June 13, 2021

"The Games We Play"

Part 1
            Good morning Central Kansas and around the world!  Happy Summer to all of you which begins next Sunday, but I always like to anticipate it; 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 Dua Lipa.  We’ll see if she stays there.
            One of the books that shaped my early counseling years was a book by Eric Berne called “Games People Play.”  In the introduction of the book that was re-released in 2011, Dr. James Allen says this: “In Games People Play, Berne describes a game as a patterned and predictable series of transactions which are superficially plausible but actually conceal motivations and lead to a well-defined predictable outcome.  They are habitual dysfunctional methods of obtaining strokes and the people involved are not fully aware of the two levels of transactions in which they are engaged.  Berne absolutely did not mean that a person is consciously manipulating or deliberately confusing others, as implied in today’s common colloquial saying, “He’s playing mind games.”
            A little heady, and so more down to earth are the words of Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak in their song, “Say, what you doing,” they sing, “Where you at.  Oh, you got plans—don’t say that.  My house clean, my pool warm.  We should be dancin’, romancin’ in the east wing and the west wing of this mansion.  I ain’t playin’ no games, every word I say coming straight from the heart.  So if you’re tryna lay in these arms, I’ma leave the door open.” 
            The man in the relationship makes it clear that he is not playing games, and the words he uses come straight from the heart.  In fact, in today’s world that is a pretty good definition of not playing games—using words and thoughts that come straight from the heart.
            The songs of our show are able to give us a further insight, I believe, and so let’s entitle our show today “The Games We Play,” and starting us off we have the superduo Silk Sonic, that is Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak, and friends and their song “Leave the Door Open,” number 8 on MATT.  
(double)     8 LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN / Bruno Mars (Silk Sonic)
                  24K MAGIC / Bruno Mars
 
Part 2
            Closing off a double play from him, Mr. Bruno Mars, and the 2018 Grammy Record of the Year from his album, the 2018 Grammy Album of the Year “24K Magic” on MATT. It is a party dance song and the words seem to suggest having a great time at a party which involves money and wearing the finest clothes—Cuban links, designer minks, Inglewood shoes.  The man in the song calls himself a dangerous man with some money in his pocket and pretty girls all around him.  “It’s 24K Magic,” he says.  It is the thought of having fun dancing.  In terms of our theme which he gave to us, dancing can be a form of playing games if the couple are not talking the way they should.
            Next, let’s go to a double play that begins with a song of total infatuation with a boyfriend.  “Something must’ve gone wrong in my brain,” she sings, “Got your chemical all in my veins, feeling all the highs, feeling all the pain.  Now I’m seeing red, not thinking straight, blurring all the lines, you intoxicate me, just like nicotine, heroin, morphine.  Suddenly, I’m a fiend and you’re all I need.  Just one hit of you.  I’ll never be the same.”  The lady in the relationship is overwhelmed with her feeling of the man, and therefore very strong emotions.  It sounds as though she will have to put those strong emotions aside and see whether she really loves the guy or not.  Because strong emotions can make us play some unhealthy games, our theme today.  MATT presenting Camila Cabello, and her song “Never Be the Same,” from her album “Camila” from 2017 on MATT.
(triple)      NEVER BE THE SAME / Camila Cabello
                   GIVE IT 2 U / Robin Thicke f/ Kendrick Lamar
                               5 WITHOUT YOU / The Kid Laroi
 
Part 3
            Still in the top 5, Australian singer Charlton Kenneth Jeffrey Howard, or the Kid Laroi and his song, “Without You” at number 5 on MATT.  “You cut out a piece of me, and now I bleed internally, left here without you.  And it hurts for me to think about what life could possibly be like without you.  I can’t believe that you wouldn’t believe me.  The heck with all of your reasons, I lost my cool, you know I didn’t mean it.  Now I see it, you run and repeat.  And I can’t take it back, so in the past is where we’ll leave it.  So there you go, I’ll never find the words to say I’m sorry, but I’m scared to be alone.”  I cleaned up some of the words.  What it says is that he has a serious problem.  He lost his cool but really didn’t mean it, she took what he said, ran with it, and now he doesn’t want to say he’s sorry, and he doesn’t want to be alone.  And such a person is therefore playing games with love since he will not do what he should do, our theme being “The Games We Play.”
            Before him, we went back to 2013 and wished happy birthday to Kendrick Lamar Duckworth better known simply as Kendrick Lamar.  He will be 34 on Thursday.  The song was Robin Thicke’s song in which Kendrick Lamar joined him, “Give It 2 U” from Robin Thicke’s best selling album “Blurred Lines.”  If we ignore the sexual overtones, their song 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, too many people play games with physical love, and ruin relationships.
            We will continue our presentation of songs from the top 10 from today and yesterday after these messages.  Get ready for music from numbers 8 and 10 on our top 10, as well as music from a birthday person this week—Ms. Paula Abdul. We also will hear from the Katy Perry and Gwen Stefani.  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!
COMMERCIAL BREAK
 
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 41 years, study their messages, and then call our show MATT.  Happy almost Summer to all of you.  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 Bruno Mars and his song “Leave the Door Open,” and that theme: “The Games We Play.”
            Let’s begin this half-hour with a great song from Katy Perry.  In fact, I call it the number one song of meaning between the years 2002 to 2012 which is high praise for the song, I believe.  I place it super high because I look at it as the theme song of how to live in this world.  She is singing about the potential of the human being.  She sings: “Do you ever feel like a plastic bag drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?  Do you know that there’s still a chance for you, ‘cause there’s a spark in you.  You just gotta ignite the light, let it shine, just own the night like the 4th of July, ‘cause you’re a firework: come on, show ‘em what you’re worth.  You’re original, cannot be replaced.  It’s always been inside of you, and now it’s time to let it through.”  There are lots of games that we play in life, our theme today, but if everyone is trying to bring out their potential, our world would be spared so many problems.  Great song.  It is from her album “Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection”, the song “Firework”, Katy Perry, number 1 in 2011 on MATT.
(double)    FIREWORK / Katy Perry
                               9 WAY LESS SAD / AJR
 
Part 5
            It was our theme last week when we spoke about the things that can make us way less sad.  It is their latest album “OK Orchestra” and it addresses the virus and our recovery from it, from Adam, Jack and Ryan Met, that is, AJR, “Way Less Sad” at number 9 on MATT.  They said of it that "So much of last year felt apocalyptic and this year we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Things aren't back to normal yet but we should be celebrating the small wins, even if they seem trivial."  “I don’t want to hurt no more,” they sing, “so I set my bar real low.  I’m A-okay—you say it but you just don’t mean it.  You’re so insane.  Shut up and enjoy this feeling.  Don’t you love it.  No, I ain’t happy yet, but I’m way less sad.”  Sounds a little negative, but looking at it from what we have been through in the world, it probably describes it pretty well.  There is still some game playing with setting the bar too low, but the song is hopeful, as we move toward some kind of recovery.
            Let’s go to a 10+ category song from 2005.  MATT placed the song high in meaning because Gwen Stefani presents the perfect picture of what should happen in life as we work with past love relationships.  I have mentioned several times that it is generally known that we will not marry the first people that we fall in love with.  Granted there are a few exceptions, but for the most part, the fact means that we will have a temporary falling out with people that we like a whole lot at some time in our lives—either they will leave us, or we will leave them.  How ever we say it, it spells / breakup.  Many times that breakup is hostile and angry, and leaves people out of sorts for a long time.  Well, Gwen Stefani sings about a good life after the breakup.  She begins by talking about the once-upon-a-time relationship and says that it is hard to remember what it was like now that she has found the true love of her life.  She sings, “After all the obstacles, it’s good to see you now with someone else, and it’s such a miracle that you and me are still good friends.  After all that we’ve been through,” she sings, “I know we’re cool.”  It is a great attitude and she is singing a fact I believe.  There are a number of games that people play, our theme today, when they break-up.  But a happy ending will not employ any games, and will come about only with some good communication.  Interestingly enough, we have another song with exactly the same message coming up.  This is a song named “Cool”, and in true teenage language, it indeed is “cool”—from her album “Love, Angel, Music, Baby”, Gwen Stefani on MATT.
(triple)     COOL / Gwen Stefani
                               OPPOSITES ATTRACT/ Paula Abdul f/ Wild Pair
                               10 KISS ME MORE / Doja Cat f/ SZA
 
Part 6
            New to the top 10, coming in at number 10 from Armala Ratna Zandile Dlamini or better known as Doja Cat along with Solana Imani Rowe better known as SZA and their song from Doja Cat’s upcoming album “Planet Her” and their song “Kiss Me More” on MATT.  It is a rather straightforward song asking the boyfriend of the relationship for more physical love.  “We hug and yes, we make love, and always say “Goodnight” and we cuddle, sure I do love it, but I need your lips on mine.  Can you kiss me more?  We’re so young, boy.  We ain’t got nothin’ to lose.  It’s just principle.  Hold me ‘cause I like the way you groove.”  And the rest of the song is pretty explicitly sensual, and too much for my taste.  But be that as it may, together with our theme, it seems that the couple is playing the games of love without really meaning them.  We’ll make it our theme next week, and that ought to be interesting.
            Before them, we celebrated Paula Abdul’s birthday which occurs this year on this coming Saturday--59 years old.  The song was from 1989 and Paula Abdul’s album “Forever Your Girl,” “Opposites Attract”, a grammy award winning song starring Paula Abdul and the Wild Pair.  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 sang 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 because they will often play some games in their relationship.
            Always great stuff to think about here, and we have great stuff to go yet.  The title of MATT today is “The Games We Play.”  Bruno Mars and Silk Sonic gave us the idea with their song “Leave the Door Open”.  Our next 60 minutes of music and message will explore that theme with great top 10 music from The Weeknd, Tate McRae an Justin Bieber.  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 without playing games.  Yes, indeed.  I’m Fr. Mike for “Message at the Top”.  Don’t even think about touching that dial!
COMMERCIAL BREAK
 
Part 7
            We are back, as we celebrate another Sunday of June with you, in fact almost summer which begins next Sunday.  Happy Summer almost, everyone.  I hope today 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 how we play games.  Thanks for joining us this morning.
            Let’s kick off this second hour of our show with the story of a lady by the name of Dani.  She had an interesting life. The refrain is “California rest in peace, simultaneous release, California show your teeth.  She’s my priestess, I’m your priest.”  They began the song with the beginning of her life: “Getting’ born in the state of Mississippi, poppa was a copper and momma was a hippy,” and by the end of the song, she has led a rough life, and finally died at the hands of a North Dakota man.  It is a statement about the life of someone who didn’t live as she should have.  We need to consider carefully what we are doing with our lives so that our ending will be one that we want, and if we are spending our time in a relationship, both the person who spends the time and the other party must have a pretty good idea of their lives in order to stay together.  In terms of our theme, they can’t play games with life.  The song is from Red Hot Chili Peppers from the songs of meaning of 2006 and their album “Stadium Arcadian”, and “Dani California” on MATT.
(triple)       DANI CALIFORNIA / Red Hot Chili Peppers
                   HERE I GO AGAIN / Whitesnake
                               4 SAVE YOUR TEARS / The Weeknd
 
Part 8
            That was Abel Makkonen Tesfaye better known as The Weeknd from his album “After Hours”, and his song at number 4 this week, former number 1, “Save Your Tears” on MATT.  It is a song about a breakup, a common topic for these songs.  It is about a breakup that happened and he would like the relationship back.  “I saw you dancing in a crowded room,” he begins, “You look so happy when I’m not with you.  But then you saw me, caught you by surprise, a single teardrop falling from your eye.  I don’t know why I run away, I’ll make you cry when I run away.  Take me back ‘cause I wanna stay.  Save your tears for another day.  So, I made you think that I would always stay, I said some things that I should never say.  Yeah, I broke your heart like someone did to mine, and now you won’t love me for a second time.”  They are both playing games in the song, our theme today and the problem with that is that they will never re-make the love they once had.
            Before him, we went back to the 80’s, and a song from the group Whitesnake who are still on the music scene with a bunch of changes of personnel from the year 1987, and their song “Here I Go Again” from their album named after them.  “Here I go again,” they sing, “on my own, going down the only road I’ve ever known.  Like a drifter I was born to walk alone.  And I’ve made up my mind: I ain’t wasting no more time.”  Not great English, but a good thought.  The person in the song needs help: “just another heart in need of rescue,” they sing, and he is going out to find it: “I’ve made up my mind,” they sing, and you’re led to believe that the person in the song is determined to get the job done.  I like that attitude because it will be a major contributor to overcoming the disappointments in life, and usually will prevent the person from playing games with life, our theme today.
            Yet another triple right now as we keep the music and message coming and coming.  It comes specifically right now from Tate McRae.  It is another song about a breakup that has occurred and the lady is getting over it.  She sings: “You broke me first, maybe you don’t like talking too much about yourself, but you shoulda told me that you were thinking ‘bout someone else.  Your phone’s been off for a couple months, so you’re calling me now.  I know you, you’re like this, when things don’t go your way you needed me to fix it and like me, I did, but I ran out of every reason.  Now suddenly, you’re asking for it back.  But I don’t really care how bad it hurts.  When you broke me first, you broke me first.  Where’d you get the nerve.”  Now, she says, it’s all over.  In terms of our theme this week, there doesn’t seem to be any games being played, our theme today, and that’s good—maybe the relationship will get better because of that.  This is singer/songwriter/dancer Tate McRae, a 17 year old performer, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and her song at number 6, “You Broke Me First” on MATT. 
(triple)       6 YOU BROKE ME FIRST / Tate McRae
                               HOLD ON / Wilson Phillips
                               2 PEACHES / Justin Bieber f/ Daniel Caesar & MO
 
Part 9
            Moving up to number 2 in the top 10, Justin Bieber and here singing with Ashton Dumar Norwill Simmons better known as Daniel Caesar and Giveon Dezmann Evans better known as Giveon, and their song “Peaches” on MATT.  They sing about the very best of the situation that the man in the relationship is in.  And in his mind, this comes from the very best peaches that we produce which comes from Georgia, going to the source to bring about the best, although he may simply be referring to a place where he spent some time.  But he is speaking about a girlfriend, and it is an interesting concept.  “I get my light from the source,” they sing, “I want to wrap my arms around you and never let you go.  There’s nothing like your touch and I’ll be right here with you until the end.”  The man in this relationship knows that he has the very best, but the problem with the situation is that he doesn’t know how his girlfriend feels.  They sing “You ain’t sure yet, but I’m for you.”  In terms of our theme this week, if that really is the case, there is some game playing going on, our theme today, and the relationship will continue to suffer.
            Before them, we heard the number 1 song of meaning from 1990 from a group called Wilson Phillips and their extremely popular song at that time “Hold On”.  The group itself was interesting since it was made up of three young women who were daughters of famous singers.  “I know this pain,” they sing, “no one can change your life except for you.  Don’t you know things can change.  Things will go your way.  You’ve got no one to blame for your unhappiness.  You got yourself into your own mess.  Just open your heart and mind.  Hold on for one more day ‘cause it’s gonna go your way.  Hold on.”  What great positive words!  They don’t say what you hold on to, and we have to hold on to something or someone.  Hold on to a belief in yourself, or hold on to a value system that brings about peace and love and harmony, hold on to something that gives direction to your life.  Do that and our lives will really take shape.  And one of the reasons it will / will be the fact that such a person will not play games with life, our theme today.
            Our theme this almost Summer morning has come from Bruno Mars and Silk Sonic and his song “Leave The Door Open” and the theme “Playing Games with Life.”  We’ll see how the songs of our final segment fit into that theme, as we have music lined up for you from numbers 3, 7 and 1 and music also from birthday person Macklemore, Twenty One Pilots and Josh Dun’s birthday, and Pink.  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.
COMMERCIAL BREAK
 
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.  We welcome you back to the only show that gives you the music and meaning of the top 10 pop songs of today and yesterday.  My name is Fr. Mike, and we are studying the songs of our show today in light of Bruno Mars and Silk Sonic’s song “Leave the Door Open” and the theme we are using is “The Games We Play.”
            Yet another triple play is all set up on these fancy computers and it begins with Alicia Beth Moore better known as Pink.  The lady in the relationship 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 him; and she needs him to overcome her loneliness and her despair about what’s happening in the world.  My way of looking at it.  And the tie into our theme of “The Games We Play” is that we should have someone that we can really depend on to help us see the games we are playing and what to do about them.  Her song at number 9 of all the songs of meaning from last year “Walk Me Home” from her album “Hurts 2B Human” on MATT.
(triple)       WALK ME HOME / Pink
                   GOOD OLD DAYS / Macklemore f Ke$ha
                               3 BEAUTIFUL MISTAKES /Maroon 5 f/ Meghan Thee Stallion
 
Part 11
            Maroon 5 there, along with Megan Jovon Ruth Pete better known as Megan Thee Stallion and their song “Beautiful Mistakes” moving up to number 3 on MATT.  It is a story in song of living in the past and remembering a relationship that the man wants back again.  “It’s beautiful, it’s bittersweet.  You’re like a broken home to me,” the man in the relationship sings, “I take a shot of memories and black out like an empty street.  I fill my days with the way you walk, and fill my nights with broken dreams.  I make up lies inside my head like one day you’ll come back to me.  Now I’m not holding on.  I’m just depressed that you’re gone.  Beautiful mistakes, I wouldn’t take them back.  I’m in love with the past.”  And that thought is nothing more than playing games, our theme today, because that past will never come back, and he’s only dreaming it will.
          Before them, we heard from Benjamin Hammond Haggerty better known as Macklemore, wishing happy birthday to him.  He will be 38 on Saturday and his song that he sang with Ke$ha, “Good Old Days” from 2018.  It is an excellent song about the magic of the good old days, basically saying we have to live in the present and realize that what we did in the past is affecting what we do today.  “I wish somebody would have told me,” Ke$ha begins the song, “someday, there will be the good old days, all the love you won’t forget and all these reckless nights you won’t regret—someday soon, your whole life’s gonna change.” In the rap part of the song, Macklemore says, “Now look at where we are, still growing up. Now that I’m here, wishing for those good old days.” Some great philosophy in the song, telling us that remembering the past is good, but we will always be able to remember the past—what we must do now is live well.  “Been scared of the future, thinking about the past while missing out on now,” they sing.  Thinking of it with our theme, if we learn to look back at the past, and not play the game of living in the past, but live in the now, we will see what we should have done.  Great song and a great song to study. Go on You-tube and get the words.
            Our final double play begins with a birthday wish to Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots who will be 33 on Friday.  The song talks of life—that is, trying to live it as best we can, but life is difficult at times.  The person in the song is enjoying the ride, taking his/her time living, but it often feels like he/she is falling, that is without direction.  During the life, the person thinks about what it means to be a friend of someone, whether he/she would die for the other or not.  Then it seems the person in the song feels like he/she is thinking too much, saying “Help me” either to a friend or perhaps even to God.  It is a very interesting song, and one that you can spend a lot of time analyzing along with the video.  In terms of our theme, the person is trying to face reality, but he is in pain and he/she finds himself / herself looking for help, probably playing games in his thinking, our theme todqy.  This is from their album “Blurryface”, Twenty One Pilots, and their song “Ride” from the year 2015 on MATT. 
(double)    RIDE / Twenty One Pilots
                               7 WE’RE GOOD/ Dua Lipa
 
Part 12
            That was a 10+ category song, Ms. Dua Lipa this one from her latest album “Future Nostalgia: The Moonlight Edition” and her song “We’re Good” at number 7 on MATT.  It had the same message as Gwen Stefani’s song “Cool” which we heard earlier, also a 10+ category song.  “I’m on an island,” she sings, “even when you’re close, can’t take the silence.  I’d rather be alone.  I think it’s pretty plain and simple.  We gave it all we could.  It’s time I wave goodbye from the window.  Let’s end this like we should and say we’re good.  So let’s at least agree to go our separate ways.  Not gonna judge you when you’re with somebody else, as long as you swear you won’t be pissed when I do it myself.  Let’s end it like we should and say we’re good.”  In terms of our theme this week, she is in no way playing games with love and life, and therefore doing exactly what she should be doing.
            And the 1 song for two weeks in a row is from Dua Lipa again, and her song “Levitating”, here singing along with Jonathan Lyndale Kirk better known as rapper DaBaby and their song of strong emotions also from Dua Lipa’s album “Future Nostalgia”.  It is a song about strong feelings for another, in fact, feeling like she is floating or levitating in his presence.  “If you wanna run away with me,” she sings, “I know a galaxy and I can take you for a ride.  I had a premonition that we fell into a rhythm where the music don’t stop for life, glitter in the sky, glitter in my eyes, shining just the way I like.  If you’re feeling like you need a little bit of company, you met me at the perfect time.  You want me, I want you, I’m levitating.”  Strong emotions can lead to questionable actions, and too often lead people to play games with love and life, our theme today.  We’ve said that a couple times today.
            Our theme today has been that thought of the games we play with life and love.  The thought came from Mr. Bruno Mars singing with Silk Sonic and their song “Leave the Door Open.”  My prayer for you and me is that every one of us will be secure enough with our actions that we never have to play games with life or love.  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.  Today’s meditation is on Lana Del Rey’s song “Summertime Sadness.”  Happy Summer almost 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 number 1 song in our land is from Dua Lipa 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 among the other things that we have said to hold a good thought.  My name is Fr. Mike Scully.  Be Safe.  Peace to you, and be good.
1 LEVITATING / Dua Lipa

June 6, 2021

"What Can Make Us 'Way Less Sad'?"

Part 1
            Hello, Central Kansas and around the world!  Welcome to Mix 103’s unique top 10 show, “Message at the Top”.  I am Fr. Mike Scully, speaking to you through the technology of Mix 103 in Hays, KS and actually speaking from the privacy of my room in Lawrence, KS.  Ah, the beauties of modern technology!  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.
            We all have gone through quite a year.  My own reflection that I have made as a pastor dealt with what God was saying to us as we witnessed the virus.  In my opinion, it was simply “Wake Up.” 
            Wake up to what?  I am saying that we as a world must wake up to something really important.  I feel that we are not behaving as if God or however we perceive the Higher Power were really at the center of our lives.  We must see that our Higher Power and pursuit of that in our lives is “essential” to us.
            And so God has allowed a reminder, a virus, if you will, to say to the people of earth: pay attention to your core of good, what is there in every one of us, and do not forget it.
            Well, the group AJR has a song on their latest album “OK Orchestra” that addresses the virus and our recovery from it.  They said of it that "So much of last year felt apocalyptic and this year we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Things aren't back to normal yet but we should be celebrating the small wins, even if they seem trivial."  “I don’t want to hurt no more,” they sing, “so I set my bar real low.  I’m A-okay—you say it but you just don’t mean it.  You’re so insane.  Shut up and enjoy this feeling.  Don’t you love it.  No, I ain’t happy yet, but I’m way less sad.”  Sounds a little negative, but looking at it from what we have been through in the world, it probably describes it pretty well. 
            So let’s let the song inspire our show today, and ask the question of each song, “What can make us ‘way less sad’, the name of their song.  Here it is, hovering around the top 10 in our country, from Adam, Jack and Ryan Met, that is, AJR, “Way Less Sad” on MATT.
(double)     WAY LESS SAD / AJR
                   BANG / AJR
 
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            Their first song from their album “OK Orchestra,” and their first entrance into the top 10, AJR, and “Bang!” on MATT.  According to them, "We wrote 'BANG!' about the weird middle ground between being a kid and becoming an adult; a time when we're doing all the things adults are supposed to do, but we don't yet feel grown up.  The fact is, adulthood is bound to hit us at some point, so the plan we made in the song is to 'go out with a bang.'"  So, a song about the age just before adulthood.  I get up, I get down and I'm jumpin' around” they sing.  “And the rumpus and ruckus are comfortable now.  Been a hell of a ride but I'm thinkin' it's time to grow (bang! bang! bang!)  So I got an apartment across from the park, put quinoa in my fridge, still I'm not feelin' grown.  Been a hell of a ride but I'm thinkin' it's time to go (bang! bang! bang!) (here we go)”.  Using the theme that they gave us from their latest song, one of the things that can make us “way less sad” is to recognize the importance of maturity as we grow.
            Going to our first triple today, we go to a song about a breakup, a common topic for these songs.  It is about a breakup that happened and he would like the relationship back.  “I saw you dancing in a crowded room,” he begins, “You look so happy when I’m not with you.  But then you saw me, caught you by surprise, a single teardrop falling from your eye.  I don’t know why I run away, I’ll make you cry when I run away.  Take me back ‘cause I wanna stay.  Save your tears for another day.  So, I made you think that I would always stay, I said some things that I should never say.  Yeah, I broke your heart like someone did to mine, and now you won’t love me for a second time.”  What can make us “way less sad,” our theme today would be to never experience a breakup, but that probably will not happen very often with relationships, and so what will make us less sad is to realize that a breakup does not mean the end of our world.  We have a new number 1 song because after spending five weeks in that position, this is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye better known as The Weeknd from his album “After Hours”, and his song at number 2 this week, “Save Your Tears” on MATT.
(triple)      2 SAVE YOUR TEARS / The Weeknd
                   BAD BLOOD / Taylor Swift f/ Kendrick Lamar
                               THAT’S WHAT I LIKE / Bruno Mars
 
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            That was Peter Gene Hernandez better known as Bruno Mars, and we’ll hear from him again, this one from the songs of meaning of 2017, from his album “24K Magic,” “That’s What I Like” on MATT.  He is singing that he wants his girlfriend to come and be with him wherever he is, and they can enjoy their time together.  “Jump in the Cadillac,” he sings, “Anything you want just to put a smile on it.  You deserve it, baby and I’m gonna give it to you.  Gold jewelry shining so bright, strawberry champagne on ice, lucky for you, that’s what I like.”  And he likes a bunch of other stuff that they can do together as well.  What can make us “way less sad” our theme today, as you celebrate a relationship is to like the same stuff that your partner likes.
            Before him, we heard from Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar and their song “Bad Blood” from 2015.  We’ll hear from Taylor Swift again also.  They sing, “‘Cause, now we got bad blood.  You know it used to be mad love.  So take a look what you've done.  Hey, now we got problems, and I don't think we can solve them.  You made a really deep cut, and, baby, now we got bad blood.  Did you have to do this?  I was thinking that you could be trusted.  Did you have to ruin what was shiny?  Now it's all rusted.  Did you have to hit me where I'm weak?  I couldn't breathe.  And rub it in so deep, salt in the wound like you're laughing right at me.  Oh, it's so sad to think about the good times, you and I, 'cause, baby, now we got bad blood.”  They don’t sing the result of the bad blood, but it could be disastrous.  What would make her “way less sad”, our theme today, is that the lady in the relationship would simply learn the lesson and move on.
            We have taken the theme of what can make us “way less sad” on our show today, that theme coming from AJR.  We will continue to pursue that theme in a couple of minutes with people like Iggy Azalea and Bruno Mars again.  Here is a thought from one of my favorite quote people, Mr. Albert Einstein, “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”  Yes, indeed.  I’m Fr. Mike, this show is “Message at the Top” and your dial is set at Mix 103.  We’ll be right back.
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Part 4
            We are back for “Message at the Top” and we welcome you back on this first Sunday of June to the top 10 songs of today and yesterday as determined by our research and your requests.  We call our show MATT because we take those top 10 songs and analyze their meanings in the light of how we can live better in this complicated world.  I am Fr. Mike, your host for the top 10 show of the best mix of music, Mix 103, and we are pursuing the thought of what can make us “way less sad.”
            A double play begins this half hour of uninterrupted music and message, and it begins with Ms. Tate McRae.  It is another song about a breakup that has occurred and the lady is getting over it.  She sings: “You broke me first, maybe you don’t like talking too much about yourself, but you shoulda told me that you were thinking ‘bout someone else.  Your phone’s been off for a couple months, so you’re calling me now.  I know you, you’re like this, when things don’t go your way you needed me to fix it and like me, I did, but I ran out of every reason.  Now suddenly, you’re asking for it back.  But I don’t really care how bad it hurts.  When you broke me first, you broke me first.  Where’d you get the nerve.”  Now, she says, it’s all over.  In terms of our theme this week, what can make us “way less sad” is for both of them to be a little kinder in their language as they break up.  This is singer/songwriter/dancer Tate McRae, a 17 year old performer, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and her song at number 10, “You Broke Me First” on MATT. 
(double)    7 YOU BROKE ME FIRST / Tate McRae
                               DEMONS / Imagine Dragons
 
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            The group Imagine Dragons and their song “Demons” from 2013 from their album “Night Visions”.  It is a really dark song as the group calls it, the story of a couple who have tried to discover love, but because of their individual problems, their “demons” they call them, they really can’t.  “When the days are cold,” they sing, “and the cards all fold and the saints we see are all made of gold, when your dreams all fail, and the ones we hail are the worst of all.  No matter what we breed, we still are made of greed.  When you feel my heat, look into my eyes: it’s where my demons hide.  Don’t get too close, it’s dark inside.”  Wow, you talk about depressing.  Both of the people who made up the couple are in bad straits, and in terms of our theme today, what would make them less sad is that they recognize the depression and want to do something about it.  Tough song; tough video, but a good one to study. 
            Our next triple play and the close of our first hour together begins with a song about the very best of the situation that the man in the relationship is in.  And in his mind, this comes from the very best peaches that we produce which comes from Georgia, going to the source to bring about the best, although he may simply be referring to a place where he spent some time.  But he is speaking about a girlfriend, and it is an interesting concept.  “I get my light from the source,” they sing, “I want to wrap my arms around you and never let you go.  There’s nothing like your touch and I’ll be right here with you until the end.”  The man in this relationship knows that he has the very best, but the problem with the situation is that he doesn’t know how his girlfriend feels.  They sing “You ain’t sure yet, but I’m for you.”  In terms of our theme this week, what would make him “way less sad” is for her to say that she feels the same way he does.  This is number 3 in the top 10, Justin Bieber and here singing with Ashton Dumar Norwill Simmons better known as Daniel Caesar and Giveon Dezmann Evans better known as Giveon, and their song “Peaches” on MATT. 
(triple)     3 PEACHES / Justin Bieber f/ Daniel Caesar & Giveon
                               FANCY / Iggy Azalea f/ Charlie XCX
                               4 BEAUTIFUL MISTAKES / Maroon 5 f/ Megan Thee Stallion
 
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            Maroon 5 there, along with Megan Jovon Ruth Pete better known as Megan Thee Stallion and their song “Beautiful Mistakes” at number 4 on MATT.  It is a story in song of living in the past and remembering a relationship that the man wants back again.  “It’s beautiful, it’s bittersweet.  You’re like a broken home to me,” the man in the relationship sings, “I take a shot of memories and black out like an empty street.  I fill my days with the way you walk, and fill my nights with broken dreams.  I make up lies inside my head like one day you’ll come back to me.  Now I’m not holding on.  I’m just depressed that you’re gone.  Beautiful mistakes, I wouldn’t take them back.  I’m in love with the past.”  And that’s not good in my opinion, for a number of reasons, one of them being that he will never be able to go back to the past, and that is a sad situation, and you can’t really make it any less sad unless you get out of it and start living in the present.
            Before them, we wished happy birthday to Iggy Azalea who will be 31 years old tomorrow.  The song came from her album “The New Classic” and is a song of pride on being with it in the culture of today.  She sang it with English recording artist Charlotte Emma Aitchison better known as Charli XCX, and their song “Fancy” from the year 2014.  The song gives a little view of what the songwriters think of the world today.  You have to listen closely to the rap part to see what that is.  According to them it is the pleasure of the use of alcohol, the possession of money, selfish pride, and sexual pleasure but the refrain is, “I’m so fancy.  You already know I’m in the fast lane from LA to Tokyo.  I’m so fancy, can’t you taste this gold?  Remember my name, ‘bout to blow.”  The culture of today is indeed fast lane and interested in the gold, as she sings.  We have to be interested in that culture, to be sure—it is part of our world, but we have to be very careful with it, I believe.  In fact, one of the ways to make us “way less sad,” our theme today, is to be aware of the parts of the cultural world in which we live that are not good for us.
            We are looking at the songs of our show today in light of the thought of finding ways to make life less sad.  During this next segment, we will hear from people like the Jonas Brothers and Taylor Swift.  First, a thought from Mark Twain, and therefore a little sarcastic: Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.”  Yes, indeed.  I hope your day is a great one, and I hope our music and message is making it even a little better.  I’m Fr. Mike, your dial is set at Mix 103, and I hope you keep it right where it is.
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Part 7
     We are back for “Message at the Top” and we welcome you back to our show on this 6th day of June, 2021.  We call our show MATT because we take the top 10 songs and analyze their meanings in the light of how we can live better in the complicated world we live in.  I am Fr. Mike, your host for the top 10 show of Mix 103 where our plea is for you to enjoy the music and listen to the message, allowing that message to make you better than you are.  This Sunday morning, we are pursuing the thought of what the songs of our show say about how to make things less sad for us.
            We begin our second hour together with a song about the actions of a sincere lover.  “Say, what you doing,” they sing, “Where you at.  Oh, you got plans—don’t say that.  My house clean, my pool warm.  We should be dancin’, romancin’ in the east wing and the west wing of this mansion.  I ain’t playin’ no games, every word I say coming straight from the heart.  So if you’re tryna lay in these arms, I’ma leave the door open.”  I believe that the important phrase in that invitation is: “I ain’t playin’ no games, every word I say coming straight from the heart.”  And in general, if people can do this, they will be “way less sad” than if they didn’t do it.  This is the superduo Silk Sonic, that is Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak, and friends and their song “Leave the Door Open,” number 9 on MATT.  
(triple)       9 LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN / Bruno Mars (Silk Sonic)
                   SUCKER / Jonas Brothers
                               COME & GET IT / Selena Gomez
 
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            MATT presenting Ms. Selena Gomez from her album “Stars Dance”, her song “Come & Get It” from the year 2013, on MATT.  The song suggests a strong commitment to another.  “When you’re ready, come and get it, you ain’t gotta worry, it’s an open invitation.  I’ll be sittin’ right here, real patient, all day, all night, I’ll be waitin’ standby.  Can’t stop because I love it, all day all night, maybe I’m addicted for life, no lie.  This love ain’t finished yet.  I’m gonna love you for life, I ain’t leaving your side.  Even if you knock it, ain't no way to stop it.  Forever you're mine, I'm addicted, no lie.”  The lady in her song makes a permanent commitment to another in the words: "I'm addicted for life, no lie."  As we consider our theme of what can make us “way less sad” in our living, one of them is certainly to keep a permanent commitment once we have made it.
            Before her, we heard the number 3 song of meaning from 2019 from the Jonas Brothers from their album “Happiness Begins” and “Sucker”.  “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.”  When it was top 10 popular, I spent a lot of time to talk about subliminal things.  A way to make us “way less sad”, our theme today, is to be aware of the subliminal things in the personalities of those close to us.
            As promised, we go to      Ms. Taylor Swift.  She describes the song as a song of the intrigue, desire and the complexity that goes into wanting a relationship.  “I’m like the water when your ship rolled in that night,” she sings, “rough on the surface but you cut through like a knife and it was an open/shut case, I never would’ve know from that look on your face, lost in your current like a priceless wine.  The more that you say, the less I know.  Wherever you stray, I follow.  I’m beggin’ for you to take my hand, wreck my plans, that’s my man.  Life was a willow and it bent right to your wind, head on the pillow, I could feel you sneaking in as if you were a mythical thing.”  So, a love song which is hoping that the other pays attention to her.  In terms of our theme today, she will be “way less sad” if her boyfriend cooperates with her.  If not, she is in for difficult times.  From her album “Evermore,” Taylor Swift and her song at number 10 this morning, “Willow” on MATT.
(triple)       10 WILLOW / Taylor Swift
                               COME ON GET HIGHER / Matt Nathanson
                               STITCHES / Shawn Mendes
 
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            Shawn Mendes on MATT, 2014, from his album “Handwritten,” and “Stitches”.  It is a song of pain.  “I thought that I'd been hurt before,” he sings.  “But no one's ever left me quite this sore.  Your words cut deeper than a knife.  Now I need someone to breathe me back to life, got a feeling that I'm going under.  But I know that I'll make it out alive if I quit calling you my lover, (and) move on.  You watch me bleed until I can't breathe.  Shaking, falling onto my knees, and now that I'm without your kisses, I'll be needing stitches.  Tripping over myself, aching, begging you to come help.  Just like a moth drawn to a flame, you lured me in, I couldn't sense the pain, your bitter heart cold to the touch.  Now I'm gonna reap what I sow; I'm left seeing red on my own.”  Very painful thoughts.  And the video acts it out quite well.  In terms of our theme, one of the ways to make us “way less sad” is to learn to deal with pain and especially to learn from it.
            Before him, we heard from Matt Nathanson, and his song “Come On Get Higher” from his album “Some Mad Hope” from 2010.  The word “high” is an interesting word in the English language.  It can be used in contexts that vary greatly: from a feeling that one gets from some chemical substance to a feeling that comes from discovering something great.  Matt Nathanson uses the word to signify a desire for love.  The person in his song is separated from the person he loves.  He sings: "I miss the sound of your voice, and I miss the rush of your skin, and I miss the still of the silence as you breathe out and I breathe in.  Come on, get higher, loosen my lips; faith and desire and the swing of your hips.  Just pull me down hard and drown me in love."  He wants to feel higher by being drowned in love.  One of the ways to feel “way less sad”, our theme today, is to truly love those who love us.
            And we have made it to our final segment today.  During that final segment, you will hear and hopefully enjoy numbers 8, 5, 6, and 1 in our top 10 as well as music from Prince and Major Lazer.  I take you to break with a thought about something we can always learn more about, as we learn from the messages of these songs.  It comes Mark Twain again, so watch for the twist: It is better to deserve honors and not have them / than to have them and not deserve them.”  One super thought, Mr. Twain or Mr. Clemens as the case may be and one that will help us feel less sad.  I’m Fr. Mike Scully, and you’re listening to “Message at the Top” on Mix 103.
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Part 10
     We are back for our final segment of MATT which is using the theme of “What Can Make Us ‘Way Less Sad’”.  It came from AJR and their song “Way Less Sad.”  As usual, we are playing the music and listening to the message of the present top 10 and more.  I hope this wonderful season of Spring-almost-Summer is good for you.  I’m your host, Fr. Mike on “Message at the Top” on today’s best music Mix 103.  Thank you for joining us again this morning.  It’s great to have you with us, as we play and think about our music.
            Another triple play leads us off as we are one half-hour from midday on June 6, 2021, and it begins with a song about a breakup again.  It is a song of pain.  “I got my driver’s license last week,” she sings, “just like we always talked about ‘cause you were so excited for me to finally drive up to your house.  But today I drive through the suburbs cryin’ ‘cause you weren’t around.  And you’re probably with that blonde girl who always made me doubt.  I know we weren’t perfect but I’ve never felt this way for no one and I just can’t imagine how you could be so okay now that I’m gone.  Guess you didn’t mean what you wrote in that song about me, ‘cause you said forever; now I drive alone past your street.”  It is a tough situation for the lady in the relationship, and it will be “way less sad” for her, our theme today, if she would simply decide to go to another relationship.            From her album “Sour,” that was number 8 right now, former number 1 for a long time and number 2 for a long time as well and “Drivers License”, Olivia Rodgrio on MATT. 
(triple)       8 DRIVERS LICENSE / Olivia Rodgrio
                   WHEN DOVES CRY / Prince & the Revolution
                               5 WITHOUT YOU / The Kid Laroi
 
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            Still in the top 5, Australian singer Charlton Kenneth Jeffrey Howard, or the Kid Laroi and his song, “Without You” on MATT.  “You cut out a piece of me, and now I bleed internally, left here without you.  And it hurts for me to think about what life could possibly be like without you.  I can’t believe that you wouldn’t believe me.  The heck with all of your reasons, I lost my cool, you know I didn’t mean it.  Now I see it, you run and repeat.  And I can’t take it back, so in the past is where we’ll leave it.  So there you go, I’ll never find the words to say I’m sorry, but I’m scared to be alone.”  I cleaned up some of the words.  What it says is that he has a serious problem.  He lost his cool but really didn’t mean it, she took what he said, ran with it, and now he doesn’t want to say he’s sorry, and he doesn’t want to be alone.  He would be “way less sad” our theme today if he would do exactly what he doesn’t want to do, namely say he’s sorry and find out what to do after he says it-*.
            Before him, MATT presented a great song from 1984, Prince and the Revolution, “When Doves Cry”.  Prince would have been 63 years old tomorrow, may he rest in peace.  In my mind, the song has always been one of the most poetic sad songs that I have ever studied.  “How can you just leave me standing alone?” Prince sings, “in a world that’s so cold.  Maybe I’m just too demanding, maybe I’m just like my father—too bold.  Maybe you’re just like my mother—she’s never satisfied.  Why do we scream at each other?  This is what it sounds like when doves cry.”  So the relationship had problems, problems that may have come from the way he was raised as a child, and now they are fighting, and it is not what the person wants at all, but it is happening.  It can only be compared to doves who do not scream at each other, but all they would do, is cry.  The anger between them is like the sound of peaceful doves weeping.  With our theme today, the way to make us less sad is to control the moments when we are out of sorts with the people we love.
            A double play right now beginning with our number 6 song in the top 10.  It was our theme last week when we spoke about things that we should do, and what we should do in a breakup is given by Dua Lipa.  “I’m on an island,” she sings, “even when you’re close, can’t take the silence.  I’d rather be alone.  I think it’s pretty plain and simple.  We gave it all we could.  It’s time I wave goodbye from the window.  Let’s end this like we should and say we’re good.  So let’s at least agree to go our separate ways.  Not gonna judge you when you’re with somebody else, as long as you swear you won’t be pissed when I do it myself.  Let’s end it like we should and say we’re good.”  In terms of our theme this week, when we have to do something that involves a hurt, we will be “way less sad” if we do it in a civil way.  This is a 10+ category song, Ms. Dua Lipa and we’ll hear from her again, this one from her latest album “Future Nostalgia: The Moonlight Edition” and her song “We’re Good” at number 6 on MATT. 
(double)    6 WE’RE GOOD / Dua Lipa
                               LEAN ON / Major Lazer f/ DJ Snake & MO
 
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            From the group Major Lazer in collaboration with French producer DJ Snake and featuring Karen Marie Orsted better known as MO, and their number 2 of all the songs of meaning of 2015, “Lean On”.  It is a song of wonder about a relationship that the man in the song hopes will work.  “Do you recall, not long ago?” they sing, “We would walk on the sidewalk--innocent, remember?  All we did was care for each other.  But the night was warm.  We were bold and young; all around the wind blows.  We would only hold on to let go.  What will we do when we get old?  Will we walk down the same road?  Will you be there by my side, standing strong as the waves roll over?  Blow a kiss, fire a gun.  All we need is somebody to lean on.”  A true statement—we need someone to lean on, and it is part of what real love is all about, and when we have it, the chances are that we will be “way less sad” in our lives, our theme today.
            And we have a new number 1 song, this one from Dua Lipa again, and her song “Levitating”, here singing along with Jonathan Lyndale Kirk better known as rapper DaBaby and their song of strong emotions also from Dua Lipa’s album “Future Nostalgia”.  It is a song about strong feelings for another, in fact, feeling like she is floating or levitating in his presence.  “If you wanna run away with me,” she sings, “I know a galaxy and I can take you for a ride.  I had a premonition that we fell into a rhythm where the music don’t stop for life, glitter in the sky, glitter in my eyes, shining just the way I like.  If you’re feeling like you need a little bit of company, you met me at the perfect time.  You want me, I want you, I’m levitating.”  Strong emotions can lead to questionable actions, and we will be “way less sad” if we control those emotions as best we can.
            We have thought about that idea of finding ways to make us “way less sad.”  It came from AJR and their song “Way Less Sad”.  My prayer for you and me is that we will always be able to able to be less sad in our lives because we have found real happiness.  If you want to contact me for any reason, my e-mail address is frmikescully@yahoo.com or the address at the radio station: KJLS-FM, Hays, 67601.  My website is www.frmikescully.com where you can obtain a transcript of the show and some meditations on our music and some great movies.  Our meditation for today is on the song “Fancy’ which we heard earlier on our show.  You can be with us on the web by going to www.hayspost.com and clicking on Mix 103 at 10 CDT.  Thank you for being with us today.  My thanks to the producers of our show, and to our sponsors, especially Thomas More Prep-Marian Junior and Senior High School in Hays, Holy Family Elementary School in Hays, and Hays Car and Truck Alignment. 
            Before our final thought, a little advertisement for the job of being a minister.  Our world needs a lot of help, and we see it especially now, and I give thanks to the ministers of our area for trying to help.  I hope you young people keep that possibility of being a minister in your thought. 
            Our final thought today comes from perhaps our greatest president, Mr. Abraham Lincoln: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.  You bet.  We close our show with the number 1 song in our land from Dua Lipa and her song “Levitating” and as you listen to it, may I remind you that you are listening to today’s best music Mix 103, and among the things that we have said today, we advise you to hold a good thought.  My name is Fr. Mike Scully.  Stay safe and peace to you, and be good!
1 LEVITATING / Dua Lipa

May 30, 2021

"Acting Like We Should"

Part 1
            Good morning Central Kansas and around the world!  Welcome to “Message at the Top” your top 10 show on Mix 103, and I hope your last Sunday of the great month of May is a good one for you.  Happy Memorial Day weekend to you.  We have gone through a lot these past months, and I hope you are weathering the storm.  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.  I’m your host, Fr. Mike Scully; thanks for being part of our show this morning.  We have top 10 music from today and yesterday all warmed up on our computers.  We will spend a lot of time with some thoughts about what we should do this morning.
            The latest song from Dua Lipa is a high category of meaning song for me because I think that she presents the perfect picture of what should happen in life as we work with past relationships.  It is a generally known rule of thumb for the people of this world that we will not marry the first person that we date.  Granted there are a few exceptions, but for the most part, the fact means that we will have a temporary falling out with people that we like a whole lot—either they will leave us, or we will leave them—however we say it.  It spells what many of these songs talk about—breakup.  Many times that breakup is hostile and angry, and leaves people out of sorts for a long time.
            Well, Dua Lipa sings about her feelings concerning the breakup and then gives exactly what she should do, and therefore something that every young man and woman should learn about love relationships that come and go.  “I’m on an island,” she sings, “even when you’re close, can’t take the silence.  I’d rather be alone.  I think it’s pretty plain and simple.  We gave it all we could.  It’s time I wave goodbye from the window.  Let’s end this like we should and say we’re good.  So let’s at least agree to go our separate ways.  Not gonna judge you when you’re with somebody else, as long as you swear you won’t be pissed when I do it myself.  Let’s end it like we should and say we’re good.”
            It is exactly the way a breakup should occur.  She uses the word “should” which brings up the whole question of good morality, acting the right way.  It’s no wonder that I really appreciate this song because in my work with young people, I have seen so many situations that hurt the people involved.  So, a really good song for people learning to love, but also a good song that can help us talk about what we should do in life.  Let’s call our show exactly that, “Acting Like We Should,” and to start us off, a 10+ category song, Ms. Dua Lipa from her latest album “Future Nostalgia: The Moonlight Edition” and her song “We’re Good” at number 6 on MATT. 
(double)     6 WE’RE GOOD / Dua Lipa
                   BREAK MY HEART / Dua Lipa
 
Part 2
            Double Dua Lipa there, closing off with her song “Break My Heart” from the same album “Future Nostalgia.”  It is an interesting love song to study.  Here are some of the words: “I’ve always been the one to say the first goodbye,” she sings, “Had to love and lost a hundred million times, had to get it wrong to know just what I like.  Now, I’m falling.  Centre of attention, you know you can get whatever you want from me whenever.  I’m afraid of all the things it could do to me if I woulda known it.  I would’ve stayed at home ‘cause I was doing better alone.  But when you said, ‘Hello’ I knew that was the end of it all.  I should’ve stayed at home ‘cause now there ain’t no letting you go.  Am I falling in love with the one that could break my heart?”  A question that is most probably answered “yes” according to the song.  What she should do in this case, our theme today, is study the situation very well and make sure there is good communication going on.
            Our first triple of the day begins with a song whose title is relatively common, but this is from Mr. Bryan Adams.  His take on the song is one of commitment, but it is spoken in the context of a deep love that is present in his heart, as he sings.  “You’re all that I want.  When you’re lyin’ here in my arms, I’m findin’ it hard to believe.  We’re in heaven.  And love is all that I need, and I found it there in your heart.  It isn’t too hard to see we’re in heaven.”  As something of a theologian, I will debate the statement a little, but it’s very easy to see what he is driving at: thinking with our theme, what should he do in this situation—well, as long as the lady in the relationship feels the same way he does, it sounds like something he should be committed to for life.  This is from 1985, “Heaven” from his album “Restless” Bryan Adams, on MATT.
(triple)         HEAVEN / Bryan Adams
                   CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM / Katy Perry f/ Skip Marley
                               5 MY EX’S BEST FRIEND / Machine Gun Kelly f/ Blackbear
 
Part 3
            Colson Baker, better known as Machine Gun Kelly and Matthew Tyler Musto, better known as Blackbear and their song “My Ex’s Best Friend” from Machine Gun Kelly’s album “Tickets to My Downfall” at number 5 this week on MATT.  It is a song about a relationship that began rather suddenly, then fell apart and the consequences of such a falling out.  “You know my ex,” they begin the song, “and that makes it all feel complicated.  I swear to God I never fall in love, then you showed up and I can’t get enough of it.”  But then it fell apart, with the man in the relationship saying, “First off, I’m not sorry, I won’t apologize.  You play like I’m invisible.  Girl, don’t act like you ain’t saw me.  Go our separate ways, but look at this damage you did to me.”  He used the word “complicated,” and that’s what happens when people try to rebuild a relationship.  Apparently neither person in the song is being very honest and she in his opinion is someone who changes according to the circumstances, and is into playing games.  “Look at the damage you did to me”—he is blaming everything on her, and my guess is that he was as much to blame as she was.  In terms of our theme, blaming another is usually not an action that we should do, whether it is true or not.  Do you agree with that?
            Before them, we wished happy birthday to Jamaican singer Skip Marley, who was singing with Katy Perry in the song “Chained to the Rhythm”.  He will be 25 on Tuesday.  It is a song about mediocrity.  It is one great song of meaning, certainly a 10+ song of meaning because it should make us realize what we are doing with our lives.  Beginning with the words, “Are we crazy,” she then challenges us by saying that we may be simply “living our lives through a lens, trapped in our white picket fence, like ornaments, so comfortable, living in a bubble.”  And she says what the real problem is, namely loneliness.  But she wants to break through the distortion, break down the walls, inspire others to riot out of the rut.  But the people don’t, they merely go back to doing what they always do without accomplishing the things that they could accomplish.  Life goes on and on and on, like we’re chained to the rhythm, and we miss what life is really all about.  It is not what we should do, our theme today.
            Our theme this week is what the songs suggest about what we should do, that thought having come from Dua Lipa’s excellent song “We’re Good”.  Let me take you to break with this thought from philosopher Andy Rooney: It's paradoxical, that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn't appeal to anyone.  Why don’t we know that?  Your dial is set for Mix 103 and you are listening to “Message at the Top”.
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Part 4
            You are in tune with “Message at the Top,” your top 10 show on Mix 103.  Thank you for joining us this morning.  We welcome you back to the songs that have been the most popular in this area during this past week.  We take the top 10 and study their messages, and then call our show MATT.  I am your host Fr. Mike.  It’s great to have you here.  We began our show with a theme and title setting song from Ms. Dua Lipa and her song “We’re Good”.  The theme that comes from it is: “Acting Like We Should.”
            Let’s wish happy birthday to one of the most versatile of all of our performers on this show, Ms. Alanis Morissette.  She will be 47 years old on Tuesday.  “This won’t work now the way it once did,” she sings, “and I won’t keep it up even though I would love to.  Once I know who I’m not, then, I’ll know who I am, but I know I won’t keep on playing the victim.  These precious illusions in my head did not let me down when I was defenseless, and parting with them is like parting with invisible best friends.”  But / part she must if she is to be mature.  And that is something she should be, our theme today.  This is Alanis Morissette from her album “Under Rug Swept,” “Precious Illusions”, 2010 was the year on MATT.
(double)    PRECIOUS ILLUSIONS / Alanis Morissette
                               8 DRIVERS LICENSE / Olivia Rodgrio
 
Part 5
            From her album “Sour,” that was number 8 right now, former number 1 for a long time and number 2 for a long time as well and “Drivers License”, Olivia Rodgrio on MATT.  It is a song of pain because of a break up: “I got my driver’s license last week,” she sings, “just like we always talked about ‘cause you were so excited for me to finally drive up to your house.  But today I drive through the suburbs cryin’ ‘cause you weren’t around.  And you’re probably with that blonde girl who always made me doubt.  I know we weren’t perfect but I’ve never felt this way for no one and I just can’t imagine how you could be so okay now that I’m gone.  Guess you didn’t mean what you wrote in that song about me, ‘cause you said forever; now I drive alone past your street.”  It is a tough situation for the lady in the relationship, and it will be very difficult for her to act like she should, our theme today, which is simply to go to another relationship.
            Closing out our first hour is a triple that begins with a song about a breakup that has occurred and the lady is getting over it.  She sings: “You broke me first, maybe you don’t like talking too much about yourself, but you shoulda told me that you were thinking ‘bout someone else.  Your phone’s been off for a couple months, so you’re calling me now.  I know you, you’re like this, when things don’t go your way you needed me to fix it and like me, I did, but I ran out of every reason.  Now suddenly, you’re asking for it back.  But I don’t really care how bad it hurts.  When you broke me first, you broke me first.  Where’d you get the nerve.”  Now, she says, it’s all over.  In terms of our theme this week, it is exactly what she should do, although it is very difficult usually.  This is singer/songwriter/dancer Tate McRae, a 17 year performer, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and her song at number 10, “You Broke Me First” on MATT. 
(triple)     10 YOU BROKE ME FIRST / Tate McRae
                               COLLIDE / Howie Day
                               9 WILLOW / Taylor Swift
 
Part 6
            From her album “Evermore,” Taylor Swift on MATT and her song at number 9 this morning, “Willow”.  She describes the song as a song of the intrigue, desire and the complexity that goes into wanting a relationship.  “I’m like the water when your ship rolled in that night,” she sings, “rough on the surface but you cut through like a knife and it was an open/shut case, I never would’ve know from that look on your face, lost in your current like a priceless wine.  The more that you say, the less I know.  Wherever you stray, I follow.  I’m beggin’ for you to take my hand, wreck my plans, that’s my man.  Life was a willow and it bent right to your wind, head on the pillow, I could feel you sneaking in as if you were a mythical thing.”  So, a love song which is hoping that the other pays attention to her.  In terms of our theme today, she seems to be acting the way she should as she loves her boyfriend, but if he doesn’t return the love, there will be difficult times.
            Before her, we went back to 2005 and Howie Day from his album “Stop All the World Now,” and his song “Collide”.  “Even the best fall down sometimes,” he sings, “Even the wrong words seem to rhyme; out of the doubt that fills my mind, I somehow find / you and I collide.  I’ve found I’m scared to know I’m always on your mind.”  He is singing that even though things don’t always seem to work out, somehow they do for people who are in love—they collide into life and love.  I love happy endings, and it is a happy ending.  And as we think of a theme of acting like we should, it sounds as though things are going exactly the way they should for the couple.
            Ah, we always do a lot of thinking with the songs that we play here, I believe.  We have music from the group Fall Out Boy, Wiz Khalifa, Coldplay and Cee Lo Green as top 10 music from numbers 3 and 4 in store for us next.  Right now, let’s take a little break.  To lead you to it, here is a quote from author Spencer Johnson: Integrity is telling myself the truth.  And honesty is telling other people the truth.  Good quote, and integrity and honesty are some of the virtues that we should have.  You’ve got MATT this morning of the last Sunday of May on Memorial Day weekend on Mix 103.  We’ll be right back.
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Part 7
            Every song has a message and most of the time thinking about that message can help us live a little better.  Such is our belief.  My name is Fr. Mike and we are back for “Message at the Top” on Mix 103.  I’m ready to begin with you the second hour of our show this morning.  Our motto continues to be to enjoy the music and at the same time, listen to the message as we find in that music some thoughts to help us live in this complicated world of ours.  Happy Memorial Day weekend.  Our theme this morning came from Dua Lipa and her song “We’re Good.”  That theme has to do with actions that we should be doing.
            Every week I like to play at least one song that has been a number 1 or 2 song of meaning in the past 41 years.  On today’s show, we begin this triple play with the number 1 song of meaning of 2015.   “It's been a long day without you, my friend,” Wix Khalifa and Charlie Puth 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.  And our living ought to lead us to things that we should do, our theme today, as we prepare for it.  This is Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth from the “Furious 7” soundtrack and a tribute to actor Paul Walker who died before the movie was released, and their song “See You Again” on MATT. 
(triple)       SEE YOU AGAIN / Wiz Khalifa / f/ Charlie Puth
                   CENTURIES / Fall Out Boy
                               4 WITHOUT YOU / The Kid Laroi
 
Part 8
            Moving up to the top 4 at numer 4, Australian singer Charlton Kenneth Jeffrey Howard, or the Kid Laroi and his song, “Without You” on MATT.  It was our theme last week when we spoke about losing our cool, part of the words of the song.  “You cut out a piece of me, and now I bleed internally, left here without you.  And it hurts for me to think about what life could possibly be like without you.  I can’t believe that you wouldn’t believe me.  The heck with all of your reasons, I lost my cool, you know I didn’t mean it.  Now I see it, you run and repeat.  And I can’t take it back, so in the past is where we’ll leave it.  So there you go, I’ll never find the words to say I’m sorry, but I’m scared to be alone.”  I cleaned up some of the words.  What it says is that he has a serious problem.  He lost his cool but really didn’t mean it, she took what he said, ran with it, and now he doesn’t want to say he’s sorry, and he doesn’t want to be alone.  Actions that he should do, our theme today, involve saying his sorry, whether he wants to or not, or else the relationship is over.
            Before him, we remembered Pete Wentz’s birthday with one of Fall Out Boys’ songs.  He is the leader and drummer of the group.  He will be 42 on Saturday.  The song was from their album “American Beauty/American Psycho,” and their song “Centuries” from 2015.  They describe it as an empowering song saying to people not to give up, but remember that legends actually begin very small.  Here are some of the words: “Some legends are told, some turn to dust or to gold.  But you will remember me.  Remember me for centuries.  And just one mistake is all it will take.  We'll go down in history.  And I can't stop 'til the whole world knows my name 'cause I was only born inside my dreams.”  The video is very interesting, and seems to be the same idea only with a strong biblical theme.  In terms of our theme today, if we are going to be remembered in a good way, it is up to us to act like we should in life.
            Next we go to yet another triple and we begin it with the number 6 song of all the songs of meaning of 2003 according to MATT.  “Confusion never stops,” they sing, “closing walls and ticking clocks.  Gonna come back and take you home.  Come out upon my seas.  Am I part of the cure or am I part of the disease?”  Now, that is a great question.  The song itself is a love song of someone who wants his girlfriend back.  He seems to realize that he has not really done a good job in the past, and now he wants to because, as he sings, nothing else compares to her.  A thought from the song is this: we have to look at what we have done in the past, and if we have not done well, then our actions should change to what should be, our theme today.  This is from their album “A Rush of Blood to the Head”, the group is Coldplay and their song “Clocks” on MATT. 
(triple)       CLOCKS / Coldplay
                               FORGET YOU / Cee Lo Green
                               3 BEAUTIFUL MISTAKES / Maroon 5 f/ Megan Thee Stallion
 
Part 9
            Maroon 5 there, along with Megan Jovon Ruth Pete better known as Megan Thee Stallion and their song “Beautiful Mistakes” moving up to number 3 on MATT.  It is a story in song of living in the past and remembering a relationship that the man wants back again.  “It’s beautiful, it’s bittersweet.  You’re like a broken home to me,” the man in the relationship sings, “I take a shot of memories and black out like an empty street.  I fill my days with the way you walk, and fill my nights with broken dreams.  I make up lies inside my head like one day you’ll come back to me.  Now I’m not holding on.  I’m just depressed that you’re gone.  Beautiful mistakes, I wouldn’t take them back.  I’m in love with the past.”  And that’s not good in my opinion, for a number of reasons, one of them is that it may cause him to move away from what he should do, our theme today, in the present.
            Before them, MATT presented Mr. CeeLo Green from his album “The Lady Killer” and his song “Forget You” from the songs of meaning from 2011.  His real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, and the song is a song of anger because the person in the song’s girlfriend has chosen to go out with someone else.  “I see you driving 'round town with the girl I love and I'm like; forget you.  I guess the change in my pocket wasn't enough; I'm like, forget you!  And forget her too!  I said, ‘If I was richer, I'd still be with ya’.  And although there's pain in my chest, I'm sorry, I can't afford a Ferrari, but that don't mean I can't get you there.  I pity the fool that falls in love with you.”  He is very upset about what has happened.  And it could very easily lead him to be revengeful.  And usually having this much anger destroys any focus that we need in order to see clearly in life, and unfortunately causes the opposite of actions that we should do, our theme today.
            Important words being said here, coming from these pop songs.  Up next, we will continue some thinking associated with the thought of what things we should be learning.  On the way out of this segment, let me give you a thought from James Dean, American movie star and symbol of rebellion who died in 1955: “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”  Good stuff, and it is a thought that will lead to actions that we should do.  I’m Fr. Mike, this show is “Message at the Top”, this radio station is Mix 103, and we’ll be right back.
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Part 10
            We are back for MATT on Mix 103.  I am Fr. Mike Scully, your host for the show that is the top 10 show of Mix 103, giving you the top 10 songs of today and yesterday along with their meanings.  Our motto over the years has been a simple one—enjoy the music and listen to the message, and you can work with that message to make your lives better.  It’s great to have you with us again, as we pursue a theme this morning of actions that we should do.  It came from Dua Lipa’s 10+ song of meaning, “We’re Good.”
            Let’s begin our last half-hour together with Demi Lovato singing about a season that has just coming upon us.  The song is a song of seeking pleasure, especially physical pleasure, it would seem.  “Tell me what you want,” she sings, “What you like.  It's okay.  I'm a little curious too.  Tell me if it's wrong, if it's right.  I don't care.  I can keep a secret.  Can you?  Got my mind on your body, and your body on my mind.  Don't tell your mother.  We're cool for the summer.  Don't be scared ‘cause I'm your body type; we’re cool for the summer.”  The lady in the song is pretty much interested only in the pleasure of the moment, and although it feels like very strong love, it often will evolve into some things that we should not do, IMHO.  From her album “Confident,” MATT presents right here the beginning of a double play from her Ms. Demi Lovato, and her song “Cool for the Summer” from 2015 on MATT.
(triple)       COOL FOR THE SUMMER / Demi Lovato
                   HEART ATTACK / Demi Lovato
                               7 LEVITATING / Dua Lipa
 
Part 11
            She has two songs in the top 10 this week which is quite a feat, Ms. Dua Lipa again, the third time we have heard from her this morning, and her song of strong emotions also from her album “Future Nostalgia,” at number 7 this week, and her song “Levitating” on MATT.  As I say, a song about strong feelings for another, in fact, feeling like she is floating or levitating in his presence.  “If you wanna run away with me,” she sings, “I know a galaxy and I can take you for a ride.  I had a premonition that we fell into a rhythm where the music don’t stop for life, glitter in the sky, glitter in my eyes, shining just the way I like.  If you’re feeling like you need a little bit of company, you met me at the perfect time.  You want me, I want you, I’m levitating, the milky way, we’re renegading.”  Strong emotions can lead to actions that we should do, but we have to be careful with them because they could lead to other actions which might not be so good for us.
            Before her, we heard the close of a double play from Demi Lovato.  It was her song "Heart Attack" from 2012, a love song with high emotions again, both in sound and in the words of the music. She sings the thoughts of a lady in the relationship: "You make me wanna act like a girl, paint my nails and wear high heels. Yes, you make me so nervous, and I just can't hold your hand. You make me glow, but I cover up, won't let it show, so I'm putting my defenses up 'cause I don't wanna fall in love. If I ever did that, I think I'd have a heart attack." The lady knows the emotions of love will hurt her, and she's not ready to feel that pain yet.  Interesting thought and in terms of our theme, the lady in the relationship evidently knows that some emotions of love can lead to actions that are not what she should do, our theme today.
            Our closing double play begins with the story of a man in the song who says, “Let's just fix this whole thing now.”  Actually, as one studies the circumstances of the song, one wonders whether they should try to fix their relationship at all.  But if they choose to do it, what must happen first is to agree that some things will have to change and work on words that should be said.  They will fix it, he says, ‘if you lay your weapon down,’ that is, one must give up some things before anything can happen.  It is no secret that giving up some things that we think are important is a difficult task.  We like our own ways of doing things, we like putting ourselves first, we like the way we are used to acting.  And so, when it comes to "fixing" anything, we like to "fix it" in a way that is least offensive to ourselves.  But, it may be that our own desires are causing the problem.  Sometimes, we have to give up our way in order to fix the situation.  Any situation can be repaired if the parties involved want to give up some things in order to repair it.  Whether it involves gaining eternal life or gaining a better life on earth, putting aside our own agenda, as difficult as it may be, is necessary.  A little preachy commentary there, but I think it is important as we talk about actions that we should do.  We go to 2009 for this one from John Mayer, from his album “Battle Studies”, “Heartbreak Warfare” on MATT. 
(double)    HEARTBREAK WARFARE / John Mayer
                               2 PEACHES / Justin Bieber f/ Daniel Caesar & Giveon
 
Part 12
            Continuing at number 2 in the top 10, Justin Bieber and here singing with Ashton Dumar Norwill Simmons better known as Daniel Caesar and Giveon Dezmann Evans better known as Giveon, and their song “Peaches” on MATT.  To my mind, it is a song about the very best of the situation that the man in the relationship is in.  And in his mind, this comes from the very best peaches that we produce which comes from Georgia, going to the source to bring about the best, although he may simply be referring to a place where he spent some time.  He is speaking about a girlfriend, and it is an interesting concept.  “I get my light from the source,” they sing, “I want to wrap my arms around you and never let you go.  There’s nothing like your touch and I’ll be right here with you until the end.”  The man in this relationship knows that he has the very best, but the problem with the situation is that he doesn’t know how his girlfriend feels.  They sing “You ain’t sure yet, but I’m for you.”  In terms of our theme this week, he is certainly acting like he should.  Hopefully the lady will respond in like manner.
            And the number 1 song for five weeks in a row is once again from Abel Makkonen Tesfaye better known as The Weeknd from his album “After Hours”, and his song “Save Your Tears”.  It is about a breakup again, a breakup that happened and he would like the relationship back.  “I saw you dancing in a crowded room,” he begins, “You look so happy when I’m not with you.  But then you saw me, caught you by surprise, a single teardrop falling from your eye.  I don’t know why I run away, I’ll make you cry when I run away.  Take me back ‘cause I wanna stay.  Save your tears for another day.  So, I made you think that I would always stay, I said some things that I should never say.  Yeah, I broke your heart like someone did to mine, and now you won’t love me for a second time.”  If he were acting like he should, our theme today, he would never have said those things that he said.
            Our theme today has been that idea of acting like we should.  It came from Dua Lipa’s excellent song “We’re Good”.  My prayer for you and me today is that we will always be people who act like we should no matter how difficult the situation.  Thank you for being with us today.  I hope the rest of your Memorial Day weekend is a good and safe one.  My thanks to the production staff here at Mix 103, and to our sponsors, especially Hays Car and Truck Alignment, Thomas More Prep-Marian Junior and Senior High School in Hays, and Holy Family Elementary School in Hays.  If you would like to request a song to be studied or want to comment on any of my comments, feel free to write me here at KJLS, Hays, KS 67601 or e-mail me at frmikescully@yahoo.com.  My website for meditations on the songs and movies is www.frmikescully.com.  Today’s meditation is on the song “Cool for the Summer” which we heard earlier on our show.  We invite you to join us on the web if you happen to be away from our area—by choosing www.hayspost.com and clicking on KJLS or Mix 103.  One last thought comes from one of my favorite people, Mr. Abraham Lincoln who had some amazing quotes, and a pretty amazing president: And in the end,” Mr. Lincoln writes, “it's not the years in your life that count.  It's the life in your years.”  That’s very good.  Part of that life deals with acting out as we should.  As you listen to the number 1 song from The Weeknd, may I remind you that you are listening to today’s best music Mix 103, and our advice to you among the other things that we have said to you today—hold a good thought.  My name is Fr. Mike Scully.  Stay safe, peace to you, and be good.
1 SAVE YOUR TEARS / The Weeknd