Last Friday Night
A few months back, I wrote a post about how the music we listen to—whether we want it to or not—has a real effect on the way we behave.
With that, I thought I’d write a bit of a reflection on what, unfortunately, seems to be turning into a sort of “anthem” for people (especially girls) around my age. I’m talking about Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night”—currently the 3rd most downloaded song on iTunes.
“Last Friday night
Yeah we danced on tabletops
And we took too many shots
Think we kissed but I forgot”
I could go on, but I assume most of you have heard it, or if not, you get the picture.
Katy Perry is known for her catchy, upbeat songs with lyrics meant to shock. After all, she first topped the charts with her 2008 hit, “I kissed a girl (and I liked it)”. The mentality of her music and those who listen to it is one of a certain type of mockery towards any sort of perceived moral authority. It’s not that she intends disrespect, but the thought of her (and her listeners) goes something like the following:
Whether people like it or not, this is reality. People our age do things like this. Rather than condemn and judge, we should embrace different ways of living, and then maybe by doing so, we will eliminate the unnecessary guilt and shame attached to partying, sleeping around, etc.
(and you thought I was just some naïve Catholic with no understanding of the way “the real world” thinks ☺ )
My main issue with songs like this is that they only last around 4 minutes. In the real world, we don’t live within the parameters of any 4-minute, feel-good song. And no matter how many times we try to play it on repeat, eventually it ends, or gets old, and our “nothing can take me down” mentality fades out with the final chorus.Continued on the next page