I was just discussing the issue of music/lyrics with DH the other day. There are some songs that the boys and I like, and I couldn't decide if it was better to get a clean version of a song, or just not get the song. For example, the Cee Lo song. They did a clean version of it. A Glee version of it. And, then the original. The original has the F-word.
Now, I also have 3 boys. 2 of them are old enough to be more interested in the music I listen to, including my 11 1/2 year old. The 3rd is a toddler ..... so, he would be happy with most anything.
But, the issues for me aren't necessarily the words, in a way that I think they are sitting there thinking about all the lyrics and the implications. At this point, my boys are looking for a way to get away with, and giggle about, swearing.
So, while I have my own thoughts about being authentic and listening to an original version, as opposed to an altered version of anything, I also am not interested in providing my boys with a way to run around using profanity that I prohibit, and then giggling all darn day about it.
Also, and I will date myself, I have more issues these days with videos. For me, having grown up with the beginnings of MTV, and seeing the evolution of videos, I think the visuals, at least to my boys, are worse. It is true we had things from a lot of bands that had suggestive lyrics, gyrating big hair men and women, and some stuff that made our parents think "OMG!".... but, I think that these days if a group could put their music to something that would get classified as porn, they would. There is very little left to the imagination. And, I am not a prude when it comes to nudity or sex, but I think that there is nothing creative about having women wearing as little as they can possibly get away with, engaged in what basically is grinding and mimicking sexual activity.
All that said, I have no qualms in being the one that loads my kids' ipods, which I just redid their playlists and reloaded new stuff this weekend. I also don't let them have carte blanch access to the computer, internet, and especially youtube. They have rules and restrictions on a whole host of things, including various media, that I know their friends don't. And I am fine with that. Because, we aren't supposed to give up on trying to protect our kids from "garbage" - especially in our own home.