Music on Mondays — A little restraint would be nice
Marcus’s article reminded me of music, how it used to be fun, used to tell a story, used to be listenable, used to be singable…. Then it got corrupted with vileness and vulgarity.
I thought for today’s Music on Mondays we would go back to 1959, to the song “Battle of New Orleans” by Johnny Horton.
At the 1:09 mark is the phrase, “Then we opened up our squirrel guns and really gave them, well, we fired our guns….” Of course, the listener is wont to change “well” to “hell.” What the listener does is beyond Horton’s control, but I love him playing with us. If only most of today’s music, especially rap and hip-hop but I’m not going to let rock and pop off the hook, would exercise a little restraint….
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