Refresh, rewind, update – hope you like it?
Just in time for the New Year – reworked and reproduced from the Just Call It album 2012. Hope you like?
A phenomena that evokes much attention is parenting and lifestyle choices (drug and alcohol use in this song). Common knowledge suggests we ALL know about the positive effects of strong nurturing and loving environments. Those supporting mental wellbeing of our children (everyone in fact) are invaluable, while conflicts in families are often defined within alcohol and drug dependency. Taking a firm anti-bullying and anti-smacking stance I set this song in a backdrop of child’s life in an home environment where punishment is either administered or frequently threatened by adults – ‘spare the rod, spoil the child’. ‘Apparently’ bad parents and lack of discipline are to blame for “social breakdown” and the consequences stigmatise those in the gaze of political obsession.
The song tries to break through the rhetoric and takes a small boys possible feeling and thoughts and uses these to explain the harm we can do if we continue to smack or support smacking. We also know that smacking children even occasionally can make them more aggressive and trigger bad behaviour, so why is it still allowed to happen? There has been a sea change in social attitudes towards smacking yet the Government resist calls for changes in policy and all the while smacking breaches international law according to one charity.
Can we blame the parents?
Tags: blame, contradiction, government, Life, power, punishment
Blame, punishment, contradiction are common stances in any relationship. This song is (intentionally) a bit of curve-ball. It is played out within those blame and contradictory contexts expressed in the tabloid media. The song is about power, and particularly government policy and the treatment of youth today. This is not new. We have much discourse concerning ‘fear of young people’ History shows us governments neglect young people (unemployment levels for example). Foucault’s postmodernist thinking, such that ‘power‘ is everywhere’ gives some insight to look at what power is (privilege is central in this song). If power is dispersed and pervasive and far from static or repressive (good to know if you feel you haven’t got any) then ultimately (let’s hope) power would be a positive force to change the scope or ‘scene’ in which this song is set.
A Don’t Know :)