Thoroughly Modern Miley Tells Sugar Daddy Santa to F-Off

For the record… while I do loathe censorship, I also know that America’s 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech rights do not protect the oft mentioned example of someone “yelling fire in a crowded theatre” (when no such conflagration exists). When compelling arguments can be presented… those which claim that song lyrics are perpetuating violence against women… that’s when it can also be argued that figurative fires are raging… burning down civilized society and it’s high time to break out the fire extinguishers. Needless to say… merely yelling “FIRE” will not suffice. Yes, there’s much more to discuss.

Which brings us to the #MeToo movement… female activism at its finest. Rightfully so, they’ve been on a mission to expose two legged, male predatory animals whose MOs run the full gamut from verbal harassment to sexual assault.

It was only inevitable that they’d inspire our scrutinization of offensive Christmas songs… most recently and notably the Frank Loesser composition, Baby It’s Cold Outside. Let’s give a listen to this spot on, CBC (Canadian TV network) round table meeting of the minds.

The couple portrayed in this next video brilliantly establish the seriousness of this problem… how rapidly males can devolve. All I can say is thank God the vile male character found in this video vignette was only an actor playing out a role…

The big question becomes… why would anyone still insist on playing such a song when they know its premise offends and/or creeps out women (and many men too)… when they know that broadcasting / publicly playing it, can re-victimize sexual assault survivors. Think of it this way. First, saying NO to their attackers did not mean NO and now their saying NO to this deplorable song’s fan-base does not mean NO.

At this point it would be totally appropriate to point out one more offensive Yuletide track, Santa Baby. While the song premise does not quite devolve to that of Baby It’s Cold Outside… that is hardly an acceptable excuse. This song showcases composer Philip Springer’s erroneous perception of what a woman wants out of life… i.e., to seduce Santa into becoming her sugar daddy… in effect… selling herself into sexual servitude.

Such lyrics hardly perpetuate a healthy female/male dynamic. Worse yet, overly impressionable, immature males (of all ages) could easily become brainwashed into ERRONEOUSLY believing that they are the only “gift” women would ever need. And once they’ve got that notion surging within their testosterone toxified gray matter, might they also wrongfully believe it their birthright to interpret NO to be negotiable?

Let’s re-emphasize this… NO MEANS NO!

Let’s now explore Santa Baby through the ages…

In the beginning it was Eartha Kitt’s 1953 rendition…

Next came Madonna’s 1987 interpretation…

where she performed it in a voice that sets back Women’s Lib as much as a Tweeting orange fake prez and blackface minstrel shows set back racial equality (PLEASE… Ms. Ciccone… tell me this was your idea of a joke). Oh… btw… my mind clicked onto the comparison to a minstrel show PRIOR to my viewing my blog’s lead video… where CBC Radio pop culture columnist Kim Linekin made a similar observation.

Finally, Thoroughly Modern Miley Cyrus delivers her 2018 rendition….

Well, it’d appear that Ms. Cyrus’ no nonsense, 21st century cover has got us all covered. We can only hope that her Version 12.18 forever replaces all the earlier releases.

One final observation… please keep in mind that Christmas themed songs are what oft captivate the minds of the youngest members of society. If you have any doubt, consider how many of today’s “adults” still want to hear Baby It’s Cold Outside.

Two final questions… to each and every (hopefully concerned) parent…

1. Would you want your daughter to incorrectly assume she’s not allowed to say NO and/or aspire to become a seductress of a sugar daddy… for all intents and purposes a sexual predator / rabid wolf in Santa Claus clothing?

2. Would you want your son to not grow up to become the president… to have as his role model an orange prez who has been accused of being a sexual predator?

 

 

 

February BlogCast ~ Tracking Thru The Rain

 

Thanks for stopping by for our monthly musical get-together.

For me, coming up with BlogCast themes sometimes happens when least expected. This time around, it occurred while I was having fun producing a double C-90 cassette mixtape… my segued tracks featuring Ma Nature’s “greatest hits” (e.g. her ocean’s roar, gales, gulls, rumbling thunder and rainstorms), which recording artists mix into their songs.

While finding no shortage of rain titled tracks within my “library”, I already knew that many of them would not include my sought after pitter patter of raindrops… BUT…

That was when a sub-theme for a potential future mix tape did emerge… namely… women recording artists who possess exquisitely, distinctive vocal qualities. At that point the question became… Why not make that future happen right now?

Hence the following four tracks.

Since no further set up is necessary, just don your virtual rain gear and go for a walk in the rain… or perhaps stay indoors and cozy up next to that computer generated… or if you’re fortunate… actual fireplace… before clicking onto those PB buttons. Oh, btw, a brief thunderstorm is forecast towards the end of this musical set.

 

 

Cassandra Wilson ~ Come Rain or Come Shine

Billie Myers ~ Kiss The Rain

Annie Lennox / Eurythmics ~ Here Comes The Rain Again

Madonna ~ Rain

 

I thank you for your listenership and cordially invite you to click back here for my next monthly BlogCast… one that typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into an appealing theme… this program slated to hit the www on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

 

FYI, my past musical presentations are archived within my BlogCast and music categories.

 

If you’ve enjoyed this post, don’t forget to like, follow, share and comment (click onto this blog’s headline to access the “LIKE Button” “Reblog Button” and “Comment Box”).

 

 

 

 

Four-Play (Week #7) (Guest DJ: Nina)

Welcome to my seventh Internet broadcast… the midpoint of my planned 13-week run. For those who’ve missed my past posts, they’re archived in my music category (btw, forgive my posting three days early… I was too thrilled to wait).

Soon after this musical blog experiment debuted, one of my followers, Nina, posted a comment where she had mentioned some of her favorite recording artists / genres. True, she had not listed more than one specific song title (Quizás, Quizás, Quizás), however, I do believe what I’ve selected, additionally, will play out well as part of the soundtrack to her life… and hopefully it will be similarly pleasing to my other listeners, too.

While auditioning this week’s tracks, I couldn’t help but notice how violins (and their synth equivalents) were oft in play… how the mood they’ve established does work well… if you’ll excuse the wordplay… to neatly string everything together.

One other noteworthy tidbit… his time around… Four-Play… correction… Five-Play features a bonus track… a heavy metal, take no prisoners, blow the roof off the dump, guitar/violin battle where nobody loses and everybody emerges gloriously victorious.

That duly noted… this should just about do it for the “in depth” musical analysis. After all, my Four-Play Five-Play focus, as always, is more about the pure enjoyment of great music.

While I’ll readily admit it’s nearly impossible to please all the people all the time, I’d also encourage my listeners to be musically adventurous… to trade off marching in lockstep for marching to the beat of a different drum.

“Still not my ‘cup of tea,’” you say? Not to worry. You never can tell what you’ll be hearing, here, each time Four-Play hits the Internet… so be sure to click back here on Sunday, August the 14th.

Blog response will act as my Arbitron / Nielsen “radio ratings”… so… if you’ve enjoyed my “show”, click that “Like” Star. Of course, comments (perhaps… perhaps… perhaps… inclusive of your song / artist / genre requests) are always welcome, too!

P.S. I’m dedicating this week’s program to Nina, my way of extending my mega thanks to her for expanding my own musical horizons as well as those of our other WordPress followers and visitors. She not only has an adventurous ear for superb music but also excels at inventive, intriguing drawing, imaginative writing and informative, innovative blogging. Ergo… I encourage you to check out Nina’s Website!

 

Madonna ~ Frozen

Jean Michel Jarre ~ Oxygene VI

Nina Voz ~ Quizás, Quizás, Quizás

Michael Jackson ~ Earth Song

BONUS TRACK: Charlie Parra del Riego (guitar) Faridde Caparó (violin)

~ Guitar vs. Violin – A heavy metal battle!!!