Not only is it FRIDAY!!!!!!!
And not only is it Friday of LABOR DAY WEEKEND!!!!!!
And not only is it Friday of the first weekend of COLLEGE FOOTBALL!!!!!!
It’s the first (and hopefully last!) Miley Cyrus Version of Five @ Free Flow Friday!!!!!!!!!
That’s right, folks. She’s been talked about all week long. Much has been written about this dear girl that my children still innocently listen to (thousands of times a week) sing “Hoe Down Throw Down.”
I came across some very interesting and helpful articles for us as we seek to dissect just what that was Sunday night. Though I did not watch, nor suggest that you do, I saw enough news coverage on TV screens at various airports the day after the VMA’s to be shocked that Hannah Montana was doing THAT.
So, I’ve put ’em all together below (that’s how we roll):
#1. I Weep for Miley by Trevin Wax
“I weep for my five-year-old little girl, who twirls around like a princess and hugs me tight at night, when I think of the world she is growing up in, the world I will send her into.
I weep for the broken, messed-up world we live in.”
#2. Sorry, Miley by Brandt Hansen
“Kids don’t need more kids. They know plenty of them. Kids need adults, actual adults, adults adult enough to reject a culture that is so bored, so dead, that it can only feel alive if given one more jolt, one more shock. And it’s hard to shock, anymore, but Miley hit that mark.”
#3. What Would Jesus Say to Miley Cyrus? by Garrett Kell
“Jesus would have much to say to Miley Cyrus, and it would sound a lot like what He has to say to the rest of us. Let’s not harden our hearts to His voice, but rather, let’s follow the One who came to save sinners like us. Pray that Miley would as well.”
#4. Lessons from the 2013 VMA’s . . . from ‘Learning My Lines’ Blog
“I’ve been watching culture for several decades now. I more convinced than ever that it’s not ‘just music’ like so many think. It maps out life. Add to that the fact that there are now 24/7 delivery systems thanks to technology, and the ante is upped exponentially. The power of music and media to shape kids is even greater where the traditional socializing institutions of family, church, and school are no longer functioning with time, conviction, nurture, and clear ethical directives as they once did. What you saw on Sunday night was this generation’s philosophers, trend-setters, preachers, and educators. Think about this. . . most of the performers and presenters were extremely young. What they sing and how they live is evidence of how they have been shaped by those in the industry who exercised a nurturing presence in their lives as they were coming of age.”
#5. This Ain’t Your Mama’s Broken Miley by Sarah Condon
“The lyrics of her song ‘We Can’t Stop’ sound like some kind of a love ballad to booze-induced freedom, ‘It’s our party we can say what we want/It’s our party we can love who we want/We can kiss who we want/We can sing what we want.’ And yet, when we see Cyrus’s painfully broken self on stage, it is hard to believe that she’s doing what she wants at all.”