I cannot make out the words to some contemporary songs. It is not just confined to today’s music. I remember people thinking Hendrix was saying, “Excuse me while I kiss this guy,” when he said he was going to “kiss the sky.” There are a lot of song lyrics that people did not get right. You have to be careful online, because a lot of lyrics are made by fans of the music. I use the Tubidy video page and look at lyrics for the songs I am trying to figure out.
I listen to music and goof up the lyrics often. A good friend of mine, Ruiz Morgan, remembers when a lot of CDs had the official lyrics included inside. Way back when vinyl was popular, you could sometimes find lyrics too. Most of the time you had to rely on someone telling you what was said. Today’s music can have a lot going on in the background behind the melody and lyrics. Sometimes you might be wondering what the backup singers are saying, or you might wonder what a voiceover or soundbite is saying. An old song by Queensryche is “Silent Lucidity.” I used headphones to figure out what the deep voice was saying about dream control. It was not hard. However, with some of today’s songs being sung by artists that are not what you call great vocalists, well it can get confusing.
I listen to today’s music because of our children. If I disapprove of an artist or song, I let them know. I also explain why. We talk deeply of how some music can be an influence while other music is just a result of the way society is. Then we talk about how much they want to participate in a music culture that might be part of the problem rather than being part of the solution. It makes for some very interesting discussions, and it does keep me current with modern music. And some of it I actually like.