Never talk about Religion, Politics or Money, Part One
I think this will be a three part series about music that fall under the three great taboos of conversation. I must start by saying that I fully support a musicians right to talk about these things (or anything else for that matter) as part of their artistic freedom. I also think that one should not dislike a band or artist just because they have a different view than your own. That being said…
…first taboo, Religion. What is the first band you think of? The first thing I think of isn’t even a religious band. Depeche Mode does sing a song called Personal Jesus though, which is really about how a person can sort of consider someone else to be a god like figure, because of love and/or care of that person. The song was partially based on the way Priscilla Presley felt about Elvis. Love can certainly slant our view of a person! I know I elevate both Andrea and my girls to a much higher place than I do anything else in my life. Here is a cover of Personal Jesus as done by Marlyn Manson, whom we will mention later…
Not matter what religion you are or your belief there are songs that certainly share your view. I work with some Muslims who very frequently listen to the Qur’an. The interesting part to me is that the Qur’an is being sung in these recordings. In this case it is sung in another language (a Somali one I assume) so I really have no idea what they are saying, but it really is quite beautiful and interesting to hear. There is also what is called “handasah al sawt” or the the “art of music” which is not so widely accepted (unless controlled). This is the music that does not fall into Muslim strict beliefs. Here is the Qur’an:
It not only Muslims that are so strict about music as we all well know. Christians are certainly known for there non-tolerance of music outside of there religious compass. I know in recent years Christians have attacked the likes of Marlyn Manson and Madonna for there musical content and lifestyles. In ways I see there point, but don’t think a public figure should be held accountable for poor parenting. In anycase, like Muslims, Christians also have a wide variety of music that very positive and beautiful. I remember as a kid listening to Carman, he certainly was an influence of the person I would become (even is I did become agnostic). Here is a pretty popular christian song titled Awesome God by Micheal W. Smith.
I know there are lot of relgions we could talk about, but I’m going to just cover one more. It is the Yin to the above Yang(s), Satanism. Just for the record, Satanism doesn’t necessarily mean one worships satan, some use him just as a symbol of certain human traits. Marlyn Manson has be associated with Satanism although he has always denied it. One other artist I like in particular openly admited to being a Satanist (atleast at one point). King Diamond has more recently denounced religion in general saying that religion has led so many people to kill and destroy each other. He stated that he cannot comprehend why religion has caused so much death and destruction when it is logically impossible to prove the presence or absence of any god. So it does sound like he is more of an Atheist now. Here is a video called Give Me Your Soul from his latest album Give Me Your Soul…Please.
Of coarse there are many songs about god, satan, faith, religion and ect. out there that take all forms from inspiration to comical to offensive. It all kind of depends on one perspective really. I think one belief we all should share is that we should all just get along, to love one another, and to respect everyones right to choose and follow there own path.