I was listening to the satellite radio and heard this song yesterday….
“Jungle Fever” Chakachas
I was listening to this song and thought, “Good grief…that’s nastier sounding than Donna Summer’s old ‘Love to Love You Baby’ song.”
“That sounds kind of like something is going on…but what? What the heck is going on in that crazy song?”
How old was I when that Donna Summer song came out? Let me look it up quick…
1975!! That means that I was 15 years old when that song came out….
I was 15 and there wasn’t anything going on with my hormones that would have made me curious when I read about this crazy new song in Time magazine that was kind of ….crazy and new.
When someone in our neighborhood bought the single, I think that we all listened to it…and I imagine that we were kind of underwhelmed.
It’s not a bad song…for a disco song…but I think that we decided that it wasn’t as scandalous as we hoped it would be.
(The song is over 16 minutes long…so here’s an excerpt…)
Turns out there’s this short version, too….of course, I knew that…no radio station would play 16 minutes of Donna Summer moaning….
I’ll go out on a limb and say that those songs sounded like something was going on…they both sounded kind of sexual or something…there was something about them that sounded kind of “different”.
Someone, somewhere, might call me on that comment…”OH MY GOSH…YOU PERVERT!!! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? IT’S JUST MUSIC…GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE GUTTER!!! THEY’RE JUST SONGS!!! IT’S JUST MUSIC!! CLEAN UP YOUR ACT, PERVERT!!!”
But what can I say? They sound kind of sexual to me.
That’s why we listen to music, anyway…on the off-chance that we might hear something NASTY.
I’M KIDDING!!! I’M KIDDING!!! I’D RATHER BE LIFTED UP SOMEHOW BY MUSIC THAN TO BE LISTENING AND WONDERING WHAT THE HECK I JUST HEARD.
That’s why it is so gratifying when an artist has a change of heart and does some “spiritual” music at some point in their careers.
Donna Summer recorded this song in 1980…about 5 years after the song with all the moaning…
“I Believe in Jesus” Donna Summer
I guess that we’re all pretty multifaceted….
I listened to this song a bunch when it came out…I guess I loved to see some light shining through when an artist talked about their faith in an interview or in their music.
Now, theologically it probably makes a shiver go up the spines of “folks in the know”.
I don’t think that the lyrics are really deep commentary on a walk of faith.
There’s probably something in there that can be picked apart and dismissed.
“That’s not real Christianity at work!!! That’s fake Christianity!! That’s just some more of that Hollywood weirdness!! That must be the work of the Great Deceiver!!”
I’m just being silly…maybe nobody says that..although it does seem like Christians are our own worst enemies sometimes. We don’t always cut each other any slack….
So…some songs are kind of “crazy nasty”….and some are kind of sweet.
I learn something new some days.