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User Name Thread Name Subject Posted In praise of music (78* d) RE: In praise of music 12 Jan 04

Maybe I'm too old now to take an objective stand. I just spent some time reading the journals my 8th grade English class keeps. I always tell them when your at a loss for what to write about then simply write down one of their favorite songs. Most of what they listen to is pretty sweet stuff--poorly written stuff--but sweet in it's attempt at defining an anger that doesn't want to take any real risks. Many of the poular rap songs are horribly sexist, demeaning and desperate, hence, I guess their allure to the angry, the misunderstood and the marginalized, as well as to the kids in my town, tooling around in their parent's SUV's, begging for college essay help; but still drawn to their own version of "shock and awe." There is music that is always profound--always real--always relevant. When kids ask me what I think of their music I tell them as honestly as possible--often I say it's crap...and someday they'll agree. Cling to what's eternal and don't give credit where none is due. Listen to what you want and take a long hard look at the world. This is all truly pompous wind..and I appreciate greatly appreciate that it exists here on this crazy little website i stumbled upon. Here's my crap.

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