I earned some free downloads about a month ago, and I decided to share the wealth with my family. So, I asked each family member to give me 5 songs they would like me to get for them.
My son wanted several songs from the soundtrack for the movie Eagle Eye. All instrumentals. Interesting choice, but not all that surprising. He was thrilled to receive the soundtrack for Back to the Future for Christmas.
Tom chose songs that he’s heard on the local college radio station. Having been a DJ in college himself, again, not a surprise.
Then there is Karen. God love her. She’s not found her niche yet, really. She’s almost 11, and she still enjoys Hannah Montana songs, the Jonas Brothers, as well as Taylor Swift. She also likes to listen to an urban radio station that has music that helps her get her groove on. This girl does love to dance.
Herein lies the problem. Her list included songs that have questionable lyrics. Oh, let’s be frank. They are unacceptable.
So what do I do? The first song on her list is Right Round. I know why she likes this song. It is fun to listen to and, as they used to say on American Bandstand, “It’s got a good beat, and you can dance to it.” It also samples a song from 1985 that I loved, You Spin Me Round (Like a Record). The most obvious difference is the lyrics. Wow. What a difference. Disturbingly different.
The song from 1985 is about a guy who sees a girl that he’s interested in and wants her to “open up her lovin’ arms.” He even says, “I’d like to move a little bit closer.” Nothing wrong with that, right? Agreed.
The song that Karen wants samples the chorus from this song. The similarities stop there. The song talks about sexual situations that I won’t discuss here.
After talking to Tom, we both agreed that downloading this song for Karen would be very “unparental” on our part. And, so far we are still in the running for Parents of the Year, so we certainly don’t want to jeopardize that.
I guess my issue that I bring to the blog today is how to explain to her why I won’t download it. The sexual situation described in this song is one that I am certain she is not familiar with. So, if I tell her that I won’t download it because the lyrics are unacceptable, she may ask what makes them unacceptable. Yikes. Don’t really want to introduce that to my 11 year old. She just got through this year’s Family Life video without fainting! But, if I tell her “they just are,” she’s likely to look up what the lyrics are. And, that would introduce her to many, many more words/concepts that are unwanted.
We’re stumped. Any suggestions welcome.