole genre of music is gross.

October 31, 2006 11:19 AM  
Blogger Open Up! said...

it's a sick sick world it's a sick sick world

October 31, 2006 12:15 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I cannot stand hip-hop. I had no idea that's what they were saying (how can you even understand the words)? It is so dissonant and awful and it gives me a headache! I HATE IT! My kids will NOT listen to that drek in my house.

Gimme Elvis or The Beatles or Peter, Paul & Mary anyday.

October 31, 2006 1:07 PM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

when i'm at the gym and the booty music is on- i can hardly stand it - It damages the soul
Many times i ask em to switch the channel

October 31, 2006 1:15 PM  
Blogger Head over heel said...

The lyrics of most Hip Hop and Rap songs are horrible. I hate how they drew the picture about woman. Overhere young people listen to it w/o even understanding, since english is not their mother tongue. And you may play any of those songs on the radio, with every curse word being said/sang out loud.

October 31, 2006 3:49 PM  
Blogger Head over heel said...

BTW I was not born in the time of the BEATLES but they are my alltime favourite Band.

October 31, 2006 3:51 PM  
Blogger tuesdaywishes said...

I'm not into popular music, and thank G-d my teenagers aren't, so I don't have to hear much of it. My kids do listen to a couple of Israeli hip-hop songs, but insofar as I have been able to determine, the lyrics aren't obscene.

I was in Wal-Mart yesterday and they were playing mostly 80's stuff, and I walked past several people singing along while they were shopping. I guess in 30 years...

October 31, 2006 4:16 PM  
Blogger Moiy-rah said...

in defense of my man 'fidy' i say that his music is so fly!!!

without him i would not be able to jam to 'its your birfday...'.

The brilliance of this music in indescribable, and i sing it everywhere--esp on shabbos right after yom ze mechubad.

lighten up children and enjoy the beat.

-moiy

October 31, 2006 6:11 PM  
Blogger Sara with NO H said...

Can you imagine david? I mean how are you gonna feel when your ipod is like today's record player? The funny thing is the music today is shortlived. Look at the "classics" and that's what they'll always be. You have the one hit wonders and pop songs in every era that come and go. You never hear a song for more than a couple months on the radio. All fads.
But when it comes to classics...they're not going anywhere.

November 01, 2006 7:32 AM  
Blogger anonym00kie said...

but todays classics were nto seen that way back when they came out, elvis, the beatles, madonna.. all of that stuff was seen as one hit wonders and pop songs.. only time will tell whether a song is a classic or not.. maybe this hiphop/rap crapola with the awesome beat will be viewed the same way as the beatles one day (and i almost said that with a straight face!)

November 01, 2006 7:51 AM  
Blogger It's All Good Now said...

The pocket book is one way to start. Exuding more parental control is another.

November 01, 2006 10:01 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Kas...
lol beats me...look it up
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booty

open...
agreed..

Stacy...
Its a good thing u dont understand what theyre saying..believe me..

theonlyway...
its not great music to excercise to ..as the beat is pretty slow..

headoverheel...
It wouldnt be so bad if it were in another language. There definitely is some talent in the likes of eminem...its just too crude..
and even though i wasnt either alive when the beatles were hot..theyre one of my favorites too.

tuesday...
count ur blessings..
lol..in 30 years people will ba happily whistling along to 50cent..as they wheel theyre carriages up and down aisles?..hmm

moiy...
lol..wow that must be some shabbos table..
although i must confess...by the time yom zeh mechubad comes around i oftentime feel like spanking some of my kids bootys...lol

November 01, 2006 12:24 PM  
Blogger Bonnie B said...

Ditto here! I am not a fan of most of the pop music!

BTW I just read your Ode to the middle child-- I absolutely loved it. I hope you don't mind but I copied it so I could frame it and put it in her bedroom--thanks for the beautiful poem.

November 01, 2006 12:32 PM  
Blogger workingema said...

Well, although I go for oldies all the way (my husband CANNOT for the life of him understand how I like it), hip hop beat actually gets you moving. If i'm driving late at night, I would put it on to keep me awake (if I can't find an oldies station)- BUT the words, I agree, are beyond disgusting.
Leave some to the imagination please.

November 01, 2006 8:09 PM  
Blogger workingema said...

and you wonder why the generation of today looks like it does, and does what it does.

November 01, 2006 8:10 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

sara....
Gonna have to agree with mookie...its too soon to tell what will stick and be a classic..

itsallgood...
oh...its way too late for that...this generation is thoroughly desensitized

bonnie...
wow..of course u can..I'm honored..
:-)

working...
I agree. Thats why I said before hip hop in a foreign language is great..lol
and i left plenty for the imagination...didnt even scratch the surface

November 01, 2006 8:57 PM  
Blogger Shpitzle Shtrimpkind said...

Welcome to America. There's a problem with global warming and we keep on shedding a layer. Exposing ourselves to more. As one commenter said, in the 50s they complained that it wasn't like the 20s.

But I really think that the supply comes as a result of the demand. People were always addicted to anything that had sex in it, they were just too modest.

November 01, 2006 9:38 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

shpitzle...
areu saying that theres less and less modesty because of global warming?
Interesting theory..

November 01, 2006 11:17 PM  
Blogger Ron Benvenisti said...

Music?!! Jewish?!! You hit a sensitive spot. Please click on my name and see the sites for why.

Thanks and Good Shabbos!

November 03, 2006 2:43 PM  

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