Silence — peace and quiet — contents me easily enough, but music is inescapable. Whenever there are people in a public place, there will be something that passes for music. So it is at the gym. Depending upon the “music,” I may find a bone jarring run on the gravel track preferable to the more gentle workout provided by one of the elliptical machines.
Consider the Top 10 songs. Here is this week’s list.
21 August 2014 — Top 10 Songs of the Week — Chart 662 This
Song Artist 1 1 All About That Bass Meghan Trainor 2 2 Stay With Me Sam Smith 3 3 Rude MAGIC! 4 4 Bang Bang Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj 5 5 Am I Wrong Nico & Vinz 6 6 Chandelier Sia 7 — Break Free Ariana Grande Featuring Zedd 8 9 Stolen Dance Milky Chance 9 8 Problem Ariana Grande Featuring Iggy Azalea 10 7 Maps Maroon 5
What were the lyrics? Click on the links below.
- “All About That Bass” – This is a “love song” where a young woman sings praises to her own fat booty.
- “Stay With Me” – In this epic ballad the poor fellow sorrowfully “apologizes” to his one-night stand.
- “Rude” – Here is strange one. The guy actually wants to marry the girl, but her father objects? Why? Doesn’t seem to be important. Daddy is just rude (i.e., he is a stereotypical rich guy with a beautiful, sexy daughter)? An idiot who thinks like that is just going get himself killed.
- “Bang Bang” – In this musical creation, the siren brags about her — umm — bang bang.
- “Am I Wrong” – Is this fellow just very confused, or did he just need some words to sing with the music?
- “Chandelier” – These lyrics express the pointlessness of chasing the party life for its own sake. Unfortunately, they suggest no escape.
- “Break Free” – I suppose men dream of being so handsome they can dominate a beautiful woman with their sex appeal, and I suppose some women dream of being so attracted to a man who will so use them. But “used” is the operative condition of both parties to such an arrangement.
- “Stolen Dance” – If you cannot understand the lyrics, they don’t have to make sense?
- “Problem” – People who write songs like this make arranged marriages (by parents) look altogether sensible.
- “Maps” – Here the lyrics provide an excuse to display a video of our society’s seamier underside. Isn’t the glorification of self-induced, drunken tragedy just wonderful?
Am I being unfair to these entertainers? Perhaps, but they seem obsessed with sex and self-gratifying emotional displays.
Their art is disconnected from our Creator. At best, they glorify sex for its own sake. Love may be all we need, but sex is not love. Sex as the primary subject of entertainment is just pornography.
If we want to be better people, what good is music that just excuses bad behavior? We need to fill our minds with something that teaches us how we can better.
Matthew 12:35 New King James Version (NKJV)
35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.