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Here's a list of questions to ponder when you're wondering if a song is any good.  I wholeheartedly endorse this approach!




 

"Seven Simple Song Considerations"


1) What's the subject of the song?    Take, for instance, the Aerosmith hit song a number of years ago called "Dude Looks Like A Lady."  The subject of the song was a groupie who caught the attention of the singer backstage at a concert.

2) What is the song's conclusion?    When the singer decides to have casual sex with this groupie he thought was a woman, he discovers her to be really a guy.  Worse, he has sex anyway.

3) Does the song recommend behavior or a perspective that's praiseworthy -- or problematic?    In our Aerosmith example, without question what he celebrates is bad advice (not to mention sinful).

4) Is there a moral or social issue in this song?   If so, what is said about it?    Actually, in our example there are both issues at work.  On a moral level, the band is indulging in behavior that offends the Author of sex.  Aside from being offensive to God, it's dangerous social policy to advocate anonymous sex.  (AIDs and other sexually transmitted diseases, unwed pregnancy, and other issues.)

5) Do you agree or disagree with the point of the song?    Forcing yourself to state your analysis is a critical step.  There's something powerful that happens when you consciously admit what you know in your heart.

6) If you disagree, does it make sense to fill your mind with ideas you know are wrong?   And how will listening to it 50, 100, even 150 times potentially weaken your position?    You might think, "I know what my beliefs are, and I won't be swayed."  If so, consider the story of David and Bathsheba.  If the king of Israel can be tempted to compromise his values after one look, what makes us think we can stand firm when we're immersed in temptation?

7) What specifically can you point to that demonstrates the lyrics are right or wrong?    Here's where you need to examine your standards and what they're based on.  [Of course, our standards are based on the Bible -- which makes it a matter between us and God!]

One noteworthy observation.  In my studies I've found a number of thoughtful insights expressed by musicians.  At the same time, they feel compelled to "spice" up their image with an occasional profanity.  That's been a tough call to make for many families.  They don't want to say "no" to all music.  Yet while the overall lyric treatment might be acceptable, the incidental profanity is unnecessary and offensive.

Columnist John Leo, who writes for U.S. News & World Report, confronted by this very dilemma with his own 14-year-old daughter, has real insight.  He contends, "Most of the discussion of obscene music has focused on over-the-top gangsta rap and nihilistic hard rock.  But it is worth focusing on the first small steps toward the breaking of norms in mainstream music -- the casual insertion of a few obscenities, making them seem normal and unobjectionable."

 

I couldn't agree more.


[Adapted from "21 Days To Better Family Entertainment" copyright 1998 by Robert G. DeMoss Jr.   Used with permission. All rights reserved.]


 


 
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