Maisha Khalfani

<<are artists who have songs that I would let my kids listen to.>>

And when I say “let” I mean introduce them to.

We listen to all music here (including country now thanks to taylor swift
and miley cirus) Two of my kids know some of the words to a song about a guy
being in love with a stripper. I asked them if they knew what a stripper
was – they didn’t – so I explained it to them.

We don’t censor anything here, but we will talk about what we’ve heard.
They are always asking me what some song is about, and why do people only
sing about love. We talk about relationships and if we think what’s being
discussed in the song is true or not. We talk about how men and women treat
each other. We talk about sex, history, education, drugs, weapons, the laws
of society, racism, classism – all of this from listening to music.

be at peace,
<> Khalfani Family Adventures

When a big kid hits a little kid on the playground, we call him a bully;
five years later he punches a woman for her wallet and is called a mugger;
later still, when he slugs a fellow worker who insults him, he is called a
troublemaker, but when he becomes a father and hits his tiresome,
disobedient or disrespectful child, we call him a disciplinarian. Why is
this rung on a ladder of interpersonal violence regarded so differently from
the rest? ~ Penelope Leach
“Don't be afraid of showing affection. Be warm and tender, thoughtful and
affectionate. Mankind is more helped by sympathy than by service. Love is
more than money, and a kind word will give more pleasure than a present.”

~ Jean Baptiste Lacordaire

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Sandra Dodd

-=-They are always asking me what some song is about, and why do
people only
sing about love.-=-

I have a theory. (I'm sure others have the same theory, so it's not
a sparkle of newness in the world. <g>)

People write songs when they're pining for something they don't have,
so they write of love when they're in love and the other person isn't
there (as a release for the huge emotion) and they write about love
when they break up and don't have access to the other person anymore.

And war...

People write about wars they lost, not wars they won. The winners
are off carousing and drinking or whatever they do best, and the
losers (often Scotland) are home writing the details of what they did
wrong, or how those bastard English cheated them again.

If you listen to Spanish stations without knowing much Spanish (or
even with) the word that will stick with you is "corazon." Maybe
because it rhymes so well. Maybe "moon" wouldn't be so romantic in
English if it didn't rhyme so well and evoke a night when, before
there were streetlights and electricity and flashlights, a couple
might've been able to walk safely some distance away from other
people and have some kissy-face.

If your kids get in the mood, I have this collection:

They might have a contribution for it! It's songs that describe the
physical sensations of being in love. Evidence for love creating a
biochemical change. It even shuts off the rational-thought part of
the brain, some researchers are saying now. That explains a heck of
a lot.


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