Month: August 2010

Inception

Watched Inception the other day, and would happily rate it 4.3 star – well, 0.7 short of being at par with my favourite Lord of The Rings movie.

Oh well, I am seriously considering watching it for a second time…

..but it’s Ramadhan!


Dapatkan Mesej Bergambar di Sini

I could finish reciting a juzu’ of the Holy Quran in that two hours period.

Oh, please let me know if the DVD has been released.

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Of Songs and Lyrics

Before anything, I might need to confess it here : I am not an avid listener of IKIM.fm (the only Islamic radio channel in Malaysia, I reckon), and that sure means something if you are the kind of person who thinks any other radio channel is not worth listening to. I can understand that, nevertheless.

I only listen to songs and radio when driving, and that means, it might be a 3-4 hours on weekends and min 1 hour on a weekday, if I am not commuting to work by LRT. And my choice is either Mix.fm (because they do not play any hiphop songs which I really despise), or currently my Maher Zain CD, or some zikr CDs.

And that implies that I listen to pop songs not as much as others do, even though I do not own an MP3 player of any sort -( I have never on an Apple product of any model, Steve Jobs fails to convert me) – and I do have a glimpse on current hits.

I was listening to my current favourite feel-good song – Soul Sister by Train (Oh yes, despite how crappy the lyrics maybe) I found it difficult to understand the censorship principles used by the censorship board in Malaysia.

You might have noticed some of the songs played have some sorts of deletion, and for the case of my favourite song, there are (as far as I notice) as follows:

Just in time, I’m so glad you have a one-track mind like me
You gave my life direction, a game show love connection we can’t deny
I’m so obsessed, my heart is bound to beat right out my untrimmed chest
I believe in you, like a virgin, you’re Madonna, and I’m always gonna wanna blow your mind

The way you can cut a rug, watching you’s the only drug I need
You’re so gangsta, I’m so thug, you’re the only one I’m dreaming of
You see, I can be myself now finally, in fact there’s nothing I can’t be
I want the world to see you be with me

So those two words strike-throughed are those censored and if you listened to the censored version of the song you’ll notice the weird sound. At a glance you can understand why, well, at least for ‘Drug’ (since I can’t understand the ‘virgin’ part) did they censored them.

My point is , the censorship is pretty much based on potential negative words (yeah right!), not the whole concept or any other implicit elements of sex, drug, or terror that the song might contains.

Which gives me a slight headache, because for instance, if you take a look at this lyric, you can see that it is not something you want the children to hum and sing along with:

Your Body is a Wonderland

We got the afternoon
You got this room for two
One thing I’ve left to do
Discover me
Discovering you

One mile to every inch of
Your skin like porcelain
One pair of candy lips and
Your bubblegum tongue

And if you want love
We’ll make it
Swim in a deep sea
Of blankets
Take all your big plans
And break ’em
This is bound to be awhile

Your body is a wonderland
Your body is a wonder (I’ll use my hands)
Your body is a wonderland

Something ’bout the way the hair falls in your face
I love the shape you take when crawling towards the pillowcase
You tell me where to go and
Though I might leave to find it
I’ll never let your head hit the bed
Without my hand behind it

You want love?
We’ll make it
Swim in a deep sea
Of blankets
Take all your big plans
And break ’em
This is bound to be awhile

Your body is a wonderland
Your body is a wonder (I’ll use my hands)
Your body is a wonderland

Damn baby
You frustrate me
I know you’re mine all mine all mine
But you look so good it hurts sometimes

Your body is a wonderland
Your body is a wonder(I’ll use my hands)
Your body is a wonderland
Your body is a wonderland

Well, this is of course, a moderate one, I don’t have the gut to put other hip-hop songs which carry the same, or even more implicit sexual message, but I say: you should have banned this whole song!
Rationale: It is too lusty and sexual, maybe?

On a personal practice, of course you can always reach the conclusion that if I don’t really want to listen to this kind I should have just turned off the radio and start chanting dhikr on my own.

But say, if you have the authority, and the society and nation you want to build consist of people from various backgrounds who:
1. do not favour zapin, or traditional songs
2. would not listen to nasheed or Islamic songs like you
etc etc

..what would you do? They are coming from every corner you can think of, aren’t they?

Sometimes things are just irreversible, I think.

Err..does that sound too pessimistic?