burn down the disco
When I saw the topic for this week I thought, “Of course, of course music affects who I am,” but something Kaycee said has me changing my mind a bit. What she said was this:
“I don't think that music affects who I am, but it can affect HOW I am….Maybe who you are is just a function of how you are…”
That got me thinking, if music affects who I am, does that give credence to the idea that music makes people do bad things? When Marilyn Manson comes on the radio do I suddenly think it’s a good idea to eat live puppies and throw small children from moving vehicles? And if I listen to The Mormon Tabernacle Choir do I suddenly want to gather the family together for an impromptu devotional and testimony meeting? No way! I grew up listening to The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and I can’t stand it—I’d rather tear my arms out of their sockets or listen to Marilyn Manson and I can’t stand Marilyn Manson. Though Mr. Manson is wildly misunderstood by his detractors his “I’m here to shock you” game wore off long ago. He’s like a clown now; I expect him to start juggling or do some sort of mime bit.