A Haiku - Music

A Haiku - Music

Music is two-edged.

Used to console, lift., praise, cheer,

it can be a prayer.

It can also fail

its promise by lowering

human dignity.


Modern music is always changing, at least it has for the past century.

In my youth songs were risque for their double meanings, usually made sense (though they could be laced with humorous foolishness), and head tempos that were for dancing some fairly standard forms of dance.

As I aged, the "big band sounds" all but disappeared, seemingly radical dance styles emerged, volume increased, and lyrics became less and less understandable, while the number of lyrics Americans memorized started to dwindle.

Praise songs came into style, but lyrics spread to include ones that demeaned and ridiculed, or touted uncontrolled behaviors as the use of drugs became as prevalent as the use of alcohol was and still is.

Where is music headed? Heavenward, or where?

Maybe it is just as well that I'm not able to understand, much less memorize, some of today's lyrics, even though I am fortunate to still have the hearing that it appears some of this day's generation will have to do without in the future.


© 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved..

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Love the poem. A genre where you are not supposed to understand the words. HMmmm But I guess that is true of latin hymns also ;-)

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Exactly right. Can you imagine? I took Latin and French in high school, and my Dad studied Greek in prepschool! The Latin helped me study other languages (the French, and also German, Russian, Indonesian, and Mandarin.) The French helped me to communicate with Manolie when we first met and started our progress of 46 years.

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Billrrrr 2 years ago from Cape Cod

Hi Persp. Pretty much all music stopped sometime around 1970. Luckily, we have time machines and can go back and spend time with the immortals: Hank Williams (the real Hank, not numbers 2,3,4, and 5): Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Conway Twitty, Mario Lanza, Fats Domino, Patti Page etc.

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Billrrrr - Beats may vary, but frenzy? The "good old" are still good, even great.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Loved this. Music has always been a great part of my life. I have learned to love a great variety of music and I'm grateful that YouTube let's me listen to any kind I want at any moment. When it comes to rock and roll they lost me in the 90s because afterwards the music just gets too modern for me. There is the occasional surprise which I like and of course whatever the old rockers still come up with. I love watching Old Hollywood movies and have recently discovered wonderful songs from the 20s, 30s and 40s.

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Gypsy Rose Lee - Music is champagne for the ears (at least pleasing music can be.)

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