Honestly, I can't sit here and write about the world of music today because in all honesty the world of music today has no explanation. When I deal in reality with kids who are being influenced by women who are more like hookers than singers and guys who are more like thugs than heroes, where is the line of moral separation?
I suspect I'm not alone with my opinion. I come from a different world where musicians were idolized not because they endorsed violent behavior or degraded women but because they had actual talent. Most didn't look like they stepped off the pages of GQ and hardly seemed to have even been to a barber let alone had any sort of private hair stylist. You see, this is all part of the growing trend I see influencing young people adversely. I just can't understand how I can be alone in this.
I guess it always comes back to the same thing. Money dominates everything. If people will pay to watch a human sacrifice they will pay for just about anything. And trust me, much of the music today promotes human sacrifice. In some ways, it may actually be more violent than that! At least in a human sacrifice there was somewhere involved an actual virgin.
I become more and more appalled each day as I enter a classroom and am exposed to kids who have no respect for the American flag, no respect for the school, no respect for the teachers and no respect for the opportunity they are given to learn. What does this have to do with rock and roll? Absolutely nothing! But that's the point! Rock and roll was supposed to be the evil that would lead to this sort of thing. And yet rock and roll has nothing to do with this evil. It is rap and hip hop and the so called pop of the day. Rock and roll is tame by comparison. When you have kids watching videos of thugs wearing clothes ten sizes too big just so it hangs a certain way and makes them look like they could take a life at any time, how are they going to feel there is a line that they can't cross? I see both sides. I see it in the classrooms wherever I work. Kids who have respect trapped among those who are rude, selfish and clearly under the influence of rap and hip hop artists by their body language and vocabulary.
At what point do we begin to hold these "artists" responsible? At what point do they need to step forward and accept the blame for ruining children's lives? They won't, of course. They will just continue counting their money and then donating some to a charity to make themselves feel better or to impress someone. Realistically, they only donate to save on taxes and get some free publicity for being so benevolent. Who do they really think they are kidding.
I think it's time parents start to stand up and tell their kids what is right and wrong. They need to be held accountable to the world for not controlling their children and ruining what once was the greatest country on earth. It won't happen. But it's nice to dream.