So the above is a new song out by Katy Perry. Don’t know where she came from (okay…I do know. She came from California…but whatever.). But right now she has a chart-topping song called “I Kissed A Girl”. It’s a catchy song. It does have some ballsy lyrics though, revolving around Katy hanging out in a club and kissing a girl as an experiment and liking it and so on and so forth. So I wouldn’t consider it to be music for the kiddies. However today as I was driving home from the park, I was getting cash out of the bank machine and it came on the radio.
Now, first of all, I am not one for censorship. Music has always and hopefully will continue to be honest and straight-forward. There have been many great bands who have expressed their political, religious and sexual views, and I’m all for it. I think that is what music is here for…to express one’s opinion. And it is my right to decide what I want to listen too or what I want my kids to hear. And that is what my issue is with hearing it on the radio.
First off, my daughter LOVES music. Especially pop music. Especially pop music that sounds like Gwen Stefani. So when it came on, she called out “Daddy! Turn it up!” and so I did. And then I heard what song it was (took me about 3 seconds. I actually like the song!) and I didn’t know what I should do. I mean…it’s a pop song and it’s really popular right now. So when a radio station is playing it, it should be okay, right?
Well…I don’t know. I understand that my 3-year old probably doesn’t get the meaning of this song (although she DOES know the lyrics to a lot of songs!), but my 6-year old has been asking questions about…stuff. So now he hears it and starts to think and then what? What do I say? Being liberal has its ups and downs…that’s for sure. But I’m thinking any questions that might arise from the lyrics of this song might be a little more than I’m qualified to handle.
So I’m gonna be changing the channel on this one from now on while the kiddies are in the car. Or better yet, I’ll just burn off a couple of CD’s with music I can play for them and not bother with all the commercials on radio nowadays anyway. Katy Perry is cool if you like her music, but I’m thinking right now might not be the age to clutter my kids’ heads with this kind of pop/sex music. And it’s definitely not the age for them to be asking me if their mommy has ever kissed a girl. That’s for me to know and them to never find out!