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Generations: Music, Teens and its influence

From the beginning of time music has played a part in our lives. It has been in existence since creation when the children of God would celebrate they would play their tambourines, sing and dance: thus making music. Music is a culture that has always been around and will continue to live in our society, our culture and us. Music differs based on the types of cultures present but it stands and means one thing, it is where we celebrate, where we mourn, where we encourage and mostly entertain.

"Longer than there’ve been fishes in the ocean. Higher than any bird ever flew. Longer than there’ve been stars up in the heavens.” Dan Fogelberg




Music in culture varies. We learn from our fore parents based on the preference that have long been established and each year or rather each generation adds to it making it better or changing it all together.

Generation of Music

While culture does play a part in music in our society it also influences all generation. The influence is so strong that it causes a gap- a generation gap. People or family members from the old days would rather immerse themselves in music that has a good moral structure and a story behind it. Music such as gospel, Jazz & Blues, souls, old-time& classics, etc… While very few of our teens these days would listen to those kinds of music, the rest would prefer to indulge in music that gets/sets them about in ways that are not approved by their parents or older folks. They would prefer to listen to music that they can “shake their bom-boms” to. Music that influences sex and violence.

The statistics of R&B and hip-hop, as it is recorded, shows a 25.1% of how much our teens listen to all music consumption in the U.S.

“Soon and very soon, We are going to see the King, Soon and very soon, We are going to see the King.”                  


“I’mma buy you a drank. Then I’mma take you home with me. I got money in the bank. Shawty whactu think ‘bout that. I’ll be in the grey Cadillac.”




Types of Music

Since there is a generation gap between our teens these days and their parents and other older persons in society on a wide scale the music has evolved. Not only has it evolved but it has also changed and there are new types of music being created. Firstly, in the early 1900’s you had jazz & blues. In those times you could be so soulful and rock to the music and get lost in your own world, where sex and violence are not always preached.

“Well, I soon found out. Just what she meant. When I had to pawn my clothes. Just to pay the rent”                   Ray Charles, Eric Clapton

Now the evolution and change of music have grown tremendously. It has changed from being music that the entire family could enjoy to music that you would want to be banned for life. Hip-hop. Don’t get me wrong! I love hip hop but, it has grown to a point where it is so violent and where it expresses sex in a light where you would actually believe that it would impregnate your child just by them listening to it.

“By the way, what he say?
He can tell I ain't missing no meals
Come through and f*** him in my automobile
Let him eat it with his grills,
He keep telling me to chill
He keep telling me it's real, that he love my sex appeal
He said he don't like 'em boney, he want something he can grab
So I pulled up in the Jag, and I hit him with the jab like...
Dun-d-d-dun-dun-d-d-dun-dun”           Nicki Minaj


Music on Society

We all want our country and economy to flourish, but at what expense? Maybe at the expense of your morality and ethics? How many of you, of us, have realized that with every change and evolution in music today a part of our society crumbles?

Pie, pie, one in a yo chest, one in a yo eye
Get a dutch pot, head haffi go fry
In a the night mi no program nuh guy
Mi a go fi dem a day when the sun in a the sky
When yo si the Corolla door fly
Place divide when shot multiply
A wa mi do him, yo nuh do mi nothing dawg
But yo friend kill mi friend suh yo haffi go a morgue”       Vybz Kartel

You have a beef with someone, you put it in the music that you would just “bust a cap in his a**!”I am very concerned at this are parading around in those music videos with guns and artilleries structuring how you would ambush “the hater” to “end him.”Violence in music encourages violent thoughts and behavior. Ultimately we are dragging our teens in to do the same. How many of those music and music videos do you think has influenced our children to bring guns to school?


Influence of Music on Teens

I can bet a lot of them a has caused at least 25-30% of our teens in society to bring guns to school. When that doesn’t happen it influences them to commit suicide.

“I could never be
What you want me to
You pulled me under
To save yourself
(Save yourself)
You will never see
What's inside of me
I pulled you under just to save myself”        Five Finger Punch Death

While some are committing suicide others are running around forming or joining gangs, getting pregnant, smoking, drinking, doing drugs and disrespecting their parents. That is the reality of our time, the reality of our music.


Drugs in the hands of a dealer
They're no cure
Drugs in the hands of a doctor
You all want more
Drugs in the hands of a dealer
They're no cure
Drugs in the hands of a doctor
You all want more”         Robert Harvey

All in all, music is universal. It is one of the most basic ways to communicate and express our feelings. It is one of the main things that can unite us as one body. The thing is to keep it clean and in a way where our children and teens can make rational decisions about what is morally right or wrong. We are building a future after all.

There comes a time when we heed a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
And it's time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all”  Michael Jackson

Comments (4)

  1. hipstergurl80 December 15, 2017 at 4:48 pm Reply

    Music is a beautiful thing in our society and I believe that more could be added to this. Not that it was not good to read but it needs more to it.

    1. RTJ Blogger December 16, 2017 at 3:41 pm Reply

      Thank you for your comment. I will consider writing another article on this one.

  2. RTJ Blogger December 22, 2017 at 11:25 am Reply

    Well seduction is in almost every music produced today. The question is, “Is this the kind of music we want our kids exposed to?”

  3. RTJ Blogger January 26, 2018 at 11:06 am Reply

    You are most welcome. I like the points you’ve made and think that you are quite smart, please do well in whatever you choose in life.

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