SWOD (Song of the Day/Word of the day) #10 — Pablum

2 Mar

Today’s Word:

Pablum: Trite, soft, bland cereal for infants

Pablum (noun): Trite, insipid, or simplistic writing

Musical Example:

Mother’s and Father’s everywhere must be looking at this SWOD and thinking Pablum, that is the breakfast cereal for babies. Well, yes and no. Yes, it is bland cereal for infants, but it also has another meaning. Pablum is trite, simplistic writing and it fits perfectly into this week’s SWOD.

Occasionally I like to look at the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts to be utterly depressed. I know the song topping the charts will be poor but I always fall into the trap of this constantly self-fulfilled prophecy. Can you imagine that only 40 years ago the #1 song on the charts was “Bridge over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel. A song that prides itself on the hopeful lyric:

“I’m on your side
When times get rough
And friends just can’t be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down”

This beautiful verse about friendship was once respected in the music community. Now, after the passing of 40 years and the mass deafness of the youth we have to deal with the pablum of current mainstream music. Can this be because popular pop music has never given the youth the opportunity to listen to a masterpiece. Possibly. But, whatever it may be, it is quite upsetting. What is #1 today. Well, a misspelt song title paired with a performer who does not even bother to spell her name with the letter s it so separately needs. “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha. Hey Kesha just because a dollar sign looks like an s doesn’t mean it is one. Do you want to see what 40 years has done to the Billboard charts. Well, it started rhyming swagger with jagger.

“Ain’t got a care in world, but got plenty of beer
Ain’t got no money in my pocket, but I’m already here
And now, the dudes are lining up cause they hear we got swagger
But we kick em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger

I’m talking about everybody getting crunk, crunk
Boys tryin’ to touch my junk, junk
Gonna smack him if he getting too drunk, drunk” (“Tik Tok by Ke$ha)

Yeah, I would say this is simplistic writing.

Wendy=Ke$ha and every other artist poisoning our music supply. Stan=listeners who know what music used to sound like I feel you Stan.

One Response to “SWOD (Song of the Day/Word of the day) #10 — Pablum”

  1. Jimmy Eriksson March 9, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    this article was very well written, great .. Keep up the good work!

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