Friday, November 30, 2007
Young Rock Bands
If you look at today's issue (November 30) of USA Today, specifically in the Life section, you will findthis feature article on "kid bands."
As much as I am tempted, I am not going to go off on some huge diatribe. I have nothing at all against kids forming music groups. I happen to be connected with one in an informal, advisory sense. However, there are some telling things in the USA Today profiles of today's "kid bands" that ought to be at least a little disturbing to the rest of us, if not parents.
First, why would a group of very young kids (some pre-adolescent) want to call their band "The Naked Brothers Band?" No matter what innocent explanation that could be offered up (and I don't know, having just heard about them), is such a name really a good idea given the problems that have arisen of late with the sexualization of the young in our culture? Even if they didn't mean anything nasty, I am sure others will enjoy the double entendre.
As for the kid band called "Light of Doom," I found some rather disturbing things in that profile also, especially the mention of "liking the lifestyle" of rock and roll and girls "throwing themselves." Again, keep in mind the ages of these guys. And the "lifestyle?" These guys would do well to remember the destructive side of the rock and roll lifestyle, which has seen more than a good many young musicians dead way before their time, and most likely in Hell.
Yes, I know. I sound like an old, prudish curmudgeon. And I'll keep on sounding like it, because I for one am really getting tired of seeing young people with a lot of potential crash and burn on the public stage. (Britney and Lindsay, anyone?) I am tired of seeing deaths, drug overdoses, molestations, abortions, venereal diseases, suicides, and young lives ruined before they've even begun.
Will those terrible things happen to these guys (and a few girls)? I hope and pray not. And that responsibility lies with their parents for the time being. I hope they're watching things like hawks. And for their legions of budding young fans, I hope THEIR parents are watching THEM like hawks. Down the road, there might well be some things crop up that aren't quite such innocent fun.