Last week I totally messed with Jen and the Spirits. This week her directions were quite clear:
This week’s topic for our Halloween week is Scary songs. You may take full liberty with this topic my friends. Scary because of the content? The appearance of the performer or the song is just that darn bad. Or maybe you have some definition I haven’t thought of yet. Get on it. I wanna know why those songs scare you!
Full liberty? HA! I am so taking her up on that and not reading the rest of the directions. Scary got me to thinking how the kids of today have no idea what music is, and that is freaking scary. They are too involved with how the look or sound. Personally I don’t even think they listen to the lyrics.
If they did they would realize that all Rhianna does is repeat the same verse over and over again. Say Nah Nah, what’s my name….
But my friends who are not teeny-boppers, we know music that would scare the pants back onto Miley Cyrus. Singers that wrote their own music and it made sense. The fact that they also could never be featured on Teen Beat adds to their cred. Is Teen Beat still a magazine?
These are the scary artists that should make the “artists” of today shake with fear.
The ULTIMATE Harry Chapin.
Let’s face it, he had the face only a mother could love. Or a gold digger. But his songs? They moved you. They made you think. He was the ultimate storyteller. And you were willing to listen to the story over and over again even though you knew that Harry would leave Sally at her door.
The INCREDIBLE Jim Croce
You never messed with Leroy Brown and you didn’t mess around with Jim. His song Operator still brings chills to my arms. Can you see Justin Timberlake making a song that could last over 4 minutes and you didn’t change the station?
The BODACIOUS Heart. Can you imagine Nancy or Ann Wilson on the cover of a teen magazine? Those girls could kick Lady GaGa’s bare butt on the powerhouse Nancy’s vocal ability. Added to Ann’s guitar playing? In an era when girls really didn’t play instruments (yes, before the dawn of time I am that old). They are Scary Women indeed and they could go crazy on your Baracudda. Rich would probably enjoy that….
The POWERFUL Crosby, Stills & Nash (and sometimes Young). Look at David Crosby. Yes, I know he is rumored to be the father of Melissa Etheridge’s children. Stephen Stills, um so not the handsome man. Neil Young? That is one scary dude. The saving face of CSN was John Nash. But that aside can you see the tweens swooning to Southern Cross or understanding the impact of their lyrics? That Chicago was more than a city and Ohio more than a state. These men believed in their words and used it to educate us all.
The LARGER THAN LIFE Queen. I’m going to say it here. Freddie Mercury was a ROCK GOD. The fact that Fat Bottom Girls would be a rap or country song today is just some of the magic that is Queen. Yes, their music is often used in movies and music today. But only because it is incredible. It lives on. But if Queen started out today? They kids just wouldn’t appreciate the talent. Trust me on this one. As I am writing this post Allie looked over my shoulder and asked: Who’s that? I explained, she said yeah I don’t really like that song. You can’t dance to it.
Kids, no appreciation. Yes, dancing music is nice. But songs are supposed to be more than a manufactured dance. They are supposed to move you.
Lastly in the spirit of Halloween (and probably Jen’s true intent) the DIABOLICAL Alice Cooper. Not only did he scare the crap out of my parents when I went through a “phase” he could probably make Bieber crap his pants. Although I remember him on the Muppets so I will always have a soft spot. Hmmm maybe he wasn’t so scary after all!
This mix to scare young people was brought to you by the ultimate DJ Jen and her crazy cohort in music crime Kristi.