Being 12 and in high school, Rebi is fully into the music scene. Certainly, music these days is full of more land mines than it was 20 years ago (although I recently downloaded some of my music at her request and was a bit appalled to hear what I was actually listening to in high school. . .). Because I don't know the bands very well and so much adult subject matter is addressed, I have gotten in the habit of checking the lyrics on everything before I download it for her.
She asked about a specific band tonight- one I'm more familiar with, and I started browsing songs. The clips on itunes were fairly upbeat, and the lyrics are somewhat muffled, so I wasn't too worried. Of course, just before I hit download, there was a little prompting to check the lyrics anyway. After reading through several songs, I thought I was going to vomit. These cheerful, up-tempo songs were full of suicide, death wishes, violence, revenge. Seriously Emo. OK, I knew they were Emo, but I'm ashamed to admit I had no idea how bad it is. I really can't imagine how fully a disturbing message can get ingrained when someone listens to it over and over and over cuz it has a good beat!
Let's play this game called
“when you catch fire”.
I wouldn't piss
to put you out.
Stop burning bridges
and drive off of them.
So I can forget about you
So uplifting, I can hardly stand it.
After sharing a few of the less violent messages (isn't it scary that the quote I posted qualified as less violent?) with Rebi, I told her she needed to find another band to download.
In typical Rebi fashion she said, "It's like. . . it's like the dark side has candy!"