I'm so old school, you guys. Sometimes, I just have to laugh at myself. For instance, I still have a tape player. Yes. Yes, I do...and a number of tapes that I play whenever I get a chance and which I never plan to get rid of. Like this one:
Do any of you remember this tape or any of the songs on it?
Last year, when I was raving about Justin Cash's CD, I also received another at the same time called "Scripture Power." It's a collection of dance versions of old and new Primary songs.
When I first heard it, I wasn't a huge fan, because of the techno beat on some of the songs. But over time, I started to give the CD a chance and I've really warmed up to it. In fact, it's one of my favorites now to jam along to with the kids.
What happened was, Guy kept asking me to buy him some Kidz Bop music that he's heard on the bus. I said I'd think about it...Then one day I gave a listen to some Kids Bop songs to make a decision and I realized that I didn't like even the Kidz Bop version of popular music...mainly because it didn't bring a good feeling into our home...but also, and more importantly, because I felt letting my kids fall in love with the "kid version" of a song which contains "adult content" is only tricking them. What happens when they hear their favorite songs in the adult world? They really won't know to turn it off, because I've played the song so many times in our home.
I honestly believe that children are unfairly targeted by the adult world, in tv, movies, and music. As they innocently watch or listen to these things, they unknowingly walk into a very adult world that they are too young to navigate on their own just yet. I never did tell you guys about the time that I was folding laundry in my room and a song came on the radio that was so pornographic...I was immediately shocked and embarrassed and angry. Angry because I knew that the lyrics were chosen to sound innocent but to be alluring to children.
Anyway, so lately I've been on a little bit of a personal mission to find good, enjoyable music that my children can listen to in our home. I don't want them to miss out on the joy of all sorts of music, just because our world has lost their appetite for what is truly beautiful and good!
So, I went back to this CD and gave it a listen, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that some of the songs are the same ones that appeared on this old tape of mine...and they kept them nice and sweet and pretty as the originals (songs like "I've Got a Dime in My Pocket" and "I Want to Be a Mother"). Even the ones that are "techno-ish" (like the anthem "Scripture Power") still ring true with their testimony-building Primary lyrics. I love hearing Autumn walking around the house singing "God gave us families...to help us become what he wants us to be," "Saturday is a special day," and "I'll follow him in faith."
So to further the cause of giving children good music, I'm giving a Scripture Power CD to one lucky reader today.
To enter...Just leave me a happy little, funny little, whatever COMMENT ON THIS POST.
(You could even give me your best CD suggestions...that would be cool too.)
Good luck. And have a great day.
PS - You can give the CD a listen here...that oughtta perk you right up!