This link makes some good points about music and morality, but also takes an odd twist on the flaws in contemporary pop music. He introduces the post by quoting Plato, who claimed that music expresses and encourages vice and virtue, with which I agree. He then makes the point that we live in an era in which “judging” someone is the ultimate evil, which I think is so true. Nobody can even make a comment about the obviously messed up ways of our culture with our being called a judger.
The author uses dancing to show that pop music nowadays is not music we listen to but rather music that takes over us. We are forced to dance rather than dancing with it. Therefore “if you do submit, the moral qualities of the music vanish behind the excitement; if you listen, however, and listen critically as I have been suggesting, you will discern those moral qualities.” In other words, the immoral themes of many current songs is drilled in our brains and is more able to influence our lives because of the type of rhythm and the extent to which we listen to it.
This link deals a lot with moral relativism, which I think is very common in our society, let alone the music industry. Although the link focuses more on the actions of artists, I think his points are relatable to actual song material, as well. If everybody is singing about getting drunk and hooking up with people, then it’s okay, right? Wrong. The norms of society do not determine morality.
If we are aware that the immoral themes of songs are, in fact, immoral, does that mean we cannot listen to them? There is no definite answer. The actions in the song are wrong, not hearing about the actions. But there is definitely still something wrong with the song. Listening to profanity, first of all, desensitizes us the immoral actions, making it more likely for us to do them. It also supports the artist, which promotes him to write more immoral music. It is also abuse of such a beautiful thing. We have talked a lot about how music is a great and powerful gift from God, and to taint it so harshly is anything but good.
That being said, I have admittedly listened to “bad” songs and sang along with them, too. It’s tricky business. I would just say be careful what you listen to. If it makes you uncomfortable, especially, turn it off.