Music: Does it tell a story

Do you ever wonder if music tells a story? What would it tell? How has it changed over the years? I have been around long enough to have heard many different types of music and it has always made me wonder about the way songs are effective in telling the story that someone wants to get across.

When I was young, my parents thought that groups that were like ABBA were great. My older brother and I were into the AC/DC. My parents said that it was noise and made no sense at all. I remember the fact that my dad loved country music and trust me when Walkman Portable music players came out it was a life saver.

My older brother and I would listen to anything that could drive my parents angry but at the same time you could understand what the singer was saying. We had the vinyl records of AC/DC High Voltage, Van Halen 1984, Black Sabbath Paranoid and others that would drive my parents wacko.

I was raised in a Hispanic/Caucasian family and things were ‘interesting’.  The music that I listened to was always the rock based. I grew up enjoying Ozzy Osborne, Queensryche, Iron Maiden, AC/DC and others like it. I remember bringing home a CD of music and my parents were what is that? The looked at the cover and my mother honestly thought the image from the cover which was Poison’s Look What The Cat Dragged In, and she thought they were women! (Sorry but I died of laughter).

While some of the music of the 80’s I still enjoy, I still love the old school Rock. If I wanted to listen to a person yell and scream I would go to the local mall. That isn’t music to me. If I want to listen to something that is fun, it will be something like Aerosmith, AC/DC, or Ozzy.

People are going to think that it is strange but have you ever looked up the words to the music that they sing. There are bands like Aerosmith that have some of the funniest songs. Songs like ‘Dude looks like a Lady’ are fun to listen to.

“Dude (Looks Like A Lady)”


That, that dude looks like a lady
That, that dude looks like a lady
That, that dude looks like a lady
That, that dude looks like a ladyCruise into a bar on the shore
Her picture graced the grime on the door
She’s a long lost love at first bite
Baby maybe you’re wrong but you know it’s all right
That’s right

That, that
That, that

Backstage we’re havin’ the time
Of our lives until somebody say
Forgive me if I seem out of line
Then she whipped out her gun and tried to blow me away!


Never judge a book by it’s cover
Or who you gonna love by your lover
Sayin’ love put me wise to her love in disguise
She had the body of a Venus, Lord imagine my surprise.


So baby let me follow you down (let me take a peek dear)
Baby let me follow you down (do me, do me, do me all night)
Baby let me follow you down (turn the other cheek dear)
Baby let me follow you down (do me, do me, do me, do me)

Ooh, what a funky lady
Ooh, she like it, like it, like it, like that.
Ooh, he was a lady!

[Chorus 2x]

Dude, dude, dude, dude looks like a lady
Dude, dude, dude, dude looks like a lady
Dude, dude, dude, dude looks like a lady
Dude, dude, dude, dude looks like a lady (

So with the kids now listening to the type of music that they do makes me wonder why people are saying it is the parents fault when they go out of control. I was trying to find an example of the difference and it worries me about the music that they listen to.
I know that during the time of the shooting in Columbine people were blaming Marilyn Manson due to the fact that he stands out. I remember a quote of his from the movie ‘Bowling for Columbine’ and this is what he said.
Michael Moore: If you were to talk directly to the kids at Columbine or the people in that community, what would you say to them if they were here right now?Marilyn Manson: I wouldn’t say a single word to them I would listen to what they have to say, and that’s what no one did.

And he also mentioned this:

Marilyn Manson: The two by-products of that whole tragedy were, violence in entertainment, and gun control. And how perfect that that was the two things that we were going to talk about with the upcoming election. And also, then we forgot about Monica Lewinsky and we forgot about, uh, the President was shooting bombs overseas, yet I’m a bad guy because I, well I sing some rock-and-roll songs, and who’s a bigger influence, the President or Marilyn Manson? I’d like to think me, but I’m going to go with the President.

Michael Moore: Do you know that on the day of the Columbine massacre, the US dropped more bombs on Kosovo than any other day?

Marilyn Manson: I do know that, and I think that’s really ironic, that nobody said ‘well maybe the President had an influence on this violent behavior’ Because that’s not the way the media wants to take it and spin it, and turn it into fear, because then you’re watching television, you’re watching the news, you’re being pumped full of fear, there’s floods, there’s AIDS, there’s murder, cut to commercial, buy the Acura, buy the Colgate, if you have bad breath they’re not going to talk to you, if you have pimples, the girl’s not going to fuck you, and it’s just this campaign of fear, and consumption, and that’s what I think it’s all based on, the whole idea of ‘keep everyone afraid, and they’ll consume.’

So before people blame music for the worlds problems,, maybe they should look at what is really going on.


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