I have to admit, as a 30 something mum of three, I haven't really listened to current music for a LONG time. It seems that once you have children, your finger on the music pulse seriously stops beating, despite listening to the radio pretty much daily, which I have to admit, is usually on BBC London.
My children are boys of eight and five, and my daughter is three. To be honest, music still isn't really on my eldest sons radar, he is more into playing rugby and riding his BMX.
However, my five year old is really getting into music. Youtube is a regular request and I have been shocked at what they are wanting to watch. Here are two videos from the current Top 10:
This is the official video for Nicki Minaj - Starships
And 1:32 into the video, she sings about "f**k who you want, and f**k who you like" which is totally inappropriate. Whilst some could say this is great for feminism, it is not so great when you have young children watching/listening.
Next up we have Flo Rida - Wild Ones, which although not a bad tune, if full of bad cliches...girls writhing in bikinis whilst gyrating in front of presumably Flo RIDA who of course, is sitting back with his homies drinking magnums of Cristal before jumping into his red Ferrari.
Whoa there....what is going on?
Since when did this sort of thing become common currency? Sure you'd have the odd video which was risque back in the day, (Madonna kissing a black Jesus in Like a Prayer anyone?) but now it seems that the majority are controversial (in my eyes anyway.)
Next up, we have LMFAO, which I have to admit, makes me laugh a LOT but not when you have a 3 year old girl singing "I'm sexy and I know it" whilst thrusting her pelvis at me. She hasn't even seen the video by the way, she is copying her brother.
I'm not even comfortable with the word "sexy" but again, it seems to be normalised now in songs and everyday conversations.
BoBo keeps singing "my heart skip, skips a beat" and so, in a bid to find something wholesome, I had a look at your official video:
What can I say?
It is a breathe of fresh air in this "homie drinks whilst girls gyrate" culture. It's perfect, it's suitable and more to the point, it is a very good tune. A quick look at your other music videos also portrays this same wholesomeness.
As a mother, I applaud you. Thank you for NOT going down the stereotypical music video route. Thank you for keeping it real but most importantly, thank you for being a positive role model to kids today.
Peace and Love