Monday, August 16, 2010

Music and its influence on society

When I was a teenager, I grew up in a Christian home. Many of the Christian preachers and literature stressed that much of the popular music was "Satanic" and that it would cause teenagers to do bad things.

I actually do believe that some music has a negative influence on society. Although, I think there are many songs that are communicating a much more dangerous message than the supposedly "Satanic" songs.

Here is a song from the 80s that I actually liked until recently. It's "Who's Holding Donna Now" by DeBarge.

Here are some of the lyrics:

Well I keep wondering who's holding Donna now,
And I keep wondering who's heart she's knocking around,
There's nothing I wouldn't do,
To be in his shoes right now.

Apparently, DeBarge had a breakup with his girlfriend prior to writing this song. Now he's feeling sorry for himself and wants his old girlfriend back. What a wimpy douchebag! Hey Debarge... news flash you're a rock star. Get over it, and find a new woman (or women)! Debarge, if I was in *YOUR* shoes I would write a song something like this:

Hey Donna now our courtship has ended,

And guess what, I'm fully mended,
I'm single now, gonna hang with gang,
And get lots of POONTANG!


The problem with this song by DeBarge and countless other popular artists is that they are subliminally teaching us that after a break up, you should feel sorry for yourself, feel sad for a long time, and do anything to get your ex back. When some people find out they CAN'T get their ex back, they do a lot of ugly things. This may be the reason why YOUR ex-girlfriend slashed your tires. Worse, songs like these this may be part of the reason why there are so many rotten guys murdering their ex-girlfriends. The only people benefiting from these bastards is the people doing programming for the ID channel.

Worse, we have songs like Michael Bolton's "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You". Michael what are you trying to teach people, to commit suicide after a breakup?!?!?

It is time for musicians around the globe to write more empowering lyrics and get some songs out there that will positively impact society. I think this would help our world greatly. If you are in a band, and would like help with this, I can. Not only am I a comedian, I can sing and write lyrics.

Although we still have a severe shortage of postive songs, we may be heading in the right direction. Here's one of my favorite new songs that was released recently. It's Samantha James' "Waves of Change":

Hey Samantha, not only are you an amazing singer, I think you are sexy as hell. We should hook up! I am intelligent, hilarious, sexy, and an amazing kisser!

Oh yeah and I can write lyrics too!

John Griggs

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