If I Die Young….

On the heels of Sunday’s VMAs, conversations have been swirling about music and culture.  Who’s to blame about Miley’s performance?  Will Taylor Swift ever stop bad mouthing her exes? Well, music has a place in conversations about Death and Dying, too!  Too often our spoken language shies away from death.  We are a culture that avoids talking about death over holidays and at the dinner table.  Instead, we hold conversations about death and dying in hospitals, nursing homes, and other corners of society.  But music, as do most forms of art, makes us talk about controversial topics.  Instead of tip toeing around the issue, art spearheads a discussion about sensitive issues.  Take, Picasso’s Guernica.  The chaos in the painting makes you want to talk about it.  But what is it that we are suppose to talk about?  Well, for Guernica its DEATH–the deaths that were caused by the bombings on Guernica.

The same is true for music.  A few years back, the Band Perry hit it big with a song that included DEATH its title–IF I DIE YOUNG.

How is it that artists aren’t scared to express their feelings about death, but too often we relegate such discussions to dark hallways of hospitals?  What songs have you heard that talk about death?  Does music make it easier to talk about death?  Be sure to leave a comment and share your thoughts!

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