Yesterday was that much-anticipated event: the last day of school.
Running out of the school with joy and relief on their faces, the students were elated. The older students, the tweens, in particular behaved as if they had just been released from prison after being wrongly convicted. To celebrate, our neighborhood joined with a few others to host a picnic in the park to mark the end of the school year. The two big draws:
- snow cones
Both seemed harmless. The first one definitely was. The second likely would have been, had the DJ been capable of differentiating between "clean" and "explicit" versions of songs.
I'm not sure what crowd this DJ was anticipating at 11:30 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, and I'm willing to guess that he was told by the parents organizing the event that it was for elementary students. Who else is available to get their groove on a Tuesday morning?
I know for a fact that the different versions of the songs are clearly labeled, in part because I accidentally downloaded the "explicit" version of Marroon 5's "Payphone." Perhaps it shouldn't be, but it is significant to me that the lyrics on the clean version include "Fairy tales are full of it" instead of Fairy tales being full of the rhyming alternative. I'm quite clear that my daughter understands the intent of the "clean" lyrics, but I think it is worth knowing that there are alternatives to swear words, and that they are inappropriate. (And yes, I know I should watch my mouth.) I think appropriateness especially comes in to play when there are younger children present, with all ages including kindergarteners and toddlers.
Why not teach tweens that you can have fun with good music that's appropriate for everyone?
Several moms raised eyebrows at various points of songs with raunchy lyrics, and a few people commented on the poor song selection after the event, but no one said anything to the DJ. As I walked up to do so, a woman who lived near the park approached the DJ and said that the music was too loud for her napping infant, and inappropriate. Telling that it was a parent who was not even in attendance that took issue with the music selection. Are we parents afraid to be party crashers? Hoping our kids aren't paying attention or don't know what the lyrics mean?