June 23, 2019
"Working with Our Feelings"

Part 1
            Hello Central Kansas and around the world!  Welcome to “Message at the Top” your top 10 show on today’s best music Mix 103, and I hope your second last Sunday of the beautiful month of June is a good one for you.  Happy harvest to those of you involved in that line of work.  And happy Summer since Summer began last Friday.  You have on your dial this morning a show that gives you the messages of the top 10 of today and yesterday, and, surprisingly enough, the songs enable us to see exactly what can help our lives be a bit better than they are already.  In fact, that is our intent: we invite you to enjoy the music, and to listen to the message so that your lives can indeed be a bit better than they are right now.  I’m your host, Fr. Mike Scully; thanks for being part of our show this morning.  We have music from today and the past 39 years all warmed up on our computers.  Today we will hear from a number of artists including Ariana Grande whose birthday is on Wednesday, and George Michael who died a couple of years ago, and whose birthday would have been on Tuesday.
            I’ll use Shawn Mendes’ new song “If I Can’t Have You” as a lead song this morning, but before I talk about it in particular, let’s talk about feelings in general.  Feelings are very interesting.  We all have them—sometimes they are quite strong, and we show them by being very happy or pleased with what is happening in our lives.  They are special times, and times to be savored and dwelt on.
            Sometimes, however, our feelings are full of pain, or hatred or disappointment or anger, what might be called negative feelings, and we don’t particularly like those feelings at all.  If we act on them, the chances are that we will hurt someone or hurt ourselves.
            Perhaps one of the things about feelings that we should concentrate on is that feelings are just that—feelings.  They may not even match the realities of life, but we are experiencing them—that is for sure.  And so, what must happen is that we control them a little.  If the feelings are good and make us feel good, we have to put them into proper perspective, and realize that life will go on.  Likewise the bad feelings must be put into some type of perspective—some general view of what is going on in our lives—and also realize that life will go on.  That is, in both cases, we have to work with our feelings, understand why we are feeling them at this particular time, and then go on with life, not allowing them to be such a major force in our lives, but controlling them so that we choose what we want our lives to be.
            I say all that because Shawn Mendes’ latest song is about feelings.  It is a song of real devotion to another but it seems to even go further than that.  It is almost like the person in the song cannot even exist without the other.  I can't write one song that's not about you.  Can't drink without thinking about you.  Is it too late to tell you that everything means nothing if I can't have you? Oh, I'm good at keeping my distance.  I know, / that you're the feeling I'm missing.  You know that I hate to admit it, but everything means nothing if I can't have you.”  He has very strong feelings about the other.  So let’s talk about the idea of “working with the feelings we have” as we study each of our songs this morning, and to start us off, Shawn Mendes and his latest song “If I Can’t Have You” number 9 on MATT. 
(double)    9 IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU / Shawn Mendes
                              THERE’S NOTHING HOLDING ME BACK / Shawn Mendes
 
Part 2
            This time from his album “Illuminate”, Shawn Mendes again and “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” on MATT.  The song is all about not holding back feelings, feelings again being the topic of the song.  It is a song of the man in the relationship about his girlfriend: “I wanna follow where she goes; I think about her and she knows it.  I wanna let her take control ‘cause every time that she gets close, she pulls me in enough to keep me guessing.  I’ve been shaking; I love it when you go crazy.  You take all my inhibitions: there’s nothing holdin’ me back.”  So, there is nothing holding him back from allowing his girlfriend to take control.  Actually, I think that that is good and bad.  But in terms of our theme, if a person allows too much control over him/her, the chances are that he is not working with his feelings enough.
            We’re ready to go to our first triple of the day right now, and we will begin it with a song about two people who fall in love, and they realize that even though there are so many people they could love, neither of them will find anyone like her or him.  “When it comes to a lover,” the lady in the relationship sings, “I promise that you’ll never find another like me.  I’m the only one of me.  That’s the fun of me.  You’re the only one of you.”  And the man in the relationship sings “That’s the fun of you.  Girl, there ain’t no ‘I’ in ‘team,’ but you know there is a ‘me.’  And you can’t spell ‘awesome’ without ‘me’.”  It seems that both of them have found that each of them are the answer to what each other wants, and they are truly good feelings that they have, and must allow to develop a little more as they turn to each other forever.  This is number 5 from Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie, and their song, “Me!” on MATT. 
(triple)      5 ME! / Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie
                              COUNTING STARS / OneRepublic
                              THANK YOU NEXT / Ariana Grande
 
Part 3
            Happy birthday to that young lady, Ariana Grande Butera better known as Ariana Grande who will be 26 years old on Wednesday, and her song this morning, “Thank You, Next” on MATT.  It is a clever song that one can study, maybe along with the video.  The message is a very good one but she approaches it in a different way.  The message is that of thanking all of the people who have helped her understand love a little more.  First of all, she thanks her boyfriends, then she seems to thank her girlfriends, and in particular one girlfriend named Ari.  The song makes us think one thing about her life which really isn’t true, but the message is the important thing.  I have problems with the language, and how I wish artists did not use the language they do, but nonetheless it has a message that says that we have to be thankful no matter what happens.  One of our problems with feelings, our theme today, is that we let them get in the way when we should be thankful about everything that happens to us, no matter what.
            Before her, we heard from the group OneRepublic from their album “Native” and their song “Counting Stars”.  It is a song of hoping that a relationship will blossom.  “Lately I been losing sleep,” they sing, “dreaming about the things that we could be.  But I been prayin’ hard, said no more counting dollars, we’ll be counting stars.  I see this life like a swinging vine.  Swing my heart across the line.  In my face is flashing signs—seek it out and ye shall find.”  It seems that the relationship had been based on money.  “Take that money,” they sing, “watch it burn, sink it in the river—the lessons I learned.”  A really good lesson, it seems to me.  Most of us are not people who have money to burn or sink in the river, but a way to make good things happen in our personal worlds is to understand that money must have its place, and although important, it is not the most important thing.  My opinion, of course.  Often our personal feelings, our theme today, do not agree with that, and we let money have more control than it should.
            During our next segment, we will hear messages that continue the thought of working with our feelings from people like the duo Capital Cities and Pink.  Before we get there, here’s a thought from author Everett M. Dirksen: “Life is not a static thing.  The only people who do not change their minds are incompetents in asylums who can't change, and those in cemeteries.”  We have to recognize the need to change in life and it will not always be what our feelings want.  “Message at the Top” will continue right after these important messages.  I’m Fr. Mike inviting you to keep that dial set at Mix 103.
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Part 4
            It is great to have you back with us.  Thank you for joining us this second last Sunday of June 2019 as we prepare ourselves for another Summer holiday—happy Birthday, America—next week!  We welcome you back to the top 10 songs of our area as of the week ending today.  I am Fr. Mike, your host for the only top 10 show of Mix 103, “Message at the Top.”  Our format involves the top 10 songs of today and the top 10 songs of the past 39 years since 1980.  Our motto is to enjoy the music that we play, and to listen to the message because often the message really does help our lives.  Our theme today involves the idea of working with our feelings.  The thought came from Shawn Mendes and his latest song “If I Can’t Have You.”
            Now, a story in song of a young couple who grew up liking each other, meeting each other on the Eastside of the town they are talking about.  Seventeen, they sing, “and we got a dream to have a family, a house and everything in between. And then, suddenly we turned twenty-three. Now we got pressure for taking our life more seriously. We got our dead-end jobs and got bills to pay, have old friends and know our enemies. Now I'm thinking back to when I was young, back to the day when I was falling in love.  Run away now.”  Their feelings are taking over their lives as we think of feelings today, and if they are going to work with them, they must learn to keep them under better control.  This is former number 1, Benjamin Joseph Levin or better known as Benny Blanco as the producer of the song from his debut album with Ashley Nicolette Frangipane better known as Halsey and Khalid Donnel Robinson better known as Khalid and their song “Eastside” now at number 7 on MATT. 
(double)  7 EASTSIDE / Benny Blanco f/ Halsey & Khalid
                  SAFE AND SOUND / Capital Cities
 
Part 5
            MATT presenting the duo Capital Cities from their first album called “In a Tidal Wave of Mystery,” and their song “Safe and Sound.”  They are a music duo formed in Los Angeles in 2009 in the persons of Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian.  The song is a song of what the man in a relationship could do to the woman if she allowed it.  “I could lift you up,” they sing, “I could show you what you wanna be.  You could be my luck, even if the sky is falling down, I know that we’ll be safe and sound.  I could fill your cup.  You could be my luck, even in a hurricane of frowns, I know that we’ll be safe and sound.  I could show you love; in a tidal wave of mystery, you’ll still be standing next to me.”  The man wants the lady to respond, and you don’t know what she will do.  But he is being very hopeful in his approach to her, and in terms of our theme, being hopeful is a great feeling to have, but we must always be prepared to accept whatever the consequence of our actions.
            Now, another triple play that begins with the story about a lady in the relationship who is talking of a love relationship that she sees as the “only thing that’s good” as she sings.  But she’s also talking about the problems of the world it seems.  Her refrain is: “Walk me home in the dead of night.  I can’t be alone with all that’s on my mind.  So say you’ll stay with me tonight ‘cause there is so much wrong going on outside.”  So, the solution for her mind to her situation is her significant other; and she needs that person to overcome her loneliness and her despair about what’s happening in the world.  And the tie into our theme is this: she must take into account the feelings that she has and what she should be doing with the relationship.    We have a new number 1 since this one falls to number 2, Alecia Beth Moore Hart, better known as Pink her song “Walk Me Home” on MATT.
(triple)      2 WALK ME HOME / Pink
                              CAN’T STOP THE FEELING / Justin Timberlake
                              SEE YOU AGAIN / Wiz Khalifa f/ Charlie Puth
 
Part 6     
            The number 1 song of meaning from 2015, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth from the “Furious 7” soundtrack and a tribute to actor Paul Walker who died before the movie was released, great song and their song “See You Again” on MATT.  “It's been a long day without you, my friend,” they sing, “And I'll tell you all about it when I see you again.  We've come a long way from where we began.  Oh, I'll tell you all about it when I see you again.  Who knew?  All the planes we flew, good things we've been through that I'll be standing right here talking to you about another path.  I know we loved to hit the road and laugh, but something told me that it wouldn't last, had to switch up, look at things different, see the bigger picture.  Those were the days, hard work forever pays.  Now I see you in a better place.”  I love it when popular music refers to faith in God and heaven, and the song is very clear in its statement about it.  We will all be together again in our soul world.  If we really understand that, we will no doubt have great feelings about it, our theme today, and hopefully that will have an effect in the way we live.
          Before them, Mr. Justin Timberlake, and a very popular song from a couple of years ago, his song ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling”.  It is a song about good feelings, our theme today.  “I got this feeling inside my bones,” he sings; “It goes electric, wavey when I turn it on.  All through my city, all through my home, we're flying up, no ceiling, when we are in our zone.  I got that sunshine in my pocket, got that good song in my feet.  I can't take my eyes off it, moving so phenomenally.  You gonna like the way we rock it, so don't stop.  I can't stop the feeling, so just dance.”  So, a song about good feelings and in particular dancing with good feelings.  Good feelings are certainly part of the important things in life, and we should remember that even though there are more important things, I believe. 
            We will continue with the thought generated by Shawn Mendes and his song “If I Can’t Have You” as we listen to and study top 10 music of the past and present from—coming up in order of appearance: Halsey, Taylor Swift, Panic At the Disco, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber together, George Michael and Rihanna.  To close of our first hour today, here is a thought from Marcus Aurelius, about 2000 years ago concerning life: “The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit.  The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.”  Now think about that—an untroubled spirit and knowing things for what they are.  Those two thoughts are really important and should generate good feelings the closer we are to achieving them.  That man knew what he was talking about / even back then.  I’m Fr. Mike for “Message at the Top” on Mix 103.  Hey, why not stay right where you are.  We’ll be right back.
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Part 7
            Thank you for joining us this morning.  We are back for the second hour of “Message at the Top” which gives you the top 10 rock songs of our area as of this week ending today June 23, 2019.  We take the top 10’s of today and the past 39 years, put them all together with a theme, and then call our show MATT.  Our theme this week came from Shawn Mendes and his song “If I Can’t Have You”, that theme being “Working with Feelings”.  I’m your host, Fr. Mike on “Message at the Top”.
            We begin our second hour with the number 8 song in our countdown Ms. Halsey again, and a song about someone that the lady in the song helped, but apparently he has forgotten her now that he feels better.  “Found you when your heart was broke,” Halsey sings, “I filled your cup until it overflowed, took it so far to keep you close, I was afraid to leave you on your own.  I said I’d catch you if you fall; Put you right back on your feet just so you could take advantage of me.  Tell me, how’s it feel sittin’ up there?  Feeling so high, but too far away to hold me.  I’m the one who put you up there.  I don’t know why / thinking you could live without me.”  Her love was blind she sings, and if we are talking about working with our feelings, our theme today, she is feeling upset and she will have to deal with that as she continues her life.  MATT presenting Halsey, the second time we have heard from her this morning, a former number 1 and her song “Without Me” at number 8 on MATT.
(triple)      8 WITHOUT ME / Halsey
                  STYLE / Taylor Swift
                              10 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT / Panic! At The Disco
 
Part 8
     They leave the countdown with their song “High Hopes” and they enter it with that song also from their album “Pray for the Wicked” at number 10 ‘Hey Look Ma, I Made It”.  It is a good song to study and one to learn from.  They sing of a person who wanted to go to the top, he did, and now he finds that he is not satisfied.  “All my life been hustling and tonight is my appraisal ‘cause I’m a hooker selling songs and my pimp’s a record label.  This world is full of demons, stocks, and bonds, and bible traders, so I do the deed, get up and leave, a climber and a sadist.  Are you ready for the sequel, ain’t ready for the latest?  In the garden of evil, I’m gonna be the greatest in a golden cathedral.  I’m be praying for the faithless.  He look Ma, I made it, everything’s coming up aces, and if it’s a dream, don’t wake me.”  And the result: some like it, many don’t.  He made it, it seems, but doesn’t feel good about it because he has met evil up front a personal.  His feelings, our theme today, are telling him that he must be aware that even if he achieves stardom, it’s not necessarily the best you can get.  It is our theme next week, good new song.
            Before them, we heard from Taylor Swift for the second time this morning, this time from 2015, from her album “1989” and her song “Style”.  It is the story of a love relationship that is beginning again after time away from it.  She sings that she shouldn’t be getting into it again, but as with many beginning love relationships, she and the man in the relationship allow things to run their course.  Midnight.” she sings, “You come and pick me up, no headlights, long drive, could end in burning flames or paradise.  It’s been a while since I have even heard from you.  I should just tell you to leave 'cause I know exactly where it leads but I watch us go 'round and 'round each time.  You got that James Dean daydream look in your eye and I got that red lip classic thing that you like, and when we go crashing down, we come back every time 'cause we never go out of style.  I say, ‘I heard that you've been out and about with some other girl’.  He says, ‘What you've heard is true but I can't stop thinking about you,’ and I said, ‘I've been there too a few times.’”  It is a beginning love relationship, and common feelings that go with it.  Tying it into our theme today, beginning love relationships can be positive in that we can learn a lot of things about our feelings, our theme today, and we must analyze those feelings at the same time.
            Another triple is in store for us now and let’s begin it with the number 4 song on our top 10 and a story in song about the man in the relationship not being real happy with the situation he is in except for the fact that his significant other is there.  “I’m at a party I don’t wanna be at.  Don’t think I want to be at this party, I always feel like I’m nobody, who wants to fit in anyway ‘cause I don’t care when I’m with my baby, all the bad things disappear.  And you’re making me feel like maybe I am somebody.  I can deal with the bad nights when I’m with my baby.”  The other is really important to this relationship, perhaps too important.  It could be that the person’s feelings are dictating what is happening, and in this situation, one must work with those feelings, our theme today, and determine whether what is happening / is really what should be.  These are superstars Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber and their song “I Don’t Care” at number 4 on MATT. 
(triple)    4 I DON’T CARE / Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber
                  FAITH / George Michael
                  WE FOUND LOVE / Rihanna
 
Part 9
            MATT presenting Rihanna along with Calvin Harris as DJ from 2011, “We Found Love” from her album “Talk That Talk”.  On the album from which the song is taken, the lady in the relationship begins this song with the statement of the problem: “It’s like you’re screaming, and no one can hear.  You almost feel ashamed that someone could be that important; that, without them, you feel like nothing.”  And the lyrics of the song say the same thing a little more poetically: “Yellow diamonds in the light.  Now we’re standing side by side, as your shadow crosses mine, what it takes to come alive.  It’s the way I’m feeling, I just can’t deny, but I’ve gotta let it go.  We found love in a hopeless place.”  She doesn’t explain why she has to let it go, but my guess is that it was a relationship that was totally unhealthy, and so my theme on my website reads: “Some relationships are not healthy, and should be abandoned”.  Tying it into our theme of working with feelings, we are going to suffer bad feelings about leaving a relationship, but we must learn to control those feelings before we do anything rash.
            Before her, we heard from British artist George Michael who would have been 56 on Tuesday.  He died in 2016.  We played his song “Faith” released in 1987, from the album named after the song.  It’s an interesting song because the person in the song seems to realize that things are not the way they should be, and he sings: “It takes a strong man, but I’m showing you the door.”  In fact, he sings, “I need someone to hold me, but I’ll wait for something more.”  And his statement that you’ve gotta have faith—faith in the fact that things will get better for him in the future.  Good for him, I say.  From the thoughts of the song, he probably needs to cool that relationship a little bit.  Thinking with our theme this morning, we will never feel good about a relationship that should end, and again control of those feelings is part of what maturity is.
            And we have played our way to another brief hiatus.  Our final segment will begin in just a few minutes when we will present numbers 1, 3, and 6 along with Mike & the Mechanics, Sara Bareilles and Bruno Mars.  Before we go to break, may I quote Thomas Merton, a Catholic mystic: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image.  Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”  Let me say that again.  Great insight there.  Don’t go way.  I’m Fr. Mike, and this is the “Message at the Top” music network.
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Part 10
            Hi again, everybody.  I am Fr. Mike and this is “Message at the Top” on Mix 103, your top 10 show giving you not only the current top 10 but the top 10 of the 2000’s, 90’s and even 80’s as well.  During our show, our plea to you is to enjoy the music and at the same time listen to the message of the songs so that perhaps the message can help you in your life right now.  Our theme this morning is the thought of what feelings we have and what we should do with them.  That theme came from Shawn Mendes’ latest song.
            First up on our last segment is a song of the past, quite a popular at dances.  See if you can guess it.  They were an English group who were formed in 1985 and worked until 2004, took a break, and re-formed completely in 2010 and now are still on the music scene.  Their song is one of the great songs of the late 80’s.  They sing of a person who made a mistake, and is now trying to develop some good thinking: “I never had any time,” they sing the mind of the person in the song, “And I never had any call, but I went out of my way just to hurt you, the one I shouldn’t hurt at all.  I thought I was being cool.  Yeah, I thought I was being strong, but it’s always the same old story: you never know what you’ve got till it’s gone.  If I ever catch up with you, I’m gonna love you for the rest of your life.”  That’s a pretty big “if” statement because he admits he’s going to need something special to pull it off.  What he is speaking of is some action of asking forgiveness.  His feelings, our theme today, are saying that he should really work at this forgiveness, and indeed he should.  Guessed it?  A good classic video with the song, this is Mike and Mechanics, 1986 and their song, “All I Need Is a Miracle” on MATT.
(triple)    ALL I NEED IS A MIRACLE / Mike & the Mechanics
                  KING OF ANYTHING / Sara Bareilles
                  3 SWEET BUT PYSCHO / Ava Max
 
Part 11
            That was Ms. Ava Max and her song “Sweet But Psycho”, number 3 on MATT.  It is a song about a person who wants the relationship but she should not in my humble opinion.  “She’s sweet but a psycho,” she begins her song, “at night she’s screamin’ I’m out of my mind.  She’ll make you curse, but she’s a blessing; you’ll be coming back, just can’t help it.  You’ll play along, let her lead you on.  You’ll be thinking, ‘No, no,’ then saying ‘Yes, yes. Yes’ ‘cause she’s messin’ with your head.  She’s poison but tasty. People say, ‘Run, / don’t walk away.’”  They are pretty smart people who say that in my opinion.  Her feelings are saying to her to stay, it seems, but she is going to have to change those feelings, I believe.
            Before her, we heard a song that sounds like a very happy song, but the message is a direct statement that is not very happy.  It came from Sara Bareilles, from her album “Kaleidoscope Heart” 2010, and her song, “King of Anything”.  The lady in the relationship is telling her boyfriend exactly what she thinks of his behavior, and she doesn’t think very highly of it, to say the least.  “So many things I’d say if only I were able,” she sings, “but I just keep quiet.  You got opinions, man, we’re all entitled to them, but I never asked.  So let me thank you for your time, and try to not waste any more of mine; get out of here fast.  I hate to break it to you, but I’m not drowning: there’s no one here to save.  Who cares if you disagree?  You are not me.  Who made you king of anything?  So, you dare tell me who to be?  Who died, and made you king of anything?”  And she goes on to make it perfectly clear that he hasn’t done real well in the relationship, and he has to get out of her life.  Her feelings, our theme today, are full of anger, and she must control them a little more, but at the same time leave the situation.
          Now a double play beginning with a song about the man in the relationship singing: "I don't wanna be alone tonight.  It's pretty clear I'm not over you.  Can you light the fire?  I need somebody who can take control.  Look what you made me do: I'm with somebody new, I'm dancing with a stranger." And the lady sings, "I wasn't even going out tonight, but I need to get you off of my mind. I don't wanna be alone tonight. Look what you made me do: I'm dancing with a stranger."  Both are unhappy and really want to be back together, but you don’t know whether they will or not because they are blaming each other.  Their feelings, our theme today, have taken over the situation and they have to take the time to understand that a little more.  This is Samuel Frederick Smith or Sam Smith and Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei Hamilton or Normani and their song “Dancing with a Stranger”, number 6 on MATT. 
(double)    6 DANCING WITH A STRANGER / Sam Smith f/ Normani
                      JUST THE WAY YOU ARE / Bruno Mars
 
Part 12
            Bruno Mars on MATT, and his song “Just the Way You Are” from his album “Doo Wops and Hooligans.”  It was a former number 1 song in 2011, and a high song of meaning for MATT, and a grammy award winning song.  The words are expressing the person in the song’s love to his girlfriend.  "Her eyes," he sings, "make the stars look like they’re not shining.  Her hair falls perfectly without her trying.  She’s so beautiful, and I tell her every day.  When I see your face, there’s not a thing that I would change, 'cause you’re amazing just the way you are.  I'd never ask you to change.  If perfect's what you're searching for, then just stay the same."  The person is putting his love thoughts into words, and he is saying them with strong feelings, and that makes sense, but he has to remember that feeling as he continues to pursue the relationship.
            And the return of a former number 1 song is our new number 1 song right now from the Jonas Brothers, Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas and their song “Sucker.”  It is a song of devotion to another, and what that other does to the man in the relationship.  “We go together,” they begin their song, “Better than birds of a feather, you and me.  We change the weather: I’m feeling heat in December when you’re ‘round me.  I’ve been dancing on top of cars and stumbling out of bars.  I follow you through the dark, can’t get enough.  You’re the medicine and the pain, the tattoo inside my brain.  It’s obvious, I’m a sucker for you.  Say the word and I’ll go anywhere blindly.  Any road you take you know that you’ll find me.  I’m a sucker for all the subliminal things.”  I’ve said that the word “subliminal” is an interesting word for the lyrics of a song.  In terms of our theme today, the person in the song is going to have to deal with the feelings that those subliminal things cause in her life.
            We have talked about that thought of working with feelings today.  It came from our number 9 song from Shawn Mendes, “If I Can’t Have You.”  My prayer for you and me is that every one of us will try to understand the feelings that we have, and to control them as we seek maturity.  My thanks to our producers here in the studio and of course to all of you for being here.  A special thanks to our sponsors some of whom are Hays Car and Truck Alignment, Holy Family Elementary School and Thomas More Prep-Marian Junior and Senior High School.  If you want to talk to me for any reason whatsoever, my email address is frmikescully@yahoo.com.  The address right here is KJLS-FM, Hays, KS 67601.  I invite you to look at my website www.frmikescully.com where you will find a transcript of the show and some meditations on these songs and some really good movies.  I just finished the movie “First Man”—a good one to study.  You can get us on the web every Sunday morning at www.hayspost.com and clicking on Mix 103 at 10 CDT.  One final thought before we go.  It comes from a friend of mine who probably got it from someone else, but a good one that I will give to you: “People are less likely to sink your boat if they’re in it with you.”  That is, work on being friends with people and knowing how they feel—it is a way of becoming stronger.  As we listen to the old a couple weeks ago and now new number 1 song from the Jonas Brothers and “Sucker”, may I remind you that you are listening to today’s best music Mix 103 and among other things, we suggest that you hold a good thought.  From Vienna, WV, my name is Fr. Mike Scully, peace to you and be good!
1 SUCKER / Jonas Brothers



June 16, 2019
"What Should We Spend Time On"


Part 1
            Hello Central Kansas and around the world!  Happy Father’s Day to all of our fathers in the audience; and happy Summer to all of you which begins this Friday; welcome to Mix 103’s unique top 10 show, “Message at the Top”.  I am Fr. Mike Scully.  This program at Mix 103 continues to give you only the very best in radio entertainment, / by including not only the popular songs of today and yesterday, but we also seek to find meaning within them, meaning that can inspire and challenge each of our lives.  Our motto throughout the show is to enjoy the music and listen to the message so that the message can help us live a little better.  As usual, we have music from the present and the past all warmed up on these fancy computers, and we are all set to bring them to you.  Last week the number 1 song was from the Jonas Brothers.  We’ll see if they stay there.
            The duo Twenty One Pilots is a duo made up of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, and it is Josh Dun’s birthday this Tuesday when he will be 31 years old, and so let’s devote our lead song to them this Father’s Day.  The song brings up the question of what should we spend our time on?  And that’s the question that we will ask during our show today.  They sing that the person in the song is falling, and so he is taking his time on the ride.  I interpret the ride as life, and he doesn’t seem to be doing as well as he would like.  He speaks of friendship, but the friendship is questionable because he is not sure of it at all.  Then he feels that he is thinking too much about that life.  He is confused, and so he says to someone “Help me.”  You don’t know who that someone is, but I interpret it as the girlfriend that he would like to be friends with.  Or it could be another friend that he is hoping to confide in.  Or the interpretation that I really like—and of course, you would expect this from me, a clergyperson—he is speaking to God or some Higher Power.  Whatever, on this ride he realizes that he needs some help.
            There can be many conclusions that can be drawn from the song—the whole friendship question, the need for help, the question of thinking and how important it is—but I’m interested in the refrain, namely that he is taking his time on the ride of life.  What do we spend time on?  And the way we will phrase the question during our show today, “What Should We Spend Time on?”
            It’s a great question, and we will hear answers during the show that touch on spending time with building relationships, with happiness, and with pleasure.  And our approach will be that we only have a certain amount of time on this ride of ours called “life” and we should spend it well.
            So, let’s start off our show, asking the question of each song, “What Should We Spend Time on?”  Here is the source of that question.  Twenty One Pilots from their album “Blurryface”, “Ride”, happy birthday to Josh Dun on MATT.
(double)    RIDE / Twenty One Pilots
                              STRESSED OUT / Twenty One Pilots
 
Part 2
            That was Twenty One Pilots again from Columbus, Ohio, and their song “Stressed Out” again from their album “Blurryface” from 2016 on MATT.  It is a song of a couple who are longing for the time when they were young, and not appreciating the necessary maturity of older age.  “I was told when I get older all my fears would shrink, but now I'm insecure and I care what people think.  My name's 'Blurryface' and I care what you think.  Wish we could turn back time, to the good ol' days when our momma sang us to sleep but now we're stressed out.  Out of student loans and treehouse homes, we all would take the latter.  We used to play pretend, give each other different names; we would build a rocket ship and then we'd fly it far away.  Used to dream of outer space but now they're laughing at our face, saying, ‘Wake up, you need to make money.’”  Whether the subject is love or life, dwelling on the past too much is not a way to maturity.  And in terms of our theme, spending time on the past should happen, but spending too much time can hurt us because we could neglect the present or future.
            Now, let’s go to our computers for three songs that are in our current top 10, and we will begin with number 8 and a song about someone that the lady in the song helped, but apparently he has forgotten her now that he feels better.  “Found you when your heart was broke,” Halsey sings, “I filled your cup until it overflowed, took it so far to keep you close, I was afraid to leave you on your own.  I said I’d catch you if you fall; Put you right back on your feet just so you could take advantage of me.  Tell me, how’s it feel sittin’ up there?  Feeling so high, but too far away to hold me.  I’m the one who put you up there.  I don’t know why / thinking you could live without me.”  Her love was blind she sings, and if we want to find out something that we should spend time on, our theme today, we should study if we are spending too much time letting our love “blind” us.  MATT presenting Halsey at number 8, a former number 1 and her song “Without Me” on MATT.
(triple)      8 WITHOUT ME / Halsey
                              5 ME! / Taylor Swift f/ Brendon Urie
                              2 SUCKER / Jonas Brothers
 
Part 3
            We will have a new number 1 song since that one had been a number 1 for three weeks, and now it is number 2 from the Jonas Brothers, Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas and their song “Sucker.”  It is a song of devotion to another, and what that other does to the man in the relationship.  “We go together,” they begin their song, “Better than birds of a feather, you and me.  We change the weather: I’m feeling heat in December when you’re ‘round me.  I’ve been dancing on top of cars and stumbling out of bars.  I follow you through the dark, can’t get enough.  You’re the medicine and the pain, the tattoo inside my brain.  It’s obvious, I’m a sucker for you.  Say the word and I’ll go anywhere blindly.  Any road you take you know that you’ll find me.  I’m a sucker for all the subliminal things.”  I’ve said that the word “subliminal” is an interesting word for the lyrics of a song.  In terms of our theme today, we need to spend some time on those subliminal things and see whether we may be spending too much time or not enough time on them.
            Before them, we heard number 5 and a song which is the story of two people who fall in love, and they realize that even though there are so many people they could love, neither of them will find anyone like her or him.  It came from Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie, and their song, “Me!”.  “When it comes to a lover,” she sings, “I promise that you’ll never find another like me.  I’m the only one of me.  That’s the fun of me.  You’re the only one of you.”  And he sings “That’s the fun of you.  Girl, there ain’t no ‘I’ in ‘team,’ but you know there is a ‘me.’  And you can’t spell ‘awesome’ without ‘me’.”  It seems that both of them are searching for the love they desire.  And although it seems that they have found each other, they are still searching, and that takes time, and one of the things that we should spend time on is whether we have found the one that we are searching for.
            We will continue our presentation of songs from the top 10 from today and yesterday after these messages.  Get ready for music from number 3 on our top 10, as well as music from birthday people this week—Kendrick Lamar, and Lana Del Rey. We also will hear from Katy Perry and The Chainsmokers.  May I take you to break with a thought from Bobby Layne, once upon a time NFL quarterback—I love this because it an immensely positive statement.  He had lost a game, and the media was on him calling it his fault.  His response: “I never lost a game.  I just ran out of time.”  Right on, Bobby.  Time is one of the things we need to take in the present so that our future will be better.  Your dial is set for “Message at the Top”; may I implore you to keep it there.  As MacArthur, we will return!
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Part 4
            Hi, everyone.  You are in tune with “Message at the Top,” your top 10 show that plays songs from the top 10, but also great songs of meaning from past top 10’s as well.  Welcome back to the songs that make us think—truly think.  We take the top 10 of the past 39 years, study their messages, and then call our show MATT.  Happy Father’s Day to any fathers who may be listening this morning.  Our plea to you is to enjoy the music, and listen to the message.  I’m your host, Fr. Mike.  It’s great to have you here.  We’re concentrating on a theme from a song from Twenty One Pilots and their song “Ride” calling our theme: “What Should We Spend Time on?”
            As promised let’s go to a birthday person today, Ms. Lana Del Rey whose birthday is Friday—she will be 34 years old.  “Kiss me hard before you go” she sings.  “Summertime sadness.  I just wanted you to know that you’re the best.  I got my red dress on tonight, dancing in the dark in the pale moonlight, done my hair up real big beauty-queen style, high heels off, I’m feeling alive.  I feel it in the air, telephone wires above are sizzling like a snare.  I’m on fire, I feel it everywhere, nothing scares me anymore.  I’ve got that summertime sadness.”  The lady in the relationship is going away and will not return.  The person in the song is leaving the situation probably because of a love that did not work out.  That often happens in relationships, of course, and often the only thing to help the wrongs that have happened is to leave the situation, as difficult as it may be.  In terms of our theme, we need to spend time on working on sincere relationships as we grow.  From 2013, her name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant better known as Lana Del Rey and she is a singer/songwriter from New York City from her album “Born to Die” and her song, “Summertime Sadness” on MATT.  
(double)  SUMMERTIME SADNESS / Lana Del Rey
                  GIVE IT 2 U / Robin Thick f/ Kendrich Lamar
 
Part 5
            A song featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar whose birthday is tomorrow when he will be 32 years old, that was Robin Thicke, from his album “Blurred Lines”, and their song “Give It 2 U” on MATT.  If we ignore the sexual overtones, Robin Thicke and Kendrick Lamar’s song “Give it 2 U” is all about giving.  It is a song of two people giving completely to one another, and that is why I say that it is the song of married people because for me—and I may be biased—completely giving only makes sense when the two people involved are totally committed forever, and in our society that is called marriage.  “Girl, give it to me,” they sing, “I got a gift for ya, I know you wanna get fancy, I know you wanna start dancin’.  I wanna give it to you tonight, and make everything you fantasize come true.  I’ll make you so amazing, I’ll give it to you.”  I said that if you ignore the sexual overtones, one can pay attention to the giving that they are singing about.  The problem is in our society that we do not overlook the sexual overtones, and we miss the deeper meaning.  Giving is essential to love and marriage, and it is something that we cannot dismiss as something that you just show in a physical way when we want to feel good.  And in terms of our theme, we need to spend time on giving in a love relationship.
            Our next triple begins with a song of the past that was a former number 1 from Katy Perry and Juicy J.  It was one of the number 1 songs that remained in the number 1 position for many weeks from Katy Perry’s latest album “Prism.”  MATT chose it as the number 1 song of meaning from three years ago.  It is a statement by the girl in the relationship that if the man wants a commitment from her, she will give it, but he’d better be sure of what he’s doing.  “I knew you were gonna come to me,” the lady in the relationship sings, “and here you are, but you better choose carefully ‘cause I’m capable of anything and everything.  So you wanna play with magic, boy, you should know what you’re falling for.  I’m coming at you like a dark horse.  Are you ready for a perfect storm ‘cause once you’re mine, there’s no going back.”  Her words are excellent for anyone who wants to have a sincere relationship with commitment—you don’t enter it lightly, and you’d better be ready to back up your words.  And it really is up to both of them whether the relationship will work or not, and each of them should spend time doing it, our theme today.  A song nominated for a Grammy, Ms. Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson better known as Katy Perry and Jordan Michael Houston better known as Juicy J and their song “Dark Horse” on MATT. 
(triple)      DARK HORSE / Katy Perry f/ Juicy J
                              SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS / The Chainsmokers f/ Coldplay
                              3 SWEET BUT PSYCHO / Ava Max
 
Part 6
            That was Ms. Ava Max and her song “Sweet But Psycho”, number 3 on MATT.  It is a song about a person who wants the relationship but she should not in my humble opinion.  “She’s sweet but a psycho,” she begins her song, “at night she’s screamin’ I’m out of my mind.  She’ll make you curse, but she’s a blessing; you’ll be coming back, just can’t help it.  You’ll play along, let her lead you on.  You’ll be thinking, ‘No, no,’ then saying ‘Yes, yes. Yes’ ‘cause she’s messin’ with your head.  She’s poison but tasty. People say, ‘Run, / don’t walk away.’”  They are pretty smart people who say that in my opinion.  If we want to find something to spend time on, we will have to spend it on finding which relationships are harmful and get out of them. 
            Before her, we heard from the Chainsmokers, that is Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, which they sing with the group Coldplay; their song “Something Just Like This”, another former number 1.  The lady in the relationship says, “Where d’you wanna go?  How much you wanna risk?”  And the man in the relationship sings: “I’m not looking for somebody with superhuman gifts, some superhero, some fairytale bliss, just something I can turn to, somebody I can miss.  I want something just like this.”  What he is searching for is a friend that he can trust, someone that he has a relationship with at the present time, and if he finds that she gives him that trust, he will have inner peace and in order to get it, he will have to spend some time on it, our theme today.  
            Always great stuff to think about here, and we have great stuff to go yet.  The title of MATT today is “What Should We Spend Time on?”  Twenty One Pilots gave us the idea with their song “Ride”.  Our next 60 minutes of music and message will explore that theme with great top 10 music from Cyndi Lauper and Shawn Mendes among others.  Here to lead you to break is a thought from Shelley Winters: she was correcting someone who had the courage to speak their mind and call her “a little overweight,” she said: “I’m not overweight, I’m just nine inches too short.”  The truth is always important and we must spend time on always trying to find it.  Yes, indeed.  I’m Fr. Mike for “Message at the Top”.  Don’t even think about touching that dial!
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Part 7
            We are back, as we celebrate another Sunday of June with you, in fact almost summer which begins Friday.  Happy Summer almost, everyone.  And Happy Father’s Day to the fathers in our audience.  I hope it is a good one for you.  This is “Message at the Top”.  I’m Fr. Mike, ready to lead you through the second hour of our show today, playing and speaking about all of our songs working on a theme which takes the songs’ meanings, and ties them into the thought of things that we should spend time on.  Thanks for joining us this morning.
            Mr. Benjamin Hammond Haggerty is 36 years old on Wednesday and in his honor we begin this triple with him.  His name is of course Macklemore.  Like a lot of the rap songs of our culture, a single thought doesn’t run throughout the song, and there are many avenues of meaning that can be explored.  But perhaps an excerpt can direct the meaning of the song: “We came here to live life,” he sings, “like nobody was watching.  I got my city right behind me.  If I fall, they got me.  Learn from that failure, gain humility, and then we keep marching ourselves.  Here we go back, this is the moment.  Tonight is the night, we’ll fight ‘til it’s over.  So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us.”  And he closes the song: “Let the night come, before the fight’s won.  Some might run against the test, but those that triumph, embrace the fight ‘cause the best is there to prove that courage exists.”  To me, it is a song of someone ready to face the difficulties of the world.  Every one of us must face the difficulties of life well, and it is something to spend a lot of time on, our theme today.  The number 3 song from the whole year of 2014, Ben Haggerty or Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and their song “Can’t Hold Us” from their album “The Heist” on MATT.
(triple)      CAN’T HOLD US / Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
                  IT’S NOT OVER / Daughtry
                              10 IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU / Shawn Mendes
 
Part 8
            New to our top 10 coming in at number 10 and our theme next week, that was Shawn Mendes and his latest song “If I Can’t Have You” on MATT.  It is a song of real devotion to another but it goes even further than that.  It is almost like the person in the song cannot even exist without the other, and that could prove to be a problem especially if the other does not want to show the same devotion that he shows.  I can't write one song that's not about you, Can't drink without thinking about you.  Is it too late to tell you that everything means nothing if I can't have you? Oh, I'm good at keeping my distance.  I know, that you're the feeling I'm missing.  You know that I hate to admit it, but everything means nothing if I can't have you.”  As I say, a tough situation if the feeling is not returned.  As we think of something to spend time on, our theme today, in a relationship we must spend time on making sure that true love goes both ways.
            Before him, Chris Daughtry and band from their album “Daughtry”, and their song “It’s Not Over” a song nominated for a Grammy a couple of years ago.  The song tells the story of starting over in a love situation, a very common part of the young dating scene.  In the process of that starting over, they sing a line that gives us something to think about.  The person in the song sings, “I’ll try to do it right this time around.”  Applying it to life, what does it mean?  Basically, it calls to mind that things happen in cycles—we tend to come up with situations that are basically the same over and over, and human nature being what it is, we will tend to act the same way with them.  The pattern in the song is that the man in the relationship has not done very well in the past dealings with his girlfriend, and so she leaves—“You’ve taken away everything,” he sings, “and I can’t deal with that.”  And so he does what he should, singing, “Well, I’ll try to do it right this time around.  Let’s start over.  It’s not over.  Can we make this something good?”  The something good in the video is that he offers her a material good, but it takes much more than that, and one of the things that a person should spend time on, our theme today, is to be sorry for what we have done and truly mean it.
            This next triple begins with the number 6 song on our top 10 this week and is the story in song of the man in the relationship not being real happy with the situation he is in except for the fact that his significant other is there.  “I’m at a party I don’t wanna be at.  Don’t think I want to be at this party, I always feel like I’m nobody, who wants to fit in anyway ‘cause I don’t care when I’m with my baby, all the bad things disappear.  And you’re making me feel like maybe I am somebody.  I can deal with the bad nights when I’m with my baby.”  The other is really important to this relationship, perhaps too important.  If we are looking for a way to spend our time, our theme today, as I said before, we have to make sure that the relationship is going the way we want it to.  These are superstars Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber and their song at number 6 “I Don’t Care” on MATT. 
(triple)    6 I DON’T CARE / Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber
                  TIME AFTER TIME / Cyndi Lauper
                  4 DANCING WITH A STRANGER / Sam Smith f/ Normani
 
Part 9
            MATT presenting Samuel Frederick Smith or Sam Smith and Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei Hamilton or Normani and their song “Dancing with a Stranger”, number 4 in our top 10.  It is the story in which the man in the relationship sings: "I don't wanna be alone tonight.  It's pretty clear I'm not over you.  Can you light the fire.  I need somebody who can take control.  Look what you made me do: I'm with somebody new, I'm dancing with a stranger." And the lady sings, "I wasn't even going out tonight, but I need to get you off of my mind. I don't wanna be alone tonight. Look what you made me do: I'm dancing with a stranger."  Both are unhappy and really want to be back together, but you don’t know whether they will or not because they are blaming each other.  Fitting into our theme this week, both are into blaming each other and it will only result in unhappiness.  This is a great lesson to learn for life: we cannot spend precious time blaming others for the problems because often we should be blaming ourselves. 
            Before them, we went back to the year 1984 as we celebrate Cyndi Lauper’s birthday on Saturday—she will be 66 years old—and her song, “Time After Time”.  She sings: “If you’re lost, you can look and you will find me, time after time.  If you fall, I will catch you, I’ll be waiting time after time.”  It is a love song, of course, sung to someone who is no longer present to her for some reason, although it seems that the lady in the song is the problem since her “drum beats out of time” as she sings.  But “being lost” is an interesting thought.  There are many people who seem to be lost in today’s world, and one of the ways to find ourselves is to spend some serious time trying to get ourselves found by accepting the things that could help us like some leadership principles or some of the teachings of great moral leaders.
            Our theme this almost Summer morning has come from Twenty One Pilots and their song “Ride”, that theme being “What Should We Spend Time on.”  We’ll see how the songs of our final segment fit into that theme, as we have music lined up for you from numbers 9, 7 and 1 and music also from birthday people Jason Mraz and Paula Abdul, and music also from Christina Perri.  Taking us to a little break, here is a statement from Mr. Winston Churchill: “I am ready to meet my maker, but whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”  You bet—it would have been interesting to hear the conversation between Churchill and his maker.  Did he spend some time thinking about that?  Do we spend time thinking about that?  Good question.  You’ve got Mix 103 on your radio dial right now.  Please keep it there—we’ll be right back.
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Part 10
            Every song has a message, and much of the time that message can help us live a little better.  Such is our belief on this show which we call MATT.  Happy almost first day of Summer to all of you, and happy Father’s Day to our fathers out there.  We welcome you back to the only show that gives you the music and meaning of the top 10 rock songs of today and yesterday.  My name is Fr. Mike, and we are studying the songs of our show today in light of Twenty One Pilots’ song “Ride” and the theme is “What Should We Spend Time on?” 
            Jason Mraz will be 42 next Sunday, so happy birthday to him a week in advance.  His song that we feature here is a very high song of meaning because of its statement about commitment, especially the commitment of marriage—something so necessary in our world today.  “I won’t give up on us,” he sings, “even if the skies get rough.  I’m giving you all my love, I’m still looking up.  And when you’re needing your space to do some navigating, I’ll be here patiently waiting to see what you find.  And in the end, you’re still my friend; at least we did intend for us to work.  We didn’t break, we didn’t burn.  We had to learn how to bend without the world caving in.  I had to learn what I’ve got, and what I’m not, and who I am.”  Great words describing what it means to live a commitment.  On my website, with the meditation on the song, I use this theme: “If a person makes a permanent commitment, it must be a permanent commitment.”  And tying it into our theme today, people who make the commitment to marriage must take the time to honestly work at it.  MATT presenting here Mr. Jason Mraz from his album “Love is a Four Letter Word”, the number 4 song of meaning of 2012 according to us, “I Won’t Give Up” on MATT.
(triple)    I WON’T GIVE UP / Jason Mraz
                  JAR OF HEARTS / Christina Perri
                  9 HIGH HOPES / Panic! At the Disco
 
Part 11
            One of the really good songs of our day, still in our top 10 after a number of weeks, and a number of weeks at the number 1 position, Panic! At the Disco there with leader Brendon Urie and their song “High Hopes” still at number 9 on MATT.  Excellent advice given here.  “Had to have high hopes for living,” they sing, “shooting for the stars when I couldn’t make a killing.  Didn’t have a dime but I always had a vision, always had high hopes.  Mama said, fulfill the prophecy, be something greater, go make a legacy, rewrite your history, light up your wildest dreams.”  Smart Mama, who knows an awful lot about a lot of things it seems, and today about what her son should spend time on, our theme today. 
            Before them, MATT presented Christina Judith Perri from her album “The Ocean Way Sessions,” and her 2011 song “Jar of Hearts”.  She is a singer songwriter from Philadelphia and her song is a beautiful one—not only a great voice, but great music as well.  Its message is very simple: you hurt me in the past, and now you want me back, and there’s no way it’s going to happen—exactly what the person in the song should say in my opinion.  “I know I can’t take one more step toward you,” the woman in the relationship begins the song, “’cause all that’s waiting is regret.  You lost the love I love the most.  I learned to live half alive, and now you want me one more time.  Who do you think you are?  Runnin’ ‘round leaving scars, collecting a jar of hearts, tearing love apart.  You’re gonna catch a cold from the ice inside your soul.  Who do you think you are?”  Strong bitter words, but they should be said.  In terms of our theme, she should spend time on working on another relationship, or if she wants to give this guy another chance, it should be a long time before any commitment is made.
            Now we celebrate Paula Abdul’s birthday on Wednesday—57 years old.  One of the major blocks to communication is the lack of common interests.  Anyone who is dating realizes that, but given that knowledge, showing once again that love does not follow the rules of logic, one of the phenomena of love relationships in countries where we choose our mates, is that we often choose a partner who has very little in common with us.  Or, as Paula Abdul sings there, “Opposites attract.”  They sing about all kinds of opposites, but even given them, they do hit it off well.  But there can be a problem.  In the very clever video of the song, Paula Abdul and her cartoon feline friend are playfully choking each other, as they sing “We have nothing but fun”.  Something worth pointing out: opposites may attract initially, but in the long run, the couple must spend some serious time working on just what those opposites will do to the relationship. This is birthday person on Wednesday from 1989 and Paula Abdul’s album “Forever Your Girl,” “Opposites Attract”, a grammy award winning song starring Paula Abdul and the Wild Pair on MATT.
(double)    OPPOSITES ATTRACT / Paula Abdul f/ the Wild Pair
                      7 EASTSIDE / Benny Blanco f/ Halsey and Khalid
 
Part 12
            That was former number 1, now at number 7, Benjamin Joseph Levin or better known as Benny Blanco as the producer of the song from his debut album with Ashley Nicolette Frangipane better known as Halsey and Khalid Donnel Robinson better known as Khalid and their song “Eastside” on MATT.  It is the story in song of a young couple who grew up liking each other, meeting each other on the Eastside of the town they are talking about.  Seventeen, they sing, “and we got a dream to have a family, a house and everything in between. And then, suddenly we turned twenty-three. Now we got pressure for taking our life more seriously. We got our dead-end jobs and got bills to pay, have old friends and know our enemies. Now I'm thinking back to when I was young, back to the day when I was falling in love.  Run away now.”  So, I look at it as a song of growing up in love, and then deciding to pursue that love, but as I have said before with the song, there is question as to how well they are prepared, I think.  In terms of our theme, they will have to spend some serious time making sure they are ready to be together forever.
            And the new number one song is from Alecia Beth Moore Hart, better known as Pink and her song “Walk Me Home” and a story about a lady in the relationship who is talking of a love relationship that she sees as the “only thing that’s good” as she sings.  But she’s also talking about the problems of the world it seems.  Her refrain is: “Walk me home in the dead of night.  I can’t be alone with all that’s on my mind.  So say you’ll stay with me tonight ‘cause there is so much wrong going on outside.”  So, the solution for her mind to her situation is her significant other; and she needs that person to overcome her loneliness and her despair about what’s happening in the world.  And the tie into our theme is pretty easy.  She must spend time on allowing her significant other to help with her depression and despair. 
            Our theme today has been that thought of what should we spend time on.  The thought came from birthday person Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph, that is Twenty-One Pilots and their song “Ride.”  My prayer for you and me is that every one of us will be able to do everything we do for the right reason and spend time trying to find that out.  My thanks to the producers of “Message at the Top,” to the staff here at Mix 103, and to our sponsors, some of whom include my friends at Hays Car and Truck Alignment, at TMP-Marian Junior and Senior High School in Hays, and at Holy Family Elementary School in Hays.  If you have any suggestions for me, or if you want to comment on anything I have said, feel free to write me here at KJLS-FM, Hays, KS 67601 or e-mail me at frmikescully@yahoo.com.  My website is www.frmikescully.com where you will find a transcript of the show and some great meditations on these songs and some good movies.  Happy Father’s Day and Happy Summer to all of you.  Remember that you can join us on the web by choosing www.hayspost.com every Sunday morning at 10 Central Daylight Time and clicking on Mix 103.  A thought to lead us out comes from my favorite author, Mr. Mark Twain: “The reason we hold truth in such respect is because we have so little opportunity to get familiar with it.”  Whoa, cynical as always, but a truth—pun intended—that we should spend time acquiring.  The new number 1 song in our land is from Pink and her song “Walk Me Home”.  And, here it comes, as I remind you that you are listening to today’s best music Mix 103 and as usual, we remind you to hold a good thought.  My name is Fr. Mike Scully.  Peace to you, and be good.
1 WALK ME HOME / Pink