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Message at the Top
July 23, 2017
Out the Issues"
Good morning Central
Kansas and around the world! Thank
you for joining us as we are well into the warm month of July, 2017;
to have you with us. I hope your Sunday
is a good one so far, and that your day will be a great one and that we
it a bit greater; welcome to “Message at the Top.” Our motto continues to be to enjoy the music
and listen to the messages of that music.
Get set for the top 10 songs of our area
right now as determined by our
research here at Mix 103 and the national survey of Mediabase 24-7. We’ll add to them some great top
10’s of the
past as well, in fact, we have a segment 10 presentation featuring
girl yesterday Selena Gomez—she was 25 years old yesterday, and
we will spend
some time with some music of the 2000’s and the 90’s. I am Fr. Mike Scully, and you have your dial
set to Mix 103, the number one rock station in Central Kansas.
Michaels or Julia Carin Cavazos was born in Davenport, Iowa, and she
number 8 song on our countdown today, one that has been in the top 10
couple of weeks. It is a great song
about something that we all have—as she names it—issues.
to some of the words, and then let’s just think about them a
little. She begins by talking about her
jealous, I’m overzealous, when I’m down, I get real down. When I’m high, I don’t come down. I get angry.
Believe me, I could love you just like
that and I could leave you just
as fast.” And she realizes that her
boyfriend has issues too: “You
don’t judge me,” she sings, “’cause if you did,
I would judge you too. ‘Cause I got
issues, but you got them
too.” But she is in love, and
she tells him, “So give them all to me, and I’ll give mine
to you. Bask in the glory of all our
we got the kind of love it takes to solve them.
Yeah, I got issues, and one of them is
how bad I need you.”
Two things that I see in
the song. One is the obvious one that we
all have issues, we all have idiosyncrasies, ways of doing things,
we have developed, some of them good, some bad, but they all could be
things that could disrupt and even destroy other relationships. That is an important fact—we all have
and we can’t deny that fact.
Secondly, she sings that
she is going to work with those issues, and uses a line that I have
before with the song that I believe is a very good way to state the way
solve the issues that each of the couples has: “Bask in the glory
of all our
problems ‘cause we got the kind of love it takes to solve
them.” That’s great—love
indeed will solve the
issues that they both have.
But let me throw a
little caution to everyone here, one that I have learned from my life. Issues are difficult to solve, even if there
is a strong love present. And we really
have to work at them. To me, it is too
simple a statement to say that you have to bask in the glory of the
problems. Too often those problems are
quite serious, and it takes a lot of time and effort to work with them,
there are a couple of people involved, and everyone has their own
the issues, if you know what I mean.
Be that as it may, let’s
see what our songs say about issues today.
We will ask the question of our songs:
“What are some ways to work out
issues or problems?” Starting us
Julia Michaels with her song at number 8, “Issues” on MATT.
8 ISSUES / Julia Michaels
Ariana Grande f/ Iggy Azalea
presenting there the former number 1 song “Problem” from
Ariana Grande and
singing with her Iggy Azalea, from Ariana Grande’s album
“My Everything” from
the year 2014. It speaks
of a love problem: “Hey, even though I hate ya, I wanna love ya,
you! And even though I can’t forgive
you, I really want to. Tell me, why
can’t you leave me? ‘Cause
even though I
shouldn’t want it, I gotta have it. Head
in the clouds, got no weight on my shoulders, I should be wiser and
that I’ve got one less problem without ya!”
So, a love problem, and the lady in the
relationship realizes what she
should do, namely leave, but she really likes the guy.
In terms of our theme today, this love
problem is an issue that she has—and the way for her to solve
that issue is to
swallow her pride and move on.
MATT is ready for our first triple play
of the day, and
it begins with the number 10 song on our countdown from Charlie Puth,
to our countdown this morning. It is a
song of a person who understands that his partner in the relationship
serious with him, and that all she wants, as he says, is attention. “You’ve been runnin’ around
dirt all on my name ‘cause you knew that I’d call you up. I know that dress is karma, perfume
regret. You got me thinking ‘bout
you were mine. You just want attention,
you don’t want my heart. Maybe you
hate the thought of me with someone new.
Yeah, you just want attention.
What are you doin’ to me?” He
knows what she is doing, but he still doesn’t want to let go of
the relationship. That is an issue that he
has, as we think of
issues and what to do with them today, and he had better get away from
relationship, no matter how much it hurts. / Joining him in the triple
James Arthur and J Lo, but this is new to the top 10, Mr. Charlie Puth,
“Attention” at number 10 on MATT.
10 ATTENTION / Charlie Puth
Cost a Thing / Jennifer Lopez
9 SAY YOU
WON’T LET GO / James Arthur
That was 29 year old British performer
James Arthur and his song “Say
You Won’t Let Go” former number 1, now at number 9 from his
album “Back from
the Edge” on MATT. “I knew
I loved you,” the man in the relationship sings, “But
you’d never know ‘cause I
played it cool when I was scared of letting go.
I knew I needed you but I never showed.
But I wanna stay with you until
we’re grey and old. Just say you
won’t let go. So I wrote this song
for you. Now everybody knows that
it’s just you and
me. Just say you won’t let go.” So it is a song of a very strong commitment
promising a life forever. Making a
commitment is risky business, and it means that both of them who make
to continue to work on the issues that they have, our theme today.
Before him, we
heard from a lady who will be 48
years old tomorrow, Ms. J. Lo, Jennifer Lopez, and her song from
2000-2001, from her album
“J. Lo”, “Love Don’t Cost A Thing”. It
is a really good song although the words are a bit difficult to figure
you listen. She is talking about what is
really important in love, and it isn’t money.
“You think the money that you make
can substitute the time you
take. Take the keys here to my
she sings, “then you can win my heart, and get what’s in my
heart. I think you need to take some time
to show me
that your love is true. There’s more
than dollar signs in you.” Great
thoughts there. So many people place
giving money to be more important than taking the time to talk and
love, and as
we talk about the working out our issues, well, one of the ways to do
it is to
work out of our heart instead of our wallet.
We have another uninterrupted 30 minutes
of song and
message in just a few minutes. During
that next segment, we will be able to hear top 10 music from Shawn
Mendes. We also have former top 10’s
from Adele, the
group Train, the group Simple Minds and the group Maroon 5. Before we go to break, here is a thought from
author Phillip Bernstein, and a really good thought: “We have no right to ask
when a sorrow comes, ‘Why did this happen to me?’ unless we
ask the same
question for every joy that comes our way.”
One of the things about our past is that
there are disappointments and
joy, and perhaps we should spend more time on the joy.
That, my friends, is a way to work with
issue that we have. You bet.
Our show is “Message at the
Top”, I am Fr.
Mike Scully, and I hope your Sunday morning is a good one.
Don’t go way; “Message at
the Top” on Mix 103
will be right back.
It is great to have you back with us. Thank you for joining us; we welcome you back
to the top 10 songs of our area as of the week ending today, July 23,
second last Sunday of the very hot month of July. I’m
Fr. Mike Scully, your host for the only
top 10 show of its kind in this area, and maybe the whole world. The show takes the top songs of the present
and past and explains their messages, and then we call the show
“Message at the
Top.” The topic of our show this
was given to us by Julia Michaels and her song “Issues”. The theme we have taken is “Working with
is Sir Michael Phillip Jagger’s birthday.
He will be 74 years old.
have any top 10 songs by him in our top 10 since 1980, but we have a
song about him which came out in 2014.
song is an attempt on the part of the man in the relationship to
situation. Some words of the song are
these: “Just shoot for the stars; it feels right, and aim
for my heart. If you feel like it can
take me away and make it OK, I swear I’ll behave.
You wanted control, so we waited. I put on a show. Now,
take me by the tongue, and I’ll know
you. Kiss me and I’ll show you all
moves like Jagger. I don’t need to
to control you. Look into my eyes and
I’ll own you. I’ve got the
Jagger.” Like I say, an attempt to
control. Certainly, too much control
leads to problems, and too much control is an issue, our theme today,
ruin situations, and if one has it, it must certainly be remedied. /
join them in this double play, but this is Maroon 5 with Christina
Aguilera and “Moves Like
Jagger”, former number 1 from 2014 on MATT.
MOVES LIKE JAGGER / Maroon 5 f/
SEND MY LOVE / Adele
MATT presenting there Adele from her
album “25,” and her song “Send
My Love”. It is a song of a
that has ceased, and she is saying it exactly as it is in her mind
anyway. “This was all you, none of
it me,” she
sings. “You put your hands on my
and told me you were ready for the big one, I’d be your last love
everlasting—you and me.” Then
and she continues, “Send my love to your new lover.
Treat her better. I
was running, you were walking. You
couldn’t keep up, you were falling
down.” So, she is blaming him for
breakup. No doubt, it is as much her
fault as his, but be that as it may, considering our theme today, this
bitterness is not a good thing, and this is an issue that she had
Our second triple
play of the day begins with a
group that was formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1977.
It is from a great past movie called
Club”, and a song asking to be recognized.
I have used it over the years to be the
statement of what we call
“invisible kids” in our schools, young people who just
attend school, and
really don’t get involved in anything else, who are too shy to do
that “visible kids” would do. They
calling out to the members of the school who can do the leadership and
activities, and they basically are saying the words of the song:
forget about me, will you stand above me?
Will you look my way, never love me.
Will you recognize me, call my name.
As you walk on by, will you call my
name?” It is a love song, actually,
with the words
directed toward one particular person, but I think it can be extended
include everyone. I believe that every one
of us has an obligation to pay attention to others, especially those
most forgotten. It fits into our theme
this way: one of the pains in life is being lonely, and we are called
out that issue in another’s life if we can, and if we are one of
them, we must
learn to get out and do a couple more fun things. / Joining them in the
are the group Train and Shawn Mendes, but a good song here from the
Simple Minds, from 1985, “Don’t You (Forget About
Me)” on MATT.
DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) /
DRIVE BY /
THERE’S NOTHING HOLDIN’ ME BACK
/ Shawn Mendes
theme next week from the album
“Illuminate”, Shawn Mendes and “There’s Nothing
Holdin’ Me Back”, number 7 this
week on MATT. It is a song of the man in
the relationship about his girlfriend: “I wanna follow where she
goes; I think
about her and she knows it. I wanna let
her take control ‘cause every time that she gets close, she pulls
me in enough
to keep me guessing. I’ve been
I love it when you go crazy. You take
all my inhibitions: there’s nothing holdin’ me back.” The man is allowing the lady to lead him, and
it certainly makes him feel good, and it may help with some of his
theme today, but there will come a time when he has to work on his own
himself of his issues.
Before him, MATT presented the group
Train from their album “California 37”, and their song
number 1 from the year 2012. It is a
love song that describes the way the man in the relationship feels
meeting someone apparently just one time, and it did something to him,
to her at first. “On the other side
street,” they sing, “stood a girl that looked like you. I guess that’s déjà vu. I thought this can’t be true
‘cause you moved
to west LA or New York or Santa Fe or wherever to get away from me. Oh, but that one night was more than just
right. I didn’t leave you
‘cause I was
all through—oh, I was overwhelmed and frankly scared because I
you. Oh, I swear to you.
I’ll be there for you. This is not a drive by.”
They are singing about commitment, and
it into our theme if the commitment is real, it should accept the
another has and basically be able to work with them.
Some interesting thoughts there about
the lives we
live. The title of MATT this morning is
“Working with our issues.” Our
hour of music and message will explore that theme with two triple
from Kygo & Selena Gomez, Swedish House Mafia, and Ed Sheeran; the
from Ed Sheeran again, the group Incubus and John Mayer.
A thought to close out this segment from
of my favorite authors, Mr. Will Rogers: “People talk peace, but men give
life’s work to war. It won’t stop until
there is as much brains and scientific study put to aid peace as there
promote war.” Great
words, and if you
and I could truly be interested in
peace, we would have very few issues to work out, I believe. I’m Fr. Mike for “Message at the
Top” on Mix
103. Don’t even think about touching
“Message at the Top” on Mix 103. I
am Fr. Mike Scully, ready to
through the second hour of our show this morning, giving you songs
half-hour about topics ranging from love and devotion to break-ups to
back home. Our task, as always, is to
play music that you will enjoy, and to study that music in such a way
message can help make your world be better.
We are pursuing a theme that is
discovering what the songs of our show
say about the idea of true happiness.
as promised, the first triple play comes from Swedish House Mafia and
Sheeran and begins right here with Kygo & Selena Gomez who
birthday yesterday. She was 25 years
old, and we have a segment 10 dedicated to her today.
Here she is singing with Kygo. It is a
song of someone who has had it with the person in the relationship and
saying that it is no longer a relationship.
“We stopped seeing eye to eye.
You were staying out all night and I had
enough. No I don’t wanna know where
you been or where
you’re going, but I know I won’t be home, and you’ll
be on your own. Who’s gonna walk you
through the dark side of
the morning? It ain’t me.” Pretty straightforward, there.
That relationship is over.
In terms of our theme, such
talk will probably cause some pain, but it is necessary if they are to
and thus eventually feel alive. We must
learn to speak our minds. MATT presenting
here 25 year old Selena Marie Gomez, along with 25 year
old Norwegian singer/songwriter Kygo, and their song “It
Ain’t Me” number 6
this week on MATT.
6 IT AIN’T ME /
Kygo & Selena Gomez
WORRY CHILD / Swedish House Mafia f/ John Martin
5 CASTLE ON
THE HILL / Ed Sheeran
MATT presenting there Ed Sheeran, number
5 this week, from his album
which is a division sign
and “Castle on the Hill” on
MATT. He has number 4
also. Here, he is singing about his young
life and a reminiscent
song as the person thinks back to what life was like in one’s
and it seems to have been a happy one.
He sings, “I’ve not seen the
roaring fields in so long. I know
I’ve grown, but I can’t wait to go
home. I’m on my way driving at 90
those country lanes. I miss the way you
make me feel and it’s real when we watched the sunset over the
castle on the
hill.” He speaks of some teenage
which I consider to be dangerous, but he seems to have survived them,
he’s anxious to get home. In terms
our theme, it sounds as though the man had some issues when he was
apparently he has worked them out.
Before him, we heard the number 1 song
of meaning in 2013
from a group
of producers known as Swedish House Mafia, and Swedish singer John
their song “Don’t You Worry Child.”
is a song
about a breakup and learning from it, but to me it is so much more than
that. The lesson the person in the song
learns is that
things will work out well. “There
time I used to look into my father's eyes,” the person in a
sings. “In a happy home, I was a
had a golden throne. Those days are
gone, now the memory's on the wall. I
hear the songs from the places where I was born. Upon
a hill across a blue lake, that's where
I had my first heartbreak. I still
remember how it all changed. My father
said, 'Don't you worry, child. See
heaven's got a plan for you’.” The
song points out the theological thought that God
is at work even in the most dire of circumstances for young people in
love. Even though there is a breakdown
of a relationship in which love was present and no longer is, God or
at work. In fact, God will always be at
work in every part of our lives, and if we understand that, it will
work out all of our issues. Great song.
Continuing to our second triple play
of this segment, as we said we have for your listening pleasure the
Incubus, Ed Sheeran again and beginning right here with a very
song from John Mayer. It contains a
statement of strong pain. He sings
you’re dreaming with a broken heart, the waking up is the hardest
part.” Doesn’t that describe
pain pretty well? He continues, “You
roll outta bed and down on
your knees, and for the moment you can hardly breathe, wondering was
here. Is she standing in my room? No, she’s not, ‘cause she’s
gone.” And then an interesting
“Do I have to fall asleep with roses in my hand?” He has tried to put the relationship back
together, but it doesn’t work. / Breakups are always so painful,
and sung about
quite often because unfortunately, they are part of our reality, and
part of the reality of young life, and therefore maybe the first
deep mental pain in a person’s life. As
we think of working out issues this morning, breakups usually bring out
issues that both of a couple have in a relationship, and they must be
with, whether they go back to the relationship or not. This
Mayer from his album “Continuum” from 2006, his song
“Dreaming with a
Broken Heart” on MATT.
DREAMING WITH A BROKEN HEART / John Mayer
DRIVE / Incubus
4 SHAPE OF YOU / Ed
That song has been around the top 5 for
popular song from Mr. Ed Sheeran from his album a division
sign, his song “Shape of You”, former number 1 for a
long time and now at number 4 on MATT. The
man in the relationship sings that he is at a bar, and the lady comes
in. They dance, and he sings, “Girl,
you know I
want your love. Your love was homemade
for somebody like me. Come on now,
follow my lead. I may be crazy,
mind me. Say, boy, let’s not talk
much. Come on now, follow my lead. I’m in love with the shape of you.” So, a beginning love that advances too
quickly to the physical. As I have said
with this song, I believe that one of the major problems with early
relationships is that it moves into the physical too quickly, and when
it will cause lots of issues, and they may not be solvable. My opinion, of course.
Before him, we heard a song of
meaning from the top 10 of 2001—from the group Incubus and their
“Drive”. It is a song with a
message. The person in the song talks
what has driven him before, namely fear, and then says, “Lately,
to find that I should be the one behind the wheel.
Whatever tomorrow brings, I’ll be
there.” And so they sing, “So
decide.” As I say, a great thought. I firmly believe that the way to work with
our own issues, our theme today, is to take responsibility for our
Our subject this morning is the
thought of working out the issues that we have.
The thought came from our lead song from
a young lady named Julia
Michaels and her song “Issues”. We
have some more thoughts along that line after this break.
In fact, we have a segment 10
Selena Gomez. Let me take you to break
with this thought from author Patricia Fehr: "Judge
each day not by the harvest, but by the seeds you
plant." And my comment--if you
plant seeds of virtues such as kindness and love, the chances are that
become well aware of the issues that you have in your own life. My name is Fr. Mike
Scully, this show is MATT, this radio station is Mix
103, and we’ll
be right back.
We welcome you back to the only show
that gives you the music and meanings of the top 10 of today and
yesterday. We call it MATT.
My name is Fr. Mike Scully, and we are
studying all of our songs today from the point of view offered us by
Michaels and her song “Issues”. The
theme that we are using throughout the show is the thought of working
issues, and how to do it well. Thanks
for joining us as we continue to give you the songs of modern music
I mentioned a couple of times, yesterday was Selena Gomez’
birthday when she
turned 25, and in her honor, we have three of the songs that she was
responsible for as they soared into the top 5.
First, let’s go to her song
“Come & Get it”. 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.
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 working out
issues, as I have said a couple of times today, if one’s make a
commitment, it is a promise that one will work on one’s own
issues. From Selena Gomez’ album
“Stars Dance”, her song “Come & Get It”,
from the year 2013,
COME & GET IT / Selena Gomez
DON’T TALK ANYMORE / Charlie Puth f/ Selena Gomez
WANT YOU TO KNOW / Zedd f/ Selena Gomez
MATT presenting there Selena Gomez again
from producer Anton Zaslavski
better known as Zedd, and we’ll hear from him again and their
song “I Want You
to Know”, from last year from Zedd’s album “True
Colors”. “I want you to
know that it’s our time,” she sings, “You and me
bleed the same light. I want you to know
that I’m all yours. You and me run
the same course. I’m slippin’
down a chain reaction, and here
I go. And once again I’m yours in
fractions. It takes me down, pulls me
down low. It’s raining tonight, but
storms always have an eye. Tell me
you’re covered tonight, or tell me lies.
I want you to know that it’s our
You and me we’re the same force, I
want you to know that it’s our time.” So,
a song of wanting the presence of
another, and the lady’s reasoning why.
One of the things we must realize is
that before we have good
relationships, we probably have to work out some of our issues.
Before that song from her
we heard her singing with Charlie Puth—the second time we have
heard from him
today—from his album “Nine Track Mind” and their song
“We Don’t Talk Anymore”. It
is a song that says that because of the
lack of communication, there can be no love.
In the song, the man in the relationship
has recently learned that his
girlfriend is with another man, and he knows that he should just move
he doesn’t. As he looks back at
relationship, he knows that it was just a game, and there’s every
move on to another relationship. It’s
interesting because the lady in the relationship is saying the same
therefore it is a very mixed up relationship.
And it all began with the fact that they
don’t talk the way they
should. As I have said on this show many
times because communication comes up so often—one of our
principal issues—as we
think of issues today—is that we do not know how to communicate
But that was then, and this is now, as
they say. And now the top 3 are on your
now. They begin with Zedd again, this
time with Alessia Cara. It
is a song of the lady in the relationship urging the man to stay, even
she knows that she has to make it on her own.
“You’ve got to make it on
your own,” the lady sings, “but we don’t have
to grow up. We can stay forever young,
living on my sofa, drinking rum and cola underneath the rising sun. All you have to do is stay a minute.” She knows that she needs to grow up, but she
is not willing to do that because she would have to let him go. In terms of our theme today, she therefore
has issues that she must settle before the relationship will develop. This is Anton Zaslavski better known as Zedd
and this time with Alessia Carraciola better known as Alessia Cara and
song at number 3, “Stay” on MATT.
(double) 3 STAY
& Selena Gomez
SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS / The Chainsmokers f/ Coldplay
have a new number 1 since that song which has been number 1 for seven
a row is now at number 2, from the Chainsmokers, that is Andrew Taggart
Alex Pall, which they sing with the group Coldplay; their song
Like This” on MATT. The lady in the
relationship says, “Where d’you wanna go? How much
you wanna risk?”
And the man in the relationship sings: “I’m not looking for
superhuman gifts, some superhero, some fairytale bliss, just something
turn to, somebody I can miss. I want something just like
this.” What he is searching for is a
friend that he
can trust, someone that he has a relationship with at the present time,
he finds that she gives him that trust, it will help him work out other
that he has, our theme today.
the new number 1 song is from the group Imagine Dragons from
their upcoming album “Evolve” and their song
“Believer”. It is a statement
pains of life have determined some things in people’s lives. “I was broken from a young age,”
“Taking my sulking to the masses, writing my poems for the few. They looked at me, took to me, shook to me,
feeling me singing from heartache from the pain, take my message from
veins, speaking my lesson from the brain, seeing the beauty through the
pain. You made me a believer; pain, you
break me down, you build me up. Let the
bullets fly, oh let them rain. My life,
my love, my drive, it came from pain.”
Our lives come from pain—what a
statement. That is, there are issues in
life, our theme
today, and those issues cause pain, but we can learn from the pain, and
help us take care of the issues.
A special thanks to the sponsors and
producers of our
show, and, of course, to all of you for being here.
I hope this second last Sunday of July
good for you, and that your celebration of summer is a happy one. And thinking about our theme, namely the
thought of working out our issues,, my prayer for you and me is that we
will understand that we have “issues” and that we will
really try to work on
them so that our worlds will be better.
If you want
to contact me, please do so right here at KJLS-FM in Hays, KS 67601 or
e-mail address is email@example.com.
My website is www.frmikescully.com where you will
find meditations on these songs
and some great movies and a transcript of the show.
You can catch us on the web every Sunday
this time as well, as we live stream Mix 103.
Just go to www.hayspost.com and click on Mix
103. A special hello to those who were
with us for the Student Council Workshop last week.
It was great as usual.
Before we go, a final thought from a man
by the name of Jacopo Sannazaro: “Man is
only miserable so far as he thinks himself so.”
Now, that is one great thought.
And my commentary: if we think we are
going to be miserable, we probably
will be—and that is an issue. But if
think that we are going to be happy, we probably will be—and that
will help us
take care of our issues. As
you listen to the group Imagine Dragons and their number 1 song
I remind you to hold a good thought. My
name is Fr. Mike Scully. Peace to you,
and be good.
1 BELIEVER / Imagine
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Mike Scully is a member of the Capuchin