I think most people around my age (nearing 40) would agree, most modern, top hits music just isn’t that much of a hit. You have bumps, and grinds, tunes, and rhythms, but the mmph just isn’t there – there is no real depth, it seems shallow and its only purpose is to survive the charts for a few weeks.
What made music stick in the past and last for decades? Was it the voice? We have lots of those today. Was it the music? You can synthesize a professional band in minutes with modern software – what made some of that older music really stick to your bones and endure?
I mean seriously – just google top songs of all times and the Billboard.com article puts the song The Twist by Chubby Checkers as the #1 ALL TIME top song! That song will forever be in my head – and I can still see my beautiful mother, at nearly my age twisting with a smile. That song and those memories will live into eternity, but some how, I think we are going to forget Britney, and Rihanna, and every other shallow pop artist to come our way. (Sorry ladies!)
There is a pretty big probability that if you got a group of people together and played the first three seconds of the song The Twist, everyone would get a big cheesy grin and know just what to do. Come on baby.
My point is, some music in our past had an enduring depth, a meaning for the time, something that brought a smile in times of depression or just focused on bringing people together. The Twist was just that – bring people together in a time of racial divide and social tension.
This caused me to think about some old music, and some friends have recommended some songs to me, by groups that you normally wouldn’t associate with the Christian life… but the words have so much meaning and character. Words that I didn’t realize the meanings until I stopped to consider what was really being said.
Take Ozzy Osbourne for example – I know I know! As far from Christian as you get, that old devil rock and roll! But his song Crazy Train should inspire all peoples, just look at the first verse.
Crazy, but that’s how it goes
Millions of people living as foes
Maybe. it’s not too late
To learn how to love, and forget how to hate
Here is a link to a YouTube remastered version: Crazy Train
Really? Can you imagine modern artists singing that? Nowadays it’s just about sex, parties, and rebellion.
How about Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson?
As I turn up the collar on my favorite winter coat
This wind is blowin’ my mind
I see the kids in the street, with not enough to eat
Who am I, to be blind? Pretending not to see their needs
A summer’s disregard, a broken bottle top
And a one man’s soul
They follow each other on the wind ya’ know
’Cause they got nowhere to go
That’s why I want you to know
We need a revival in the meaning of these songs. The wisdom of a life’s experience can be so easily missed in a song on the top charts, but putting in my head phones and hearing the passion pushed into each word makes me stop to think – what have I been filling my head with, that I missed all of this for so long?
Someone told me they were wicked and listening to them was like letting Satan into my head. I think the absence of some of this wisdom was Satan working in my head keeping my closed minded.
I’m glad to be finding faith building words and wisdom from uncertain places – Music!