Thursday, July 14, 2011

Flourishing hypocrite

Music is the lilt in my step, the spark in my eyes. I love it. Always have, always will. I like all kinds, even mild rap (never thought I'd say that), but my favorite is Top 40.

I remember when I was in college I had a professor who loved music. He said to really understand it, you had to get submerged in the rhythm and lyrics.

"Sit in the middle of the room with the volume turned up, speakers surrounding you. Close your eyes and let the melody flourish within your soul."

At the time, I was like WEIRDO! Don't get me wrong, I have loved tunes for as long as I can remember. But he spoke as if he were having a love affair with someone named Opus.

Now I understand what he meant. I get lost in music. I dissect the words and meaning. I feel it. After all, I AM a poet.

But I'm a MOM, too; and some of today's lyrics are t-rash-y. That doesn't mean I don't like those songs. It means I don't want my kids to hear the foul language and nasty words.

So when a song comes on with R-rated vocabulary, I simply change the channel.

"Why'd you change it, Mom? We like that song."

Guess what I do? I put the song back on, but I try to start a conversation to distract them before "the word, line, etc." comes up. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. Then I do the unthinkable. I turn the volume down. Do you think they get what I'm doing?

They do. The other day I heard them talking about the whole thing while we were in the car as if I weren't there. I was busted.

My rebuttal: "Well, as long as you understand those are just words. They don't mean anything."

Sometimes you just have to be a hypocrite when you're a parent.

~laurie kolp

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Whitesnake said...

See you are the same as me....... in all ya said........
I remember listening to dark Side of the moon with my four speakers set up so the sound went around.
we lay in the middle of the room and closed our eyes.....


KB said...

I get lost in music too.

Jeni said...

I once lived to the rhythm of music and even won many awards dancing to the rhythm... i rarely even heard the words. didn't care about them! I was driven to music to get out of myself i later learned. Now I listen to the melodies of spa music on my way in to the crazy music of NYC everyday. Now I like to listen to my thoughts as I see the world so differtly today. I see beauty all around and I don't want to be disrupted by the sound of noise. Amazing how different i am today.... I needed top 40 back then, now I need my voice! :)