And so my ever
thinking mind took me on this path as I lounged on my bed, enjoying the breeze
coming in through the window, passively hoping that PHCN aka NEPA aka national
grid would surprise me this Friday evening.
jolly evening. My radio is playing into the headphones I’ve got plugged in my
ears, entertaining me and as is the trend, a rich masculine voice effortlessly
gets people to call in and share their troubles with the world.
In no time
there’s a commercial break on the radio and there’s good news! For me anyway – an amazing musical group is
coming to town! It’s UB40!
point where my thought starts to wander. I wasn’t born when the likes of UB40
ruled the airwaves but I’ve grown to appreciate lots of oldies and I assume
this is because songs back then were rich and deep. In my opinion, one could
practically touch the effort put into writing some of these songs and the
artistes were people who understood the art of life and love to a reasonable extent.
say that about many of the present day ‘love songs’ jumping into our space from
all corners. They are almost always composed of 7 – 10 words; mostly ‘baby’ ‘do
me’ ‘ waist’ ‘high’ not to mention the
X-rated videos that leave me wide-eyed with Jaw-dropped. By the way, are these videos
even censored by the designated regulatory bodies? What worries me most is that
society is largely accepting these videos and our children and little ones (in
my case) know no other songs or dance step save the ones exhibited in these
videos. Some folks in my age group might say I sound like their grandma or
think that I’m being overly religious.
me, not for my generation as much as the generation after me. What would their
old school (supposedly classic) music sound like forty years from now? Were the
songs in the 60s criticised in this light back then when they were newly
composed and sung? How do we keep the innocent senses of our children
I have nephews and nieces and I’m yet to
have my own kids but I wouldn’t want my kids whining their waists and chanting
all sorts in the name of music that’s in vogue. I pray for strength to help
keep my eyes on what they watch and listen to, where they go to and who they go
with. I apologise I’m asking lots of questions and supplying no answers which
is how articles should be tailored. However, we should think on this and make
decisive efforts to keep our kids on the path to sanity. There goes my highly
opinionated, ever thinking mind! Hmmmph…
Full credits – Agbo Victoria – she is a free lance writer with School Tips, a publication on parenting and education issues.