November 29, 2020

"What Can Bring about Harmony?"

Part 1

            Hello Central Kansas and around the world!  Happy close of the Thanksgiving weekend to you, and I hope it was a good one for you.  Right now, thank you for joining us this last Sunday of November 2020 as we are right on top of the Christmas season beginning Advent in the Christian world.  Welcome to “Message at the Top.”  Get set for the top 10 songs of our area right now as determined by the research from your requests, and get ready for some top 10 songs of the past as well.  I am Fr. Mike Scully, and you have your dial set to today’s best music Mix 103, number one in Central Kansas.  Our show gives you both the songs and the meanings of the songs.  Our motto continues to be to enjoy the music, and at the same time, listen to the message with the knowledge that the message will really help our lives.  Our number 1 song last week was from Jason Derulo.  We’ll see if he stays there today.
            Bette Midler will be 75 years old on Tuesday, one of the grand ladies of popular music, and her most famous song for me anyway is a song that was actually written in 1985 by American singer songwriter Julie Gold.  Then Christian artist Nancy Griffin recorded it among many others, but the most successful version of it was by Bette Midler which became a major hit in 1990.  An incredible song for rock music.  Basically, it says, God is watching from a distance, therefore we should change some behaviors.  “From a distance”, she sings, there is harmony”—like we are “instruments playing in a common band,” playing “songs of peace, songs of hope, the song for everyone.”  God is watching from that distance and from that point of view, there is “no war, there are no guns, there is no disease, everyone looks as if they could be friends even though they are at war.”  But up close it is a different story.  From a distance, it is what should be; up close, it is the reality you and I experience—often far from what should be.  So the conclusion of the song: we had better want to do something about what’s happening.  You had better watch because if you do, you will change. 
            There are a number of themes that one could pull from the song because it is such a powerful song, and the one that I like is the way it begins: “From a distance, there is harmony.”  That is, from God’s point of view, there are absolutely no factions at all, and everyone is playing an instrument in a common band.  Harmony—what can bring about harmony in the world and in individual lives.  Let’s make that our theme as we close out November and move into December this week.
            This is the number one song of meaning according to MATT of the year 1990, the Grammy song of the year in 1991, from her album “Some People’s Lives” and her song and our theme today “From A Distance” on MATT. 
(double)     FROM A DISTANCE / Bette Midler
                               9 ILY (I LOVE YOU Baby) / Surf Mesa f/ Emilee
 
Part 2
            New to the top 10 at number 9 and our theme next week, Powell Aguirre better known as Surf Mesa and Emilee and their song ILY (I Love You, Baby) on MATT.  It is a love song, of course, given the title, but very few words.  In fact, the whole song is made up of these words: “I love you, baby, and if it’s quite all right, I need you, baby, to warm these lonely nights.  I love you, baby.  Trust me when I say”—and then the same verse a number of times.  Obvious, it is a love relationship and he is doing two things right, I believe: first, he is communicating directly to the one loved, and second, saying that “if” it is okay, then the love can happen.  He is asking her permission in a sense, implying that the lady in the relationship must give her consent before he will begin the love from his point of view.  I believe that is important for a relationship and if there is to be a harmony between them, our theme today, both must want the relationship to happen.
            Our first triple play of the day begins with two “break” songs, and we have two more in our music schedule on today’s show.  The person in the song “grew up in a small town,” she sings, “and the rain would fall down, I just stared out my window, dreaming of what could be, and if I’d end up happy I would pray.  Trying hard to reach out, but when I’d try to speak out, felt like no one could hear me.  Wanted to belong here, so I pray I could breakaway.  I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly.  I’ll do what it takes till I touch the sky.  I’ll make a wish, take a chance, make a change, and breakaway.”  She wants to get out of the place where she grew up, and move on with her life, “travel on a jet plane, far away” she sings.  When we put her thought into our theme today, she is going to break away because there was no communication, and therefore very little harmony.  For her to gain some harmony, there will have to be some direct communication.  This is from her album named after the song, a story from Kelly Clarkson called “Breakaway” from 2004 on MATT. 
(triple)        BREAKAWAY / Kelly Clarkson
                   BREAK ME / Jewel
                               5 BEFORE YOU GO / Lewis Capaldi
 
Part 3
            MATT presenting number 5 right now from Lewis Capaldi’s album “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent,” and his song “Before You Go”.  It is a song about good human behavior.  “All I hear were the words I needed to say.  When you hurt under the surface like troubled water running cold, well, time can heal but this won’t.  So, before you go, was there something I could have said to make your heart beat better?  If only I’d had known you had a storm to weather.  So before you go, was there something I could have said to make it all stop hurting.”  As I say, a very good attitude I believe.  He is trying to figure out how he hurt her, hopefully so he wouldn’t do it again in another relationship.  With this type of attitude, he is saying that in his future love relationships, he wants real harmony, our theme today, and not what he had with the last relationship because he has learned his lesson.
            Before him, MATT presented Jewel Kilcher better known simply as Jewel from her album “This Way” and her song “Break Me” one of the four “break” songs on our playlist today.  “I warn you,” the girl in the relationship sings to her boyfriend, “I have thorns like any rose, and you could hurt me with the sharp end of what you say.  But I’m lost to you now, and there’s no amount of reason that could save me.  So break me, take me, just let me feel your arms again.  Break me, I’ll let you make me; just let me feel your love again.”  She is begging him to love her, and that seems incredible, because in the song, he has hurt her in the past.  This is no way to build a love relationship, and in terms of our theme, the only way to bring harmony between the two of them is for her to discover that she does not need this person to feel whole again.
            Every song has a message, and that is what we are all about here on MATT—discovering the messages located in the songs, and with our theme today, what can bring about harmony in our lives.  Our lead song came from birthday person Bette Midler and her 1990 song “From a Distance.”  I’m Fr. Mike inviting you to stay with us.  After a short break, we will continue to learn from the songs of our show.  We need these breaks so that we can thank our sponsors from time to time.  Let me take you to that break with a thought from my quote book, and it is marked anonymous: “It is just as easy to expect the best as to look for the worst.”  That is pretty good and if we really know it, it could bring about a lot of harmony in our lives.  Your dial is set for learning, media-style by popular music—Mix 103 and you are listening to “Message at the Top”.
COMMERCIAL BREAK
 
Part 4
            You, my friends, are in tune with MATT, your top 10 show of the best mix of music around these parts, Mix 103.  We call our show MATT because we take the top 10 songs of our area, and study their messages in the hopes that our lives that are often so complicated because of our lifestyles, those lives can be better by using the messages of the songs that we play.  I’m Fr. Mike, your host, and it is great to have you with us this last Sunday of November.  The theme that we are using today came from an excellent song from Bette Midler and her classic “From a Distance.”  That theme is “What Can Bring about Harmony?”
            Let’s begin this half-hour of music and message with what I call a classic song from John Mayer.  It places blame on people who are responsible for some evil in our world.  “Me and my friends,” he sings, “we’re all misunderstood.  They say we stand for nothing and there’s no way we ever could.  Now we see everything that’s going wrong with the world, and those who lead it.  We just feel like we don’t have the means to rise above and beat it.  So we keep waiting, waiting for the world to change.  It’s hard to beat the system, when we’re standing at a distance.  Now if we had the power to bring our neighbors home from war, they would have never missed a Christmas, no more ribbons on their door.”  And he says that his generation is going to change some things: “One day our generation is gonna rule the population,” he sings, and the implicit statement is that—then, things will change.  He is singing with confidence that he and his generation can change the future.  And if they can, it certainly will bring about harmony, our theme today.  So, let’s work on bringing about that change!  Yes, indeed. MATT presenting here the song that MATT chose as the number 2 song of meaning of 2007 from his album “Continuum,” “Waiting On The World To Change,” John Mayer on MATT.
(double)    WAITING ON THE WORLD TO CHANGE / John Mayer
                               BREAKEVEN / The Script
 
Part 5
            The third of our four break songs this morning, from the group The Script from Ireland from their album named after them and a former number 1 song “Breakeven”, one of the top songs of meaning of 2010.  Their song is one of severe pain, pain that has been brought on by the man in the relationship.  "I’m still alive," they sing the thoughts of the man, "but I’m barely breathing, 'cause I got time while she got freedom, 'cause when a heart breaks it don’t break even.  Her best days will be some of my worst; she finally met a man that’s gonna put her first; while I’m wide awake she’s no trouble sleeping; I’m falling to pieces.  They say bad things happen for a reason, but no wise words gonna stop the bleeding."  Bad things do happen for a reason, and in this case, he did not put the other person first, and now he's paying the price.  If we want to bring about harmony, our theme today, we will learn somewhere along the line that we must put other people first.
            Yet another triple now as we keep the music and message coming and coming this last Sunday of November.  The fourth of our four break songs is up for us next beginning with the group Linkin Park.  The group is thinking of bad habits in their song as they sing: “I don’t want to be the one the battles always choose ‘cause inside I realize that I’m the one confused.  I don’t know what’s worth fighting for or why I have to scream.  I don’t know why I instigate and say what I don’t mean.  I don’t know how I got this way.  I know it’s not alright, so I’m breaking the habit tonight.  Clutching my cure, I tightly lock the door.”  The person in the song realizes that he has gotten himself into some very bad habits, and he is bound and determined that he will break the habits, and he says he is finding the cure.  That is certainly a way to bring about harmony in his life, our theme today.  MATT presenting from their album “Meteora,” 2004, the group Linkin Park and their song “Breaking the Habit” on MATT.
(triple)     BREAKING THE HABIT / Linkin Park
                               OOPS I DID IT AGAIN / Britney Spears
                               10 BE LIKE THAT / Kane Brown f/ Swae Lee & Khalid
 
Part 6
            MATT presenting Kane Brown there featuring Swae Lee and Khalid at number 10, “Be Like That”.  It is a song all about feelings.  Kane Brown explains: "It's about all the different feelings you can have in a relationship.  And trying not to overthink it.  When it gets tough, you want to be on your own, but then you miss the person a second later.  I think it's something everyone goes through."  “I might be better on my own,” he sings, “I hate you blowing up my phone.  I wish I’d never met up.  Sometimes it be like that, but I’m not myself the nights you’re gone.  There ain’t no way I’m moving on.  I’m afraid to need you bad, sometimes it be like that.”  And as he said, the rest of the song shows a relationship he wants, but then doesn’t want.  As we think of bringing about harmony this morning, the only way to bring about a personal harmony with relationships is to finally discover what our real feelings are about another.
            Before them, we wished happy birthday to Britney Spears who will be 39 years old this week.  It came from the songs of meaning of the year 2000 and her song, “Oops, I Did It Again”.  She sings: “I think I did it again, I made you believe we’re more than just friends.  It might seem like a crush, but it doesn’t mean that I’m serious: that is just so typically me.  Oops, I did it again, I played with your heart, got lost in the game.”  One of the most difficult moments for a young man—in this case, but it happens for young women from their boyfriends as well—is the time when the other in the relationship says that it is not serious.  If we want to bring harmony, our theme today, when we break up with someone, it should not be because of something that we have done to hurt another. 
            And we have played our way to a brief pause.  In our next segment, get ready for music from / in order of appearance Ava Max, Melissa Etheridge, the group AJR, Michelle Branch, the group Coldplay and The Weeknd.  Leading us into our break, here is a thought from author Michael Angier: “Recognize that everything you do, every step you take, every sentence you write, every word you speak—or don’t speak—counts.  Nothing is trivial.  The world may be big, but there are no small things.  Everything matters.”  That is a pretty good thought, and if everyone of us understood it, there would be a little more harmony in our world.  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 the last Sunday of November together, what the Christian world calls the First Sunday of Advent as we prepare for Christmas.  I hope today is a good one for you.  This is “Message at the Top”.  I’m Fr. Mike, ready to begin our second hour together and lead you without interruption through another 30 minutes of music and message today, and all of our songs this morning are working on a theme which takes the songs’ meanings, and asks them about how to bring about harmony in our lives and in the world.
            We begin this second hour with the number 2 song on our playlist this morning.  It comes from Amanda Ava Koci better known as Ava Max and as I have mentioned, could very well be an anthem of feminism.  “If all of the kings had their queens on the throne, we would pop champagne and raise a toast to all the queens who are fighting alone.  You’re not dancin’ on your own.  Can’t live without me, you wanna, but you can’t.  Think it’s funny, but honey, can’t run this show on your own.  I’ll show you how a real queen behaves.  No damsel in distress, don’t need to save me.  Once I start breathin’ fire, you can’t tame me.  Disobey me, then, it’s off with your head, gonna change it and make it a world you won’t forget.”  It is a dancing song to be sure, but it’s all about the importance of women, and as we speak of harmony today, one of the important ways to bring about harmony in our world is to establish a healthy respect for everyone including of course women.  This is Ava Max and her song “Kings and Queens” from her album “Heaven and Hell” moving up to number 2 right now on MATT.
(triple)       2 KINGS AND QUEENS / Ava Max
                   BREATHE / Melissa Etheridge
                               6 BANG / AJR
 
Part 8
            That was the trio AJR named after the group’s first names Adam, Jack and Ryan Metzger, and their song is called “Bang!” at number 6 on MATT.  It is a song about relaxation before the challenges of maturity.  According to the singers, they wrote the song 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 heck 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 heck of a ride but I'm thinkin' it's time to go (bang! bang! bang!) (here we go)”.  I cleaned up the expletive.  As young people grow into maturity, they soon discover that they have to really work at maturity in order to bring about harmony in the world, our theme today.
            Before them, we heard the first of three “breathe” songs on our show today.  It came from Melissa Etheridge’s album “Lucky,” and a song of pain, “Breathe” being the name of the song.  “I played the fool today,” she began her song, “and I just dream on vanishing into the crowd.  Longing for home again, and home is a feeling I’m buried in you.”  But, she is not buried in him.  “I’m alright, it only hurts when I breathe,” she sings.  Which of course is all the time.  The song doesn’t say why they had the breakup, but one can be sure there were things said that they both should be sorry for.  Once again we suggest that if we want to bring harmony to our world, our theme today, we have to learn the art of breaking up a little better.
            And let’s begin this next triple play with another “Breathe” song, this one from Michelle Branch.  She sings that the presence of someone else, someone whom she loves, moves her to life.  She sings: “If I just breathe, let it fill the space in between, I’ll know everything is alright; breathe, if I just breathe.”  She speaks directly to her lover: “Tell me why I should stay, cause I don’t want to waste another moment in saying things we never meant to say.”  She is talking to him directly—truly communicating with him, saying with her presence that his presence moves her to life.  Communication is the single most important part of building up any relationship.  We’ve said that a number of times on this show, and because it comes up so often, we will say it a number of more times.  Perhaps the most important way to bring about harmony, our theme today, is to learn to communicate with the important people in our lives.  This is the song “Breathe” again, this time from Michelle Branch from the year 2003 from her album “Hotel Paper” on MATT.
(triple)       BREATHE / Michelle Branch
                               VIVA LA VIDA / Coldplay
                               3 BLINDING LIGHTS / The Weeknd
 
Part 9
            That was Canadian singer Abel Makkonen Testfaye, better known as The Weeknd and his song from his album “After Hours,” “Blinding Lights”, number 3 on MATT.  It is about someone who made a mistake and let a relationship go, and he’s begging her to come back.  The man in the relationship considers his girlfriend to be a blinding light.  “I’ve been tryna call, I’ve been on my own for long enough.  Maybe you can show me how to love.  I’m going through withdrawals.  You don’t even have to do too much; you can turn me on with just a touch.  I said, I’m blinded by the lights, I can’t sleep until I feel your touch.  I will never let you go this time.”  In the song, as long as his fiancée is coming back, there will be harmony in his life, our theme today, but if she doesn’t, there will be sometime when he will be searching for a little more harmony.
            Before him, we heard the group Coldplay, from their album named after the song, “Viva La Vida”.  The first verse establishes the setting: "I used to rule the world, seas would rise when I gave the word.  Now in the morning I sleep alone, sweep the streets I used to own."  Then the group goes on to explain what this person, this king in the song, had and what happened: "Listen as the crowd would sing, 'Now the old king is dead.'  One minute I held the key, next the walls were closed on me, and I discovered that my castle stands upon pillars of salt, and pillars of sand."  Then they sing a refrain that puts this downfall into poetry: "I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing, Roman cavalry choirs are singing.  Be my mirror, my sword and shield, my missionaries in a foreign field.  For some reason I can’t explain, once you’d gone, it was never, never an honest word.  That was when I ruled the world."  The person in the song "used to rule the world"; now, he says, "I sweep the streets I used to own."  Probably singing about a love failure, but I apply it to life.  In life, a person will have ups and downs, and often because of those ups and downs, a person just might give up, but we have to allow those moments of being “up” to lift us up, and if we do, we will be well on our way to bring about harmony, our theme today.  Interesting song to study.  Coldplay is one interesting group and all of their songs have really interesting videos.
            These songs have so much to say at times.  We will continue to listen to our top 10 in just a few minutes.  Our theme is the idea of finding some ways to help with pain.  Get ready for a final segment that will give you Billy Idol, Anna Nalick, Jason Derulo, 24KGoldn, Gabby Barrett along with Charlie Puth and Justin Bieber, one of those being the number 1 song in our country right now.  First, here is a very practical thought from Albert Einstein, not only a brilliant man, but a very wise man with regard to all of our lives: “Not everything that counts can be counted, / and not everything that can be counted counts.”  Important to remember this time of year, I believe, and that man always gave us lessons that can bring about harmony.  My name is Fr. Mike; this show is MATT; this station is the Mix, and we’ll be right back!
COMMERCIAL BREAK
 
Part 10
            Every song has a message, and most of the time that message will help our lives.  Such is our thought as we continue on MATT.  Welcome back to the show that gives you the top 10 of today and yesterday along with their messages.  We call it MATT.  I’m your host, Fr. Mike, and we have taken off from an idea from birthday person Bette Midler and her song “From a Distance” and we’re talking about some ways to being about harmony in our lives both personal and national.
            Our last half-hour together this Thanksgiving weekend will begin with a song about holiness in a sense.  As the artist said in Vogue magazine, “I wanted to rededicate myself to God ... because I really felt it was better for the condition of my soul.  And I believe that God blessed me with Hailey (that is Hailey Baldwin his wife) as a result."  “I hear a lot about sinners;” he begins his song, “Don’t think that I’ll be a saint, but I might go down to the river ‘cause the way that the sky opens up when we touch.  It’s making me say that the way you hold me, feels so holy.  On God runnin to the altar like a track star, can’t wait another second ‘cause the way you hold me feels so holy.”  And a person who feels whole or holy is certainly going to bring about harmony is his life, our theme today, and maybe in the world as well.  This is Mr. Justin Bieber along with Chancelor Jonathan Bennett better known as Chance the Rapper, and their song “Holy” at number 8 on MATT. 
(triple)       8 HOLY / Justin Bieber f/ Chance the Rapper
                   MONY, MONY / Billy Idol
                               4 I HOPE / Gabby Barrett & Charlie Puth
 
Part 11
            MATT presenting number 4 this week from Gabby Barrett and Charlie Puth and their song “I Hope” from Gabby Barrett’s album “Goldmine” on the country charts.  The song is the scenario of a lady who knows that her boyfriend has cheated on her, and she is out to get him as he is choosing to be with another girl.  “I hope she makes you smile the way it made me smile on the other end of a phone in the middle of a highway driving alone.  I hope you hear a song that makes you sing along and gets you thinking ‘bout her.  I hope she comes along and wrecks every one of your plans.  And then I hope she cheats like you did on me.”  Revenge is never a way to make one’s life better, and will easily destroy the harmony that the world desires, our theme today. 
            Before them, we wished happy rowdy birthday to Billy Idol who will be 65 tomorrow.  We celebrated it with one of my favorite 80’s songs, “Mony Mony”.  Originally it was released by Tommy James and the Shondells in 1968 and I do remember them.  Billy Idol re-released it in 1987.  It is a love song to a girl by the name of Mony who makes the person in the song feel so good.  That’s the entire message, and you know, that’s not a bad thought.  Love makes us feel better about life; I’m speaking of romantic love there, of course, as does the song.  But a general statement could be made as well: if we want to make ourselves feel better about life, we ought to take the time to practice true love of all.  And if we manage to do that, we will accomplish our theme—bring harmony to our world.  And we need both love and harmony in the worst way right now.
            Our last double play begins with a song about moodiness and it was our theme last week when we spoke about different ways to overcome moodiness.  “Why you always in a mood?” the man in the relationship begins the song, “foolin around, actin brand new.  I ain’t tryna tell you what to do, but try to play it cool.  I ain’t playin by your rules: everything look better with a view.  I could never get attached.  When I start to feel, I unattach, somehow I always end up feeling bad.  I’m not your dad.  I just want your company.  We play games of love to avoid the depression.  We been here before and I won’t be your victim.”  I cleaned up the language a little, but the man in the relationship is well aware that in order to have any harmony in their relationship, our theme today, she will have to control her moodiness, and his also, since as I said last week, we are all a little moody.  This is American rapper singer songwriter Golden Landis Von Jones better known 24KGoldn featuring Puerto Rican rapper Michael Ian Olmo better known as Iann Dior and their song “Mood” at number 7 on MATT.
(double)    7 MOOD / 24KGoldn f/ Iann Dior
                               BREATHE (2 AM) / Anna Nalick
 
Part 12
            Our third “breathe” song on our music schedule to day, namely “Breathe (2 am)” from Anna Nalick from her album “Wreck of the Day” from our songs of meaning of 2005.  She is a 34 year old singer/songwriter from California.  “You can’t jump the track;” she sang there, “we’re like cars on a cable, and life’s like an hourglass, glued to the table.  No one can find the rewind button, so cradle your head in your hands and breathe.”  All three verses are about tough situations—a friend of hers who has messed up her life because of love, another friend who is drinking himself to death, and yet another person—probably her—who will be made fun of by someone else—all three leading one possibly to despair, but her advice is excellent—take your time and breathe.  In terms of our theme, if you manage to do that, you will bring harmony to your life, and maybe it will spread to our world.
            And the number 1 song for three weeks in a row is from Jason Joel Desruleaux with the song produced by Jawsh 685, and “Savage Love”.  The lady in the relationship is being negative toward the man.  But from his point of view, he wants the love between her and him to be honest and good, savage in the sense of very strong although it is difficult to define “savage love.”  “If I woke up without you, I don’t know what I would do,” he sings, “Thought I could be single forever ‘til I met you.  I just found out, the only reason that you lovin’ me was to get back at your ex-lover, but before you leave—usually I would never even care.  Every night and every day I try to make you stay, but your savage love, I still want that.”  In my humble opinion, as I have mentioned with the song he ought to move on in his love life, because he will not have much harmony in his life, our theme today, until he does.
            We have talked of that—some ways to bring about harmony—today, and there were a number of great lessons that the songs teach us, I believe.  My prayer for you and for me is that we will find harmony amidst the situations that we are in, and that we will give harmony to the situations of our world.  My thanks to our producers and to our sponsors, in particular Holy Family Elementary School, Hays Car and Truck Alignment, and TMP-Marian Junior and Senior High School in Hays.  If you want to contact me by mail, I hope you do so at KJLS-FM, Hays, KS, 67601 or my e-mail address is frmikescully@yahoo.com.  My website is www.frmikescully.com where you will find meditations on these songs and some great movies as well.  And you can catch us on the web every Sunday morning at 10 as well by tuning to www.hayspost.com and clicking on Mix 103.  Before we listen to the number 1 song in our country and area right now, let me give you another thought for this upcoming week.  It comes from Cheryl Hanson quoting her father Jim Hanson, the Muppets creator, at Hanson’s funeral, and it’s a relatively famous quote: “I believe in taking a positive attitude toward the world.  My hope is to leave the world a little better than when I got here.”  Great thought there.  That is a thought that can bring about true harmony.  As you listen to the number 1 song from Jason Derulo and Jawsh 685 and their song “Savage Love”, may I remind you that you are in tune with today’s best music Mix 103, and our advice, among all the other positive things we have given you today is to hold a good thought.  My name is Fr. Mike Scully.  Be safe, peace to you, and be good.
1 SAVAGE LOVE / Jason Derulo and Jawsh 685

 

November 22, 2020

"Some Ways to Overcome Moodiness"

Part 1

            Hello Central Kansas and around the world and happy Thanksgiving which comes this week, at least those of you in the United States.  Welcome to MATT on today’s best music Mix 103.  It’s great to have you with us today as we look at the top 10 songs of yesterday and today.  I’m Fr. Mike Scully, your host for MATT and it’s my pleasure to serve us up some great songs and some great messages.  We take the most popular songs of the past 40 years and talk about their messages and exactly what that should mean for us.  The guiding thought of our show is to enjoy the music, and listen to the message!
            As we approach the Thanksgiving weekend, we know that in one way or another, we all should be considering some things for which we could be thankful.  Because of the virus, Thanksgiving will be something entirely different this year but how ever it is celebrated, we hope you have a happy one and that you and your friends enjoy yourselves as much as you can.  We will get through this!
            I officiate at a number of weddings in my line of work, and therefore I do a lot of marriage preparation.  That’s interesting itself—a celibate male giving marriage preparation.  Whatever, there is a question on a questionnaire which I give to pre-marriage people which the couple can answer agree, disagree, or uncertain.  It is a question which most couples disagree on which reads: “My future spouse has a tendency to be moody.”  The test wants the couple to answer “disagree,” but most either say “agree” or “uncertain.”  Moodiness is a problem with anyone trying to prepare for marriage.
            And “moodiness” is the topic of a top 10 song write now.  “Why you always in a mood?” the man in the relationship begins the song, “foolin around, actin brand new.  I ain’t tryna tell you what to do, but try to play it cool.  I ain’t playin by your rules: everything look better with a view.  I could never get attached.  When I start to feel, I unattach, somehow I always end up feeling bad.  I’m not your dad.  I just want your company.  We play games of love to avoid the depression.  We been here before and I won’t be your victim.”  I cleaned up the language a little, but as I say, moods, and it can easily lead to a theme that we can ask our songs as we gather this Sunday.
            I think that most of us will agree that there is moodiness in our world, and probably most of us would agree that being moody tends to destroy relationships.  With that in mind, let’s be a little positive in our approach this morning, and ask this question of our songs: “What are some ways to overcome moodiness?”            Let, begin our show with the song from American rapper singer songwriter Golden Landis Von Jones better known 24KGoldn featuring Puerto Rican rapper Michael Ian Olmo better known as Iann Dior and their song appropriately named “Mood” at number 6 on MATT.
(double)     6 MOOD / 24KGoldn f/ Iann Dior
                               ONLY HUMAN / Jonas Brothers
 
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            A song from last year, the Jonas Brothers from their album “Happiness Begins” and their song “Only Human” on MATT.  “You got all my love to spend,” the man in the relationship sings, “We gonna dance in my living room, slave to the way you move, hurts when I’m leaving you.  Love with an attitude, drunk to an 80’s groove.  It’s only human, you know that it’s real, so why would you fight or try to deny the way you feel?  You can’t fool me, stop pretending you’re shy, just come on and dance, dance, dance, dance.”  In terms of our theme, the title of being only human could easily describe that the man or woman is moody, and the way to overcome it they would suggest, would be to dance, and it might help, but I think they must do a couple more things.
            Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving right now with a triple play of the only songs on our playlist with the word “Thank” in their titles.  This first one is an English singer/songwriter born in London in 1971.  “My tea’s gone cold,” she begins her song here, “I’m wondering why I got out of bed at all.  The morning rain clouds up my window, and I can’t see at all, and even if I could, it’d all be gray”—now that is excellent imagery of real negativity, but the song is just the opposite, because even though she has those negative feelings, she goes on to say, “But your picture on my wall—it reminds me that it’s not so bad.”  And the person in the song goes on to thank her boyfriend.  As we will say with all three of these “thank” songs, being thankful for something can often lead one to get out of being moody.  This is a former number 1, the number 1 song of meaning of 2001 in MATT’s opinion from her album “No Angel,” Dido, and her actual name is quite long, but she goes by the name of Dido, actually her first name.  Her song is “Thank You” a great Thanksgiving song on MATT. 
(triple)       THANK YOU / Dido
                               THANK YOU, NEXT / Ariana Grande
                               THANK U / Alanis Morissette
 
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            A classic Thanksgiving song, 1998 was the year, Alanis Morissette, “Thank U” from her album “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie” on MATT.  She is a lady whose recording history began in Ottawa, Canada, and now has sold over 60 million albums world-wide.  She is quite an accomplished actress as well.  She explained this song this way “Basically, I had never stopped in my whole life,” she said, “hadn’t taken a long breath, and I took a year and a half off and basically learned how to do that.  When I did stop and I was silent and I breathed, I was ready to deal with things.  I was left with an immense amount of gratitude, and inspiration, and love and bliss, and that’s where the song came from.”  And so, she thanks India, terror, disillusionment, frailty, consequence, clarity, nothingness, and especially silence.  What a great idea.  It is the proverbial, “take the time to smell the roses” type of story, and she is thankful that she had the opportunity.  For her, life means saying thank you to someone, and it will help with any moodiness in her life, our theme today.
            Before her, we heard a different Thanksgiving type song from Ariana Grande Butera better known as Ariana Grande, and her song, “Thank You, Next”.  It is a clever song that one can study, maybe along with the video.  The message is a very good one but she approaches it in a different way.  The message is that of thanking all of the people who have helped her understand love a little more.  First of all, she thanks her boyfriends, then she seems to thank her girlfriends, and in particular one girlfriend named Ari.  The song makes us think one thing about her life which really isn’t true, but the message is the important thing.  I have problems with the language, and how I wish artists did not use the language they do, but nonetheless it has a message that says that we have to be thankful no matter what happens, and that includes when one or someone else is moody, our theme today.
            Our pre-Thanksgiving show of MATT is on your radio right now, coming from the studios of Mix 103 in Hays, KS and my room at St. Conrad’s Friary in Lawrence, KS.  During the show, we are concentrating on the top 10 songs right now, and especially the song “Mood” from 24KGoldn and Iann Dior, and up next for you, we have music from Maroon 5, AJR, Five for Fighting, Kane Brown and Gabby Barrett along with Charlie Puth.  Before we go to break, here is a thought about thankfulness coming from an old proverb: “Who does not thank for little / will not thank for much.”  Good thought—therefore be thankful even for little things.  Stay with us, this is today’s best music Mix 103 and MATT.
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Part 4
            You are in tune with “Message at the Top,” your top 10 show on the best mix of music in this area, Mix 103.  Welcome back to the songs which have been the most popular in this area as we celebrate Thanksgiving during this week.  We take the top 10 of today and yesterday and study their messages, and then, call our show MATT.  Our thought is that you can enjoy the music, and at the same time, you should listen to the message.  I’m your host, Fr. Mike.  It’s great to have you here.  We have taken our theme from the season we are celebrating, as well as from 24KGoldn and Iann Dior and their song “Mood” and our theme is: “Some ways to overcome moodiness.”
            Let’s go to an excellent song from 2001 to begin this segment of our show.  I love to interpret this song.  Ostensibly, it is a song that the character Superman would sing, saying basically that even though he is Superman, faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, and so forth—even though he is Superman, he is someone who needs help because it is not easy to be who he is.  “Wish that I could cry, fall upon my knees, find a way to lie about a home I’ll never see.”  I interpret it in a much deeper way.  I believe that the song is actually about each one of us who in one way or another act as though we have it all together, and actually we don’t.  We present an image to others that many times is that of someone in complete control—like a superman—but in reality we are struggling to be who we are, and we are not happy with the picture many times.  We say, with this Superman, “it’s not easy to be me.”  Consequently, we are hurting and it can cause bad moods, our theme today.  The way to get out of the mood is to know that everyone of us is a superman or superwoman, even though we do not feel it at times.  This is Vladamir John Ondrasik III better known as Five For Fighting, and his song “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” from his album “America Town” on MATT.
(double)    SUPERMAN (IT’S NOT EASY) / Five for Fighting
                               4 I HOPE / Gabby Barrett & Charlie Puth
 
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            MATT presenting number 4 this week from Gabby Barrett and Charlie Puth and their song “I Hope” from Gabby Barrett’s album “Goldmine” on the country charts.  The song is the scenario of a lady who knows that her boyfriend has cheated on her, and she is out to get him as he is choosing to be with another girl.  “I hope she makes you smile the way it made me smile on the other end of a phone in the middle of a highway driving alone.  I hope you hear a song that makes you sing along and gets you thinking ‘bout her.  I hope she comes along and wrecks every one of your plans.  And then I hope she cheats like you did on me.”  Revenge is never a way to make one’s life better.  Moodiness often causes revenge and therefore both must be kept under control if we want to be better people.
            Let’s close off our first hour together this pre-Thanksgiving weekend with a song about feelings.  The artist explains: "It's about all the different feelings you can have in a relationship.  And trying not to overthink it.  When it gets tough, you want to be on your own, but then you miss the person a second later.  I think it's something everyone goes through."  “I might be better on my own,” he sings, “I hate you blowing up my phone.  I wish I’d never met up.  Sometimes it be like that, but I’m not myself the nights you’re gone.  There ain’t no way I’m moving on.  I’m afraid to need you bad, sometimes it be like that.”  And as he said, the rest of the song shows a relationship he wants, but then doesn’t want.  As we think of moodiness, it is exactly what they are describing here, and the way out of it for this relationship is to come to a real understanding about whether or not the relationship is going to work out.  MATT presenting Kane Brown featuring Swae Lee and Khalid at number 7, “Be Like That” on MATT. 
(triple)     7 BE LIKE THAT / Kane Brown f/ Swae Lee & Khalid
                               MEMORIES / Maroon 5
                               8 BANG / AJR
 
Part 6
            That was the trio AJR named after the group’s first names Adam, Jack and Ryan Metzger, and their song is called “Bang!” at number 8 on MATT.  It is a song about relaxation before the challenges of maturity.  According to the singers, they wrote the song 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 heck 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 heck of a ride but I'm thinkin' it's time to go (bang! bang! bang!) (here we go)”.  I cleaned up the expletive.  As young people grow into maturity, one of the problems that they must be aware of is that being moody will destroy mature relationships.
            Before them, we heard a number 1 song for fourteen weeks in a row from Maroon 5 and their song “Memories”.  “Here’s to the ones that we got,” they sing, “Cheers to the wish you were here but you’re not.  ‘Cause the drinks bring back all the memories of everything we’ve been through. Toast to the ones here today, toast to the ones we lost on the way ‘cause the drinks bring back all the memories and the memories bring back you.  There’s a time that I remember when I did not know pain, when I believed in forever and everything would stay the same.  Now my heart feels like December when somebody says your name ‘cause I can’t reach out to call you.  But I know I will one day.  Everybody hurts sometimes, everything will be alright.”  So some pain, but I like their statement of hope—fitting into our theme, being people who can hope is going to be a way to overcome our moodiness.
            We are talking about the top songs of our land from the present and the past according to Mediabase 24-7 on MATT.  Our theme this morning has come from 24KGoldn and Iann Dior and their song “Mood.”  We are also anticipating Thanksgiving this week, and here’s another quote on Thanksgiving, this one from Abraham Lincoln as he proclaimed the holiday on October 3, 1863: “It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people.  I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwells in the heavens.”  Not bad, Abe—I really agree with his statement, of course.  This is today’s best music Mix 103 and MATT.
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Part 7
            We are back for “Message at the Top” and we welcome you to the continuation of the top 10 songs of our area 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.  Our thought always is to enjoy the music, and to listen to the message.  I am Fr. Mike, your host for MATT, and we are pursuing a theme that was given to us 24KGoldn and Iann Dior and the theme is “What are Some Ways to Overcome Moodiness.”
            What does the song at number 3 say about that?  Well, let’s ask Lewis Capaldi because he is at number 3 this morning and a song about good human behavior.  “All I hear were the words I needed to say.  When you hurt under the surface like troubled water running cold, well, time can heal but this won’t.  So, before you go, was there something I could have said to make your heart beat better?  If only I’d had known you had a storm to weather.  So before you go, was there something I could have said to make it all stop hurting.”  As I say, a very good attitude I believe.  He is trying to figure out how he hurt her, hopefully so he wouldn’t do it again in another relationship.  With this type of attitude, he probably will have a pretty good control of his moodiness.  MATT presenting number 3 right now from Lewis Capaldi’s album “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent,” and his song “Before You Go” on MATT.
(triple)       3 BEFORE YOU GO / Lewis Capaldi
                   BOTTLE IT UP / Sara Bareilles
                               2 BLINDING LIGHTS / The Weeknd
                                                    
Part 8
            That was Canadian singer Abel Makkonen Testfaye, better known as The Weeknd and his song from his album “After Hours,” “Blinding Lights”, number 2 on MATT.  It is a record-breaking song about someone who made a mistake and let a relationship go, and he’s begging her to come back.  This was number 1 over a period of 19 weeks, and finally is at number 2 now.  The man in the relationship considers his girlfriend to be a blinding light.  “I’ve been tryna call, I’ve been on my own for long enough.  Maybe you can show me how to love.  I’m going through withdrawals.  You don’t even have to do too much; you can turn me on with just a touch.  I said, I’m blinded by the lights, I can’t sleep until I feel your touch.  I will never let you go this time.”  In the song, as long as his fiancée is coming back, he will not be moody, but if she doesn’t, you can bet that there will be moodiness present in his life, at least until he gets into another good relationship.
            Before him, we heard from Sara Beth Bareilles from her album “Little Voice,” and her song “Bottle It Up” from 2007.  Her song begins: “There’ll be girls across the nation that will eat this up.  I know it’s your soul, but you could bottle it up and get down to the heart of it.  No it’s my heart—you’re out of luck.  Don’t make me tell you my love.  I am aiming to be somebody this somebody trusts with her delicate soul.  I don’t claim to know much except soon as you start to make room for the parts that aren’t you, it gets harder to bloom in a garden of love.  Only thing I ever could need, only one good thing worth trying to be, and it’s love.”  And the problem is: he’s not living his part of the bargain, she says.  And that causes pain, and as we said before, that cause moodiness, our theme today.  The way to help with it is for every one of us to really try to keep our part of any bargain we make, and that will help with our moods.
            Let’s begin this next triple play with a high song of meaning from 2009.  As I have studied the song, I believe that their song can be viewed as a song in which the man is hurting for whatever reason, and is asking for help.  “I’ve been roaming around,” the group sings, “always looking down at all I see—painted faces fill the places I can’t reach.  You know that I could use somebody, someone like you, and all you know and how you speak.  I hope it’s gonna make you notice someone like me.”  The song is a challenge to a person who might care for another because I look at it as a cry for help, and he is certainly in a mood.  The way out of it, our theme today, is for somebody he likes to really begin caring for him.  This is from the group Kings of Leon who spent a number of weeks at number 1 with the song.  It comes from their album “Only by the Night,” and their song “Use Somebody” on MATT. 
(triple)       USE SOMEBODY / Kings of Leon
                               BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS / Green Day
                               10 DYNAMITE / BTS
 
Part 9
          MATT presenting the Korean group BTS at number 10 this morning and “Dynamite”.  It is the story in song of enjoying life.  ‘Cause I’m in the stars tonight,” they begin the song, “So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight.  Shoes on, get up in the morn, cup of milk, let’s rock and roll.  This is getting heavy; can you hear the bass boom.  I’m ready.  Life is sweet as honey.  Hey, let’s go, shining through the city with a little funk and soul, so I’ma light it up like dynamite.”  And he came to celebrate, to have a good time, and that’s great, as long as we don’t hurt ourselves or others in the process.  In terms of our theme, it is a way to get out of our moodiness.
            Before them, we heard a Record of the Year from 2005 from the album “American Idiot” from the group Green Day and their song “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”.  “I walk a lonely road,” they sing, “the only one that I have ever known.  Don’t know where it goes, but it’s home to me and I walk alone.  My shadow’s the only one that walks beside me.  Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me.  Till then, I walk alone.”  Loneliness is the topic of the song, and that automatically causes some type of moodiness, I believe, and the way to overcome it is to become involved with some project that you can spend time at doing what you like.
            Which takes us to a break before our final segment today, that segment including numbers 5, 9 and 1 and extra songs from people like birthday people Miley Cyrus and Natasha Bedingfield.  Let me take you to that break with a speech—well, not the whole speech, but Winston Churchill who would have been 146 years old next week, gave a famous speech on November 23, 1944 about us.  This is part of it: “It is your Day of Thanksgiving, and when we feel the truth of the facts which are before us, that in three or four years the peaceful, peace-loving people of the United States, with all the variety and freedom of their life in such contrast to the iron discipline which has governed many other communities—when we see that in three or four years the United States has in sober fact become the greatest military, naval, and air power in the world—that, I say to you in this time of war, is itself a subject for profound thanksgiving.”  This is MATT on this pre-Thanksgiving Sunday.  I hope you stay right where you are.  Don’t even think about touching that dial.
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Part 10
            Good day to all of you.  We are back for our pre-Thanksgiving show on MATT, this Sunday before the Thanksgiving break.  I hope that your Thanksgiving break will be a good one for you, no doubt very different from any other Thanksgiving break.  I am Fr. Mike, your host, welcoming you to this our final segment of our show which encourages you to enjoy the music, and listen to the message so that the message can help our lives.  During this segment we will explore the messages of the remaining top 10 including number 1 along with Miley Cyrus, Natasha Bedingfield and Ben Rector.
            Let’s go to a triple play now and begin it with a young lady whose birthday is tomorrow when she will be 28 years old.  The song is a statement of pleasure and having fun, and doing it with no restraints.  “It’s our party,” she sings, “we can do what we want, no drama.  It’s our party we can say what we want.  It’s our party we can love who we want.  We can kiss who we want.  We can sing what we want.  We like to party, doing whatever we want.  This is our house, this is our rules, and we can’t stop.  We run things, things don’t run us, don’t take nothing from nobody.”  Strong words stating that at their party there is no one that will hold them back.  I can’t say that I agree with that because I think that we always have to have a little control, and if we don’t we will end up in different moods, our theme today, because selfishness lends itself to being rejected by others.  This is Miley Cyrus from her album, “Bangerz” and her song “We Can’t Stop” from 2013 on MATT. 
(triple)       WE CAN’T STOP / Miley Cyrus
                   BRAND NEW / Ben Rector
                               5 KINGS AND QUEENS / Ava Max
 
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            That was Amanda Ava Koci better known as Ava Max and her song “Kings and Queens” from her album “Heaven and Hell” at number 5 right now on MATT.  It could very well be an anthem of feminism.  “If all of the kings had their queens on the throne, we would pop champagne and raise a toast to all the queens who are fighting alone.  You’re not dancin’ on your own.  Can’t live without me, you wanna, but you can’t.  Think it’s funny, but honey, can’t run this show on your own.  I’ll show you how a real queen behaves.  No damsel in distress, don’t need to save me.  Once I start breathin’ fire, you can’t tame me.  Disobey me, then, it’s off with your head, gonna change it and make it a world you won’t forget.”  It is a dancing song to be sure, but it’s all about the importance of women, and as we speak of moodiness today, usually a person having a healthy respect for women and men will cure any moodiness in their lives.
            Before her, we heard from Ben Rector from our top 10 of 2016 and his song “Brand New” from the album of the same name.  Ben Rector is a young man from Tulsa, Oklahoma, now working out of Nashville, Tennessee as are a number of singers.  “I feel like new sunglasses, like a brand new pair of jeans,” he sings, “I feel like taking chances, I feel a lot like 17.  Never thought I’d feel like this: like when I close my eyes and don’t even care if anyone sees me dancing, like I can fly, and don’t even think of touching the ground, like a heartbeat skip, like an open page, like a one way trip on an aeroplane.  It’s the way that I feel when I’m with you, brand new.”  So, a love song talking of feelings, and especially good feelings.  As we talk about moodiness today, moodiness implies feelings. usually very bad feelings, and about the only way to control bad feelings is to adopt some type of positive attitude in life.
            Our final double play is introduced by the number 1 song of meaning of 2006.  It is a poetic statement about the fact that we are determining what kind of life we are going to lead.  “I am unwritten,” she sings, “can’t read my mind, I’m undefined.  I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned.  Staring at the blank page before you, let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find.  Release your inhibitions, feel the rain on your skin, no one else can feel it for you, only you can let it in.  No one else can speak the words on your lips, drench yourself in words unspoken, live your life with arms wide open.  Today is where your book begins, the rest is still unwritten.”  Marvelous words.  I look at it as a statement of where we are / and that from now on, no matter what has happened in our lives before, from now on, we will be able to live our future with arms wide open.  We can begin again.             And if we have been a victim of moodiness, our theme today, this type of attitude is what you must try to adopt.  We celebrate her birthday, by the way on Thursday when she will be 39 years old.  MATT presenting a super song from Natasha Bedingfield, from her album named after the song, “Unwritten” on MATT. 
(double)    UNWRITTEN / Natasha Bedingfield
                               9 HOLY / Justin Bieber f/ Chance the Rapper
 
Part 12
            Our theme last week when we spoke of the things that make us whole or holy, Mr. Justin Bieber along with Chancelor Jonathan Bennett better known as Chance the Rapper, and their song “Holy” on MATT.  As Justin Bieber said in Vogue magazine, “I wanted to rededicate myself to God ... because I really felt it was better for the condition of my soul.  And I believe that God blessed me with Hailey (that is Hailey Baldwin his wife) as a result."  “I hear a lot about sinners;” Justin Bieber began his song, “Don’t think that I’ll be a saint, but I might go down to the river ‘cause the way that the sky opens up when we touch.  It’s making me say that the way you hold me, feels so holy.  On God runnin to the altar like a track star, can’t wait another second ‘cause the way you hold me feels so holy.”  And a person who feels whole or holy is certainly going to be free from moodiness most of the time.
            And the number 1 song for two weeks in a row is from Jason Joel Desruleaux with the song produced by Jawsh 685, and “Savage Love”.  The lady in the relationship is being negative toward the man.  But from his point of view, he wants the love between her and him to be honest and good, savage in the sense of very strong although it is difficult to define “savage love.”  “If I woke up without you, I don’t know what I would do,” he sings, “Thought I could be single forever ‘til I met you.  I just found out, the only reason that you lovin’ me was to get back at your ex-lover, but before you leave—usually I would never even care.  Every night and every day I try to make you stay, but your savage love, I still want that.”  In my humble opinion, he ought to move on in his love life, because given this type of relationship, it will forever create a mood, our theme today.
            Our theme this pre-Thanksgiving weekend has been that idea of thanksgiving and combined with 24KGoldn and Iann Dior’s song “Mood”.  We have called it “Some Ways to Overcome Moodiness”.  My prayer for you and me is that we will stay away from moodiness but if we find ourselves there, that we can ask our best friends to help us out of it. / My thanks to our producers and our sponsors at Hays Car and Truck Alignment, Thomas More Prep-Marian Junior and Senior High School in Hays, and Holy Family Elementary School in Hays.  My e-mail address if you want to contact me is frmikescully@yahoo.com and my website is www.frmikescully.com where you can find a transcript of the show and meditations on the songs and some great movies.  If you want to contact me by mail, I hope you do so at KJLS radio, Hays, KS, 67601.  You can join us on the web also as Mix 103 live streams their station and therefore me on Sunday mornings at 10am.  Let me close with a great thought about moodiness from author John Green.  It is fact that we must know: “And people are moody, dude. You gotta get used to living with people.”  Perhaps that is the number 1 way of dealing with moodiness—realize that we all are.  As we close with the number 1 song of our land right now from Jason Derulo and his song “Savage Love”, may I remind you that you are listening to today’s best music, Mix 103, and our advice to you, among the positive things that we have said to you during the show is to hold a good thought.  Happy Thanksgiving coming up for all of us.  My name is Fr. Mike Scully.  Be safe especially on Thanksgiving, peace to you, and be good.
1 SAVAGE LOVE / Jason Derulo f/ Jawsh 685

 

November 15, 2020

"What Makes People Whole"


Part 1

            Hello Central Kansas and around the world!  It’s great to have you with us this second last Sunday of November—as we prepare for Thanksgiving next week, and a different type of Thanksgiving to be sure.  I hope it will be a good break for you.  Welcome to MATT.  Get set for the top 10 songs of our area right now as determined by the research from your requests and Mediabase 24-7, as well as the research of our own radio surveys for the reporting date of November 15, 2020, and get ready for some top 10 songs of the past as well.  I am Fr. Mike Scully, and you have your dial set to today’s best music, Mix 103, the number one rock station in Central Kansas.  Our motto on the show is and always will be to enjoy the music that we play here on Mix 103, and at the same time to listen to the messages of that music.  Our premise is that the messages of the songs contain thoughts that can lead to some serious thinking, thoughts that, if you carry through with them, can make your lives better than they are now.  This morning we have the top 10 as usual, but we also have some songs from the past, including people like the group Puddle of Mudd and Jon Bon Jovi.
            A thought that comes up in these songs every now and then is the thought of something spiritual, usually connected with the love of a partner, as in the partner’s love reminds one of God’s love.  Such is the case from Justin Bieber’s latest song which he sings with the man known as Chance the Rapper.  Their song is a song of love by the man in the relationship for the woman. 
            As he said in Vogue magazine, “I wanted to rededicate myself to God ... because I really felt it was better for the condition of my soul.  And I believe that God blessed me with Hailey (that is Hailey Baldwin his wife) as a result."  “I hear a lot about sinners;” Justin Bieber begins his song, “Don’t think that I’ll be a saint, but I might go down to the river ‘cause the way that the sky opens up when we touch.  It’s making me say that the way you hold me, feels so holy.  On God runnin to the altar like a track star, can’t wait another second ‘cause the way you hold me feels so holy.” 
            The man in the relationship feels holy because he was blessed by God to have met his wife.  I believe that we can take our theme from the song, but let’s add a little something to it.  In spiritual circles where I dwell a lot, we think in terms of “holy” to be also “wholly”, that is, people who have it together completely.  A holy person is someone who is whole in every aspect of her/his life.  And so we can call our show “What Makes People Whole?”  Here to start us off is Chancelor Jonathan Bennett better known as Chance the Rapper along with Canadian singer Justin Bieber and their song “Holy” at number 9 this week on MATT.
(double)     9 HOLY / Justin Bieber f/ Chance the Rapper
                               HOLY GRAIL / Jay Z f/ Justin Timberlake
 
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            There are only two songs that have the word “Holy” on MATT’s playlist.  That was the second one from Jay Z’s album “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” and the lead song from the year 2013, namely “Holy Grail”.  Jay Z is really Shawn Corey Carter and the song won Grammy award in the category of Best Rap/Song Collaboration, and he is singing with Justin Timberlake.  It is a song of wonder—why the man in the relationship allows the woman to treat him so badly.  “You take the clothes off my back and I let you.  You’d steal the food right out of my mouth and I watch you eat it.  I still don’t know why, why I love you so much.  Oh, you curse my name in spite to put me to shame, have my laundry in the streets dirty or clean, give it up for fame, but I still don’t know why, why I love it so much.  It’s amazing I’m in this maze with you.”  The man is caught up in the emotion of love and won’t get out of the relationship, although he should.  If he would, he would be happier in the long run.  And in general, we will never be whole or holy, our theme today, if we mistreat others like she is doing him.
            Our first triple of the day begins with the number 5 song in our top 10 and it comes from Ava Max.  It could very well be an anthem of feminism.  “If all of the kings had their queens on the throne, we would pop champagne and raise a toast to all the queens who are fighting alone.  You’re not dancin’ on your own.  Can’t live without me, you wanna, but you can’t.  Think it’s funny, but honey, can’t run this show on your own.  I’ll show you how a real queen behaves.  No damsel in distress, don’t need to save me.  Once I start breathin’ fire, you can’t tame me.  Disobey me, then, it’s off with your head, gonna change it and make it a world you won’t forget.”  It is a dancing song to be sure, but it’s all about the importance of women, and as we speak of what makes a person whole, a healthy respect for women is one of them.  This is Amanda Ava Koci better known as Ava Max and her song “Kings and Queens” from her album “Heaven and Hell” moving into the top 5 at number 5 right now on MATT. 
(triple)       5 KINGS AND QUEENS / Ava Max
                               STREETCORNER SYMPHONY / Rob Thomas
                               THUNDER / Imagine Dragons
 
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            Good song there, 10+ category of meaning, that was Imagine Dragons, from their album “Evolve” and their song from 2017 “Thunder” on MATT.  The song was nominated for a couple of Grammys and is a song that says to all of us to “never give up on your dreams,” which is part of the words of the song.  The person in the song sets the stage of not being just another person: “I was dreaming of bigger things, not a follower, I was lightning before the thunder.”  Other kids were making fun of him, but now he sings, “I’m smiling from the stage while you were clapping in the nosebleeds.  Never give up on your dreams.”  It is a great leadership song—follow your dreams, be what you can be.  One of the things that can make us whole, our theme today, is that always follow the dreams that we have to build a better world.
            Before them, we heard from Mr. Rob Thomas, the lead singer of Matchbox Twenty.  His song yet another 10+ category of meaning song, the highest I get, from his album “Something To Be”, and the song “Streetcorner Symphony”.  The song calls on the people of the world to work together to make life a little better.  “It’s morning,” Rob Thomas begins his song, “I wake up; the taste of summer sweetness on my mind.  It’s a clear day in this city.  Let’s go dance under the street lights.  All the people in this world, let’s come together more than ever.  I can feel it, can you feel it?  Come on over, down to the corner, my sisters and my brothers of every different color.  Can’t you feel that sunshine telling you to hold tight, things will be alright; try to find a better life.  Come on over, down to the corner, my sisters and my brothers there for one another.  Come on over; man, I know you wanna let yourself go.”  It’s a song of real hope as he sings, “We may never find our reason to shine, but here and now this is our time.”  We must learn to be people of hope, no matter what the situation, and in terms of our theme today, it will make us whole and holy.  Good song. 
            Our theme this week concerns just that—what things make us whole.  It came from Mr. Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper and their song “Holy”.  Get ready for / in order of appearance: 24KGOLDN, K T Tunstall, The Weeknd and a double play from birthday person Carly Rae Jepsen.  As we go to break, here is a thought about love from poet Robert Frost: “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”  Now, think about that!  And when we irresistibly desire someone, it is the beginning of a relationship which we should not let go because it can make us whole.  I’m Fr. Mike inviting you to stay with us.  Your dial is set for today’s best music Mix 103 and you are listening to “Message at the Top”.
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            You are in tune with MATT, 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 that ends today, November 15, 2020.  We take the top 10 of the present and some from the past and study their messages, and then call our show MATT.  I’m your host Fr. Mike.  It’s great to have you here.  We began our show with a theme and title setting song from Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper and their song “Holy” and we are playing our way through the top 10 of today and yesterday looking for ways to make us whole.
            As promised we begin this segment with a song new to the top 10 from American rapper singer songwriter Golden Landis Von Jones better known 24KGOLDN featuring Puerto Rican rapper Michael Ian Olmo better known as Iann Dior.  The song is about one of the most difficult things to handle in any relationship, namely moods.  “Why you always in a mood?” the man in the relationship begins the song, “foolin around, actin brand new.  I ain’t tryna tell you what to do, but try to play it cool.  I ain’t playin by your rules: everything look better with a view.  I could never get attached.  When I start to feel, I unattach, somehow I always end up feeling bad.  I’m not your dad.  I just want your company.  We play games of love to avoid the depression.  We been here before and I won’t be your victim.”  I cleaned up the language a little, but as I say, moods, and in terms of our theme, one of the things that will make us whole is to control our moods as much as we can.  Jumping into our top 10 at number 6, our theme next week, this is 24kGoldn and Iann Dior and their song “Mood” on MATT.
(double)    6 MOOD / 24kGoldn f/ Iann Dior
                               SUDDENLY I SEE / K T Tunstall
 
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            MATT presenting English artist KT Tunstall from her album “Eye to the Telescope,” and her song “Suddenly I See” on MATT.  The lady in the song is looking at a magazine at a pretty girl, and she understands that she can be like the person in the magazine if she tries.  "Suddenly I see," she sings, "this is what I want to be.  Why does it mean so much to me?  This is what I want to be.  Suddenly I see.  And she’s taller than most and she’s looking at me; I can see her eyes looking from the page of a magazine.  She makes me feel like I could be a tower, big strong tower, yeah, the power to be, the power to give, the power to see."  Advertisements say to us, "this should be what you want to be.”  But what we should be is whole people, our theme today, people who can learn from advertisements but remain people who can make up their own minds.
            Yet another triple play will grace your airwaves during the close of our first hour, and that triple begins with a record-breaking song about someone who made a mistake and let a relationship go, and he’s begging her to come back.  This was number 1 over a period of 19 weeks, and finally is at number 2 now.  The man in the relationship considers his girlfriend to be a blinding light.  “I’ve been tryna call, I’ve been on my own for long enough.  Maybe you can show me how to love.  I’m going through withdrawals.  You don’t even have to do too much; you can turn me on with just a touch.  I said, I’m blinded by the lights, I can’t sleep until I feel your touch.  I will never let you go this time.”  In the song, that which is making the man whole, our theme today, is the relationship that he hopes will come back.  If it doesn’t, he will have a period where he does feel whole at all.  This is Canadian singer Abel Makkonen Testfaye, better known as The Weeknd and his song from his album “After Hours,” “Blinding Lights”, number 2 on MATT.
(triple)     2 BLINDING LIGHTS / The Weeknd
                               GOOD TIME / Owl City f/ Carly Rae Jepsen
                               CALL ME MAYBE / Carly Rae Jepsen
 
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            She will be 35 years old next Saturday, so happy birthday to her, Canadian singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen and her most famous song from her album “Curiosity” and her song “Call Me Maybe”, former number 1 and really popular on MATT.  It is a typical “infatuation” song, in that the lady in the song wants a young man to notice her, which is the topic of the clever and cute video as well.  “I threw a wish in the well,” she sings, “I looked to you as it fell, and now you’re in my way.  Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my number, so call me, maybe?  It’s hard to look right at you, but here’s my number, so call me, maybe?”  Beginning a love relationship is always difficult, and we have to work at it if we want it to begin well.  In terms of our theme, if we are people that have a goal in mind and really work at it, those people are whole people.
          Before her, birthday girl again.  Here she is singing with Owl City, and their song “Good Time” on MATT from her album “Kiss” and also from Owl City’s album “The Midsummer Station”.  The song speaks directly of feeling good and having a good time.  “Woke up on the right side of the bed,” they sing, “What’s up with this Prince song inside my head?  Hands up if you’re down to get down tonight ‘cause it’s always a good time.  Slept in all my clothes like I didn’t care, hopped into a cab, take me anywhere.  I’m in if you’re down to get down tonight ‘cause it’s always a good time.  Good morning and good night.  I’ll wake up at twilight.  It’s gonna be alright.  We don’t even have to try: it’s always a good time.  Doesn’t matter when: it’s always a good time.”  So, a song that says that no matter what, it’s always a good time.  And there is no doubt that if a person really feels this way, he/she will be a whole person, our theme today.
            Our topic this morning is that thought of finding things that can make us whole or holy.  That thought was spoken by Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper at the beginning of our show this morning and their song “Holy”.  We will continue to search with that thought in mind on MATT in just a few moments with songs at numbers 3 and 8 along with extras from Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Jon Bon Jovi and Leona Lewis .  Let me take you to break with a thought about love from British philosopher Bertrand Russell, a Nobel prize in Literature recipient: It's easy to fall in love.  The hard part is finding someone to catch you.”  As you think about that, we have to be a little hopeful that someone will fall in love with us.  You bet.  Stay with us; we’ll be right back.  You’ve got MATT on Mix 103.
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Part 7
            Good morning, everyone!  We are back for “Message at the Top” and we welcome you back to the top 10 songs of our area as determined by our research and your requests.  We call our show MATT because we take those top 10 songs and analyze their meanings and messages in the light of how we can live better in this complicated world of ours.  I am Fr. Mike, your host for the top 10 show of today’s best music Mix 103, and we are pursuing a theme from Chance the Rapper and Justin Bieber and their song “Holy”.  The theme that comes from it is “What Makes Us Whole?”  Welcome back to our second hour together.
            Which begins with a song about good human behavior.  “All I hear were the words I needed to say.  When you hurt under the surface like troubled water running cold, well, time can heal but this won’t.  So, before you go, was there something I could have said to make your heart beat better?  If only I’d had known you had a storm to weather.  So before you go, was there something I could have said to make it all stop hurting.”  As I say, a very good attitude I believe.  He is trying to figure out how he hurt her, hopefully so he wouldn’t do it again in another relationship.  To me, he has understood well what it takes to make a person whole, our theme today—and he is trying to do it with himself.  MATT presenting number 3 right now from Lewis Capaldi’s album “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent,” and his song “Before You Go” on MATT.
(triple)       3 BEFORE YOU GO / Lewis Capaldi
                   BLAZE OF GLORY / Jon Bon Jovi
                               ANIMALS / Maroon 5
 
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            Fr0m 2016, a former number 1 from the group Maroon 5, from their album “V”, and their song “Animals” on MATT.  It is the story of two people who are in love like animals are in love.  The song is a little too graphic for me, but it shows a weakness of human nature.  We want physical pleasure, but often we know that it will only harm us.  “I'm preying on you tonight,” they sing, “Hunt you down, eat you alive, just like animals.  Maybe you think that you can hide.  So what you trying to do to me.  It's like we can't stop.  We're enemies, but we get along when I'm with you.  You're like a drug that's killing me.  I cut you out entirely.  But I get so high when I'm with you.”  I used some different words there because of the graphic content.  They are describing a relationship that will not last probably because a sexual relationship only / is really not a relationship at all, and in order to be whole, our theme today, any relationship must be complete and not only physical.
            Before them, we heard from the founder of the group Bon Jovi, Mr. John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. better known as Jon Bon Jovi.  Here, the group sings what happened in a story from the Old West.  The name of the song is “Blaze of Glory.”  They sing the thoughts of the man, “Lord, I never drew first, but I drew first blood.”  And now, it seems he’s being hunted and tracked, one of those situations which should not be, but is nonetheless, / people thinking one thing and not knowing the truth.  And so, he prays, “Each night I go to bed, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.  No, I ain’t looking for forgiveness, but before I’m six foot deep, let this boy die like a man staring down a bullet.  Let me make my final stand.”  I’d say his life has not been good.  The remedy for it, of course, is to get his life straightened out in the first place, if he can.  Tying it into our theme of being whole, there is little doubt that in order to be whole, his life needs a little bit of work.
            At number 8 this week, we have a song about relaxation before the challenges of maturity.  According to the singers, they wrote the song 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 heck 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 heck of a ride but I'm thinkin' it's time to go (bang! bang! bang!) (here we go)”.  I cleaned up the expletive.  As young people grow into maturity, that which will make them whole, our theme today, is to truly embrace maturity with a bang or otherwise.  This is the trio AJR named after the group’s first names Adam, Jack and Ryan Metzger, and their song is called “Bang!” at number 8 on MATT.
(triple)       8 BANG! / AJR
                               Bleeding Love / Leona Lewis
                               Love Me Harder / Ariana Grande f/ The Weeknd
 
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            MATT presenting Ms. Ariana Grande, a song from her album “My Everything” and singing along with her Abel Makonnen Tesfaye better known as The Weeknd for the second time today, and their song “Love Me Harder” from 2014 on MATT.  It is a song about what would happen if the love the man in the relationship desires is not what it should be.  “Tell me something I need to know,” the lady in the relationship sings, “’Cause if you want to keep me, you gotta love me harder, and if you really need me, you gotta love me harder.”  She continues: “So what would I do if I can’t figure it out?  You got to try again.  So what would I do if I can’t figure it out?  I’m gonna leave.”  Rather straightforward answer.  If you want to keep a relationship, you have to try to keep it.  For a person to be whole in a relationship or otherwise really, our theme today, one must honestly keep trying to do whatever is of value.
            Before them, we heard from Leona Lewis, one of the songs of meaning of 2008 from her album “Spirit,” and her song “Bleeding Love”.  It is a song of loss of a lover.  She tells her story this way: "Closed off from love, I didn’t need the pain.  Once or twice was enough, and it was all in vain.  Time starts to pass; before you know it, you’re frozen."  She felt abandoned.  Then the love happened: "But something happened," she sings, "For the very first time with you, my heart melts into the ground, found something true."  Then the break up occurs, and she sings, "I don’t care what they say, I’m in love with you.  They try to pull me away, but they don’t know the truth.  My heart’s crippled by the vein that I keep on closing.  You cut me open and I keep bleeding love."  The pain of the break up is overwhelming.  "In this world of loneliness," she sings, "I see your face. I'll be wearing these scars for everyone to see.”  A lot of pain in the song, and tying it into our theme today, actually pain can make a person whole, but it will probably take a pretty long time.
            Ah, isn’t it interesting what these songs of rock music bring into our thoughts, and I do love to give my opinion of them.  “What Makes Us Whole” is our thought this morning.  We are asking our music to explore that theme which we will continue to do with another segment in just one minute.  Before that happens, we will have a break, and before that break, let me say this from Albert Einstein, no less, and one of those quotes that really makes you think given the technology we have today: “I fear the day,” Albert Einstein writes, “that technology will surpass our human interaction.  The world will have a generation of idiots.”  Whoa—listen to that again, and does it say something about us?  Those words can disturb but is there hope in them?  I’m Fr. Mike, this show is MATT, this radio station is Mix 103, and we’ll be right back.
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Part 10
            This is “Message at the Top”, on Mix 103.  Thank you for joining us this morning.  I am Fr. Mike and our show gives you the top 10 songs of our area, as well as some top 10’s of the past.  And what is amazing about all of our songs is that with a little bit of help, they can actually teach us something about ourselves and about our behavior.  The topic of our show today concerns some thoughts about making things whole, coming from Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper and their song “Holy”.  Let’s see what number 10 is this morning.
          It is the story in song of enjoying life.  ‘Cause I’m in the stars tonight,” they begin the song, “So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight.  Shoes on, get up in the morn, cup of milk, let’s rock and roll.  This is getting heavy; can you hear the bass boom.  I’m ready.  Life is sweet as honey.  Hey, let’s go, shining through the city with a little funk and soul, so I’ma light it up like dynamite.”  And he came to celebrate, to have a good time, and that’s great, as long as we don’t hurt ourselves or others in the process.  But in terms of our theme, in order to be a whole person, the ability to enjoy ourselves is a pretty important thought.  This is the Korean group BTS at number 10 this morning and “Dynamite” on MATT. 
(triple)       10 DYNAMITE / BTS
                   BLURRED LINES / Robin Thicke f/ TI & Pharrell
                               4 I HOPE / Gabby Barrett and Charlie Puth
 
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            MATT presenting number 4 this week from Gabby Barrett and Charlie Puth and their song “I Hope” from Gabby Barrett’s album “Goldmine” on the country charts.  The song is the scenario of a lady who knows that her boyfriend has cheated on her, and she is out to get him as he is choosing to be with another girl.  “I hope she makes you smile the way it made me smile on the other end of a phone in the middle of a highway driving alone.  I hope you hear a song that makes you sing along and gets you thinking ‘bout her.  I hope she comes along and wrecks every one of your plans.  And then I hope she cheats like you did on me.”  Revenge is never a way to make one’s life better or bring about any wholeness, our theme today, and to be a holy person, we can never work with revenge in our hearts.
            Before them, we heard from Robin Thicke singing with Clifford Joseph Harris Jr, better known as rapper T. I. and singer Pharrell Williams, from Robin Thicke’s album “Blurred Lines” and the title song from it.  The song is basically a love song hoping for the love of someone who apparently is with someone else.  “He tried to domesticate you,” he sings, “just let me liberate you, you don’t need no papers, that man is not your maker.  And that’s why I’m gonna take a good girl.  I know you want it.  Can’t let it get past me, you’re far from plastic.  I hate these blurred lines, but you’re a good girl, the way you grab me.”  Human feelings are complicated.  The song calls them "blurred."  He is speaking of a love relationship, of course, and the situation of the song is a difficult one.  The lady seems to be in a relationship with another, and the man is singing that he would like her to come to him.  Consequently, the situation is "blurred" in his mind because he does not know whether she is or will be with him or not.  As we consider our theme today of what makes people whole, certainly we must be pretty sure of our love life before we will feel whole.
            Let’s go to another double play and begin it with a song from Kane Brown.  It is song about feelings.  The artist explains: "It's about all the different feelings you can have in a relationship.  And trying not to overthink it.  When it gets tough, you want to be on your own, but then you miss the person a second later.  I think it's something everyone goes through."  “I might be better on my own,” he sings, “I hate you blowing up my phone.  I wish I’d never met up.  Sometimes it be like that, but I’m not myself the nights you’re gone.  There ain’t no way I’m moving on.  I’m afraid to need you bad, sometimes it be like that.”  And as he said, the rest of the song shows a relationship he wants, but then doesn’t want.  As we think of what makes a person whole, certainly a good relationship with a partner is a must.  MATT presenting Kane Brown featuring Swae Lee and Khalid  at number 7, “Be Like That” on MATT. 
(double)    7 BE LIKE THAT / Kane Brown f/ Swae Lee & Khalid
                               BLURRY / Puddle of Mudd
 
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            The group Puddle of Mudd was formed in 1991 right here in Kansas City, MO, and they are still on the music scene.  Their song is from their album “Come Clean,” from 2001, and “Blurry” on MATT.  They sing that everything’s so blurry because the lady in the relationship has left, and the man wishes that she hadn’t.  One of the major causes of blurriness in my opinion is that we will not accept the facts of the situation, and want to make it the way that we want it.  “You could be my someone,” they sing, “you could be my sea.  You know that I’ll protect you.”  Well, that’s all well and good, but it seems as though that she will never come back.  One of the things that we should like in life is the ability to face a situation that can’t be changed, and that is a way to make us whole in the long run, our theme today.
            And the new number 1 song this week is from Jason Joel Desruleaux with the song produced by Jawsh 685, and “Savage Love”.  The lady in the relationship is being negative toward the man.  But from his point of view, he wants the love between her and him to be honest and good, savage in the sense of very strong although it is difficult to define “savage love.”  “If I woke up without you, I don’t know what I would do,” he sings, “Thought I could be single forever ‘til I met you.  I just found out, the only reason that you lovin’ me was to get back at your ex-lover, but before you leave—usually I would never even care.  Every night and every day I try to make you stay, but your savage love, I still want that.”  In my humble opinion, he ought to move on in his love life, because given this type of relationship, he can never be whole, our theme today, and she certainly will never be whole if she keeps behaving like she is.
            Our theme today has been just that—what make us whole or as we understand Christian theology, the same as what makes us holy, that thought having come from Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper with their song “Holy”.  My prayer for you and for me is that we will become people who are holy and thus be people who are whole in our approach to life.  My thanks to our producers, and sponsors, especially our sponsors at Hays Car and Truck Alignment, Holy Family Elementary School in Hays, and Thomas More Prep-Marian Junior and Senior High School in Hays.  If you want to contact me by mail, I hope you do so at KJLS radio, Hays, KS, 67601 or my e-mail address is frmikescully@yahoo.com.  My website is www.frmikescully.com where you will find some meditations on these songs and some great movies along with a transcript of the show.  You can catch us on the web every Sunday at 10 by going to www.hayspost.com and clicking on Mix 103.  One final thought before we go about difficulties in life.  It comes from the famous philosopher Mr. Charlie Brown from Peanuts: “A hasty word or misguided action is like dropping an ice cream cone on the sidewalk.  It just lays there, and you know you’ve dropped it and there’s nothing you can do.  It’s too late.  Rats.”  Ah, that says it so well.  As you listen to the number 1 song in our land, “Savage Love” by Jason Derulo, may I remind you that you are listening to today’s best music Mix 103, and our advice to you, among the thoughts that we have spoken already is to hold a good thought.  My name is Fr. Mike Scully.  Peace to you, and be good.
1 SAVAGE LOVE / Jason Derulo f/ Jawsh 685


January 5, 2020

"The Messages of the Top Songs from 1998 to 2019"

Part 1
            Hello Central Kansas and around the world; thank you for joining us this first Sunday of the new year of 2020.  Happy January, and happy winter although we haven’t seen too much of it so far.  Thank you for joining us and welcome to MATT on Mix 103, the number 1 rock station in central Kansas.  It’s great to have you with us this Sunday morning as we study the top 10 of today and yesterday, not only listening to the songs, but studying their meanings as well.  I am Fr. Mike Scully, your host for MATT and it’s my pleasure to give you some great songs and some great messages.  And especially today—we’ll begin the new year with the number 1 songs of every year from 1998 til 2019.  Therefore every song here I consider to be a 10+ category song of meaning.  Putting them altogether means that we will hear great meaning with every song.  I’ll be tempted to talk about all of them for a long time, but I will restrain myself.  This is a great show today.
            And we will begin with 2019 and talk about hope because the number 1 song last year was all about hope.  I did some checking on the idea of hope, and something I didn’t know came to light—in my mind anyway. 
            Elpis is Greek for “Hope” and it appears in ancient Greek mythology with the story of Zeus and Prometheus.  Prometheus stole fire from the god Zeus which infuriated Zeus of course.  In turn Zeus created a box that contained all manners of evil, unbeknownst to the receiver of the box.  Pandora opened the box after being warned not to, and unleashed a multitude of harmful spirits that inflicted plagues, diseases, and illnesses on humankind.  Spirits of greed, hatred, revenge, despair and other spirits scattered far and wide looking for humans to torment.  Inside the box, however, there was also an unreleased healing spirit named Hope.  From ancient times, people have recognized that a spirit of hope had the power to heal afflictions and helps them bear times of great suffering caused by malevolent spirits and events.
            Now I did not know that Greek mythology was the source of Pandora’s box and within it not only were bad things, but Hope was there also, and it had the power to heal from all the evil.
            Well, I doubt that the group Panic! At The Disco had any idea about Pandora’s Box and Hope but they certainly see the importance of hope for the world.  “Had to have high hopes for living,” they sing, “shooting for the stars when I couldn’t make a killing.  Didn’t have a dime but I always had a vision, always had high hopes.  Mama said, fulfill the prophecy, be something greater, go make a legacy, rewrite your history, light up your wildest dreams.”  Smart Mama, indeed, who is inspiring him.  And that is one of the elements of being hopeful—that you have some inspiration to turn to in order to give one hope.
            The theme for the number 1 song of 2019 translates to all of our songs today: “There is hope in every situation of our lives.”  Panic! At The Disco, their song “High Hopes”, number 1 in 2019 on MATT.
(double)    19 HIGH HOPES / Panic! At the Disco
                               15 SEE YOU AGAIN / Wiz Khalifa f/ Charlie Puth
 
Part 2
            The number 1 song of meaning from 2015, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth from the “Furious 7” soundtrack and a tribute to actor Paul Walker who died before the movie was released, and their song “See You Again” on MATT.  “It's been a long day without you, my friend,” they sing, “And I'll tell you all about it when I see you again.  We've come a long way from where we began.  Oh, I'll tell you all about it when I see you again.  Who knew?  All the planes we flew, good things we've been through that I'll be standing right here talking to you about another path.  I know we loved to hit the road and laugh, but something told me that it wouldn't last, had to switch up, look at things different, see the bigger picture.  Those were the days, hard work forever pays.  Now I see you in a better place.”  I love it when popular music refers to faith in God and heaven, and the song is very clear in its statement about it.  We will all be together again in our soul world.  If we really understand that, all of us would have a better life, I believe.  Of course, you would expect me to say that.
            A likewise great song is the number 1 song from 2011 which will be followed by the number 1 song from 2010 and 2008.  First to 2011.  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 that 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.”  What she is singing is that we can be so much more than we are now, and we shouldn’t be discouraged with who we are.  It has a great video connected with it as well.  From her album “Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection”, the excellent song “Firework” number 1 in 2011 on MATT. 
(triple)       11 FIREWORK / Katy Perry
                               10 LIVE LIKE WE’RE DYING / Kris Allen
                                    08 IT’S NOT MY TIME / 3 Doors Down
 
Part 3
            They have two songs of meaning among the songs of meaning from 1998 til 2019.  The number 1 song from 2008 from 3 Doors Down.  This is the group 3 Doors Down from their album simply named “3 Doors Down”, a great song with a great video “It’s Not My Time” on MATT.  “Looking back at the beginning of this,” they begin the song, “and how life was, just you and me and love and all of our friends, living life like an ocean.  Now the current’s slowly pulling me down.  It’s getting harder to breathe; it won’t be too long and I’ll be going under.  Can you save me from this?  It’s not my time, I’m not going.  All this time I’ve just been too blind to understand what should matter to me.  My friend, this life we live is not what we have, it’s what we believe.”  Determination to stay alive, and in the video, to prevent a death, is the topic of the song, even though life is tough and things don’t seem to be going the way we want.  The song is a plea for help as the man in the song tries to stay alive, as he sings, and he sings a very important line for a believer—“This life we live is not what we have, it’s what we believe.”  That which will bring about help, I believe, is finding a belief in a Higher Power. 
            Before them, we heard the number 1 song of 2010 from Mr. Kris Allen, American Idol first series number 8 from his album named after him, and his song “Live Like We’re Dying”.  Tremendous words here: “Sometimes we fall down and can’t get back up; we’re hiding behind skin that’s too tough.  How come we don’t say 'I love you' enough 'til it’s too late.  It's not too late.  If your life flashed before you, what would you wish you would've done.  We gotta start looking at the hands of the time we’ve been given here.  This is all we got and we gotta start pickin’ it.  Every second counts on a clock that’s tickin’, gotta live like we’re dying.”  If we live like we're dying, every second will count as we live our day, and we will spend those seconds developing love and life.
            Magnificent thoughts from magnificent songs today since we are playing all the number 1 songs of the years 1998-2019.  Rock music always seems to have an approach to life about it, and rock songs always contain something to talk about, especially the songs of our show today.  Let me take you to break with a thought from Jacopo Sannazaro: “Man is only miserable so far as he thinks himself so.”  Now, that is one great thought—and it certainly addresses an attitude that can lead to being determined to do good things in life.  I’m Fr. Mike, inviting you to keep your dial right there as we continue shortly on MATT on Mix 103.
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Part 4
            We continue with the only show of its kind in this area as we celebrate winter in the Heartland of America.  It is great to have you with us on the station that plays the very best in rock music, and the show we have labeled as MATT, the show that takes the top 10 songs of today and yesterday, and discovers just what their approach to life is, often giving us some thoughts with which we can guide our lives toward the good, the show where our motto is to enjoy the music and listen to the message so that the message can help us.  My name is Fr. Mike, your host, and we are featuring the thoughts of the number 1 songs of every year from 1998 til 2019. 
            Let’s go back to the 90’s, this time to the number 1 song of meaning in 1999.  “Your brain gets smart,” they sing, “but your head gets dumb.  So much to do, so much to see.  You’ll never know if you don’t go.  Hey, now, you’re an all star, only shooting stars break the mold.  Go for the moon.”  I interpret the song this way: the group seems to be entreating us to carefully weigh our behavior, and eventually choose to motivate ourselves toward change since “the ice we skate is getting pretty thin.”  The song tells us to look carefully at what we are doing, and go for the moon—do the best that we can.  The group is Smash Mouth, an American rock band formed in San Jose, California in 1994, and still active in the music scene.  From their album named after them, Smash Mouth and their song “All Star” number 1 in 1999 on MATT. 
(double)    99 ALL STAR / Smash Mouth
                                    01 THANK YOU / Dido
 
Part 5
            We play it every Thanksgiving show on MATT, the number 1 song of meaning of 2001, from her album “No Angel,” Dido, and her actual name is quite long, but she goes by the name of Dido, actually her first name.  Her song is “Thank You.” “My tea’s gone cold,” she begins her song there, “I’m wondering why I got out of bed at all.  The morning rain clouds up my window, and I can’t see at all, and even if I could, it’d all be gray”—now that is excellent imagery of real negativity, but the song is just the opposite, because even though she has those negative feelings, she goes on to say, “But your picture on my wall—it reminds me that it’s not so bad.”  And the person in the song goes on to thank her boyfriend, a great song of thanksgiving, something we should all be into.
            Another triple closes off our first hour of the number 1 songs of the year from 1998 to 2019.  We begin the triple with the highest song of meaning from 2012.  It is a song that describes a situation that could bring about real anger and revenge, and there seems to be a little of that, but mainly, it is about a breakup that made the person in the song stronger.  “You know the bed feels warmer,” she begins the song, “sleeping here alone.  You think you got the best of me, think you had the last laugh, bet you think that everything good is gone, but you’re dead wrong.  What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stand a little taller.  Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone.  What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter, footsteps even lighter, doesn’t mean I’m over ‘cause you’re gone.”  As we work to find those things that can give us help, one of them would be to take the negative things that happen, work on them, and let them make you better than you are right now.  From her album named after the song, American Idol number 1 Kelly Clarkson, and “Stronger”, the number 1 song of meaning of 2012, on MATT. 
(triple)        12 STRONGER / Kelly Clarkson
                                    17 SCARS TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL / Alessia Cara
                                    06 UNWRITTEN / Natasha Bedingfield
 
Part 6
            MATT presenting a super song from Natasha Bedingfield, from her album named after the song, the number 1 song of meaning in 2006, “Unwritten”.  It is a poetic statement about the fact that we are determining what kind of life we are going to lead.  “I am unwritten,” she sings, “can’t read my mind, I’m undefined.  I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned.  Staring at the blank page before you, let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find.  Release your inhibitions, feel the rain on your skin, no one else can feel it for you, only you can let it in.  No one else can speak the words on your lips, drench yourself in words unspoken, live your life with arms wide open.  Today is where your book begins, the rest is still unwritten.”  Marvelous words.  I look at it as a statement of where we are / and that from now on, no matter what has happened in our lives before, from now on, we will be able to live our future with arms wide open.  We can begin again.
            Before her, we heard from the number 1 song of all the songs of 2017, from Alessia Cara’s album “Know-It-All,” and “Scars to Your Beautiful”.  On the video, the song closes with her personal statement about the song which reads: “Oftentimes the world both directly and indirectly tells us that we shouldn’t be happy with ourselves if we don’t fit certain beauty standards.  ‘Scars to Your Beautiful’ is a reminder that beauty isn’t only one look, shape, size or color.  It isn’t even always tangible.  It comes in an endless amount of forms, and we need to recognize that.”  Indeed we should.  And so she sings her refrain: “But there's a hope that's waiting for you in the dark.  You should know you're beautiful just the way you are.  And you don't have to change a thing; the world could change its heart.  No scars to your beautiful, we're stars and we're beautiful.”  We are all beautiful simply because we are created by a loving God.
            There are important things being said here this morning, not because I said them, but as a result of the songs that we are playing today, the number 1 songs of meaning from the years 1998 to 2019.  Before our break, here is a thought about forgiveness from a man by the name of Paul Boese: “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”  You bet.  I’m Fr. Mike for MATT on Mix 103.  Why not stay right where you are as you enjoy life with us on this rather mild January Sunday morning.  We’ll be right back.
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Part 7
            Every song has a message and with a little bit of help that message will usually help our lives.  Such is our philosophy on MATT.  We don’t need a lot of help to these songs today because they are so good with words.  We are back for the second hour which usually gives you the top 10 rock songs of our area that have been most popular during the week but today we have a special show, a super one I believe, since we are playing all of the number 1 songs of meaning since 1998.  I am your host, Fr. Mike.  Thank you for joining us again this morning.  Let’s begin here with the number 1 song of meaning of the whole year of 2007.
            It comes from a group that is the only artist or artists that have more than one song in this elite set of songs, the Canadian group by the name of Nickelback and this number 1 song of 2007, a song whose setting is a man in the relationship who is sharing real love with his friend, and having that love inspires him to think about the complicated world he is in.  The words of the refrain are: “If everyone cared and nobody cried, if everyone loved and nobody lied, if everyone shared and swallowed their pride, then we’d see the day when nobody died.  And I’m singing, amen, I’m alive.”  And they sing: “As we lie beneath the stars, we realize how small we are.  If they could love like you and me, imagine what the world could be.”  That is, we will have eternal life when we learn to love each other.  That is great theology and it gives rise to great thinking.  If we sense that there really is caring about another, it is a good indication that love is present.  This is the group Nickelback from their album “All The Right Reasons,” and the song “If Everyone Cared” number 1 in 2007 on MATT.
(triple)       07 IF EVERYONE CARED / Nickelback
                               00 WITH ARMS WIDE OPEN / Creed
                               98 IRIS / Goo Goo Dolls
 
Part 8
            The number 1 song of meaning from 1998, the Goo Goo Dolls, formed in 1986.  The song comes from the 1998 movie “City of Angels” soundtrack and was on the Billboard top 100 for almost a whole year.  It came from their album, “Dizzy Up the Girl,” and the song “Iris” on MATT. “I don’t want the world to see me,” they sing the thoughts of the angel in the song, “cause I don’t think that they’d understand.  When everything’s made to be broken, I just want you to know who I am.”  I really like that thought.  We do live in a world where a lot of things are expected not to last or be broken—as they sing.  “I just want you to know who I am,” the person sings, as if to say, you can count on me—I’m not going to break, and his love is going to be real, no matter what the circumstances.  One of the ingredients for a love to be real is that it be a giving love. 
            Before them, we heard the number 1 song of the year 2K, “With Arms Wide Open” from their album “Human Clay” from the group Creed.  They sing the thoughts of a man in a marriage: “Well, I just heard the news today.  It seems my life is gonna change.  I close my eyes, begin to pray, as tears of joy stream down my face.”  And how is his life going to change?  He and his wife are going to have a child.  “We’ve created life,” they sing.  And so they sing that everything has changed.  Anyone who has a child for the first time will tell you how true that is!  A couple who really wants a child, and experiences that miracle in their lives, really understands what the power of love in life is all about. 
            Let’s go to another triple play right now, and begin this one with the number 1 song of 2002.  She begins the song: “My friend the communist holds meetings in his RV.  I can’t afford his gas, so I’m stuck here watching TV.  I don’t have digital, I don’t have diddley squat.  It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got.  I’m gonna soak up the sun, I’m gonna tell everyone to lighten up.  I’m gonna tell them that I’ve got no one to blame; for every time I feel lame, I’m lookin’ up.”  Now that is one great attitude, and what makes it more difficult is that her boyfriend doesn’t seem to have it—maybe something’s wrong with you, she says.  The songs says simply: adopt a positive attitude in life.  MATT presenting here Sheryl Crow from her album “C’mon, C’mon” the number 1 song of 2002, “Soak Up the Sun” on MATT.
(triple)       02 SOAK UP THE SUN / Sheryl Crow
                                    16 UNSTEADY / X Ambassadors
                                    03 I’M WITH YOU / Avril Lavigne
 
Part 9
            Going back to the year 2003 and the number 1 song of meaning then from Canadian singer/songwriter and her song “I’m With You” from her album “Let Go,” Avril Lavigne on MATT.  It is a cry for help as I look at it, and a significant song, what I call poignant words that every adult and youth minister should study carefully.  In many ways, this song is the philosophical description of teenage thinking, and may be the best top 40 song that has been produced that helps the parent and youth minister to understand the specific situation of a teenager in North American society.  It is a song of a teenager hoping that adults and other teenagers will be interested in her/him.  Young people want involvement.  In a sense, they want someone to take them “by the hand” because although they might not understand why things happen, they know first-hand what the world is doing to them, namely, causing a situation where “nothing’s going right and everything’s a mess” as she sings.  “Isn’t anyone trying to find me,” she sings, “Won’t somebody come take me home.  It’s a damn cold night, trying to figure out this life.  Won’t you take me by the hand.  I don’t know who you are, but I’m with you.  I’m looking for a place; I’m searching for a face.  Is anybody here I know, ‘cause nothing’s going right and everything’s a mess.  And no one likes to be alone.”  Great song, as all of these are.
            Before her, another song about young people, I believe, and just as important as Avril Lavigne’s, the number 1 song of 2016.  It was from the group X Ambassadors and a song that talks about the importance of Moms and Dads.  It is from their album “VHS”, and their song “Unsteady”.  In my humble opinion, it should be required listening for everyone who decides to have a family.  “Hold on,” the young person sings because he/she is a little unsteady.  “Mama,” the child sings, “come here.  Daddy, I’m alone ‘cause this house don’t feel like home.  If you love me, don’t let go.  Hold on to me.”  One of the great hopes for everyone’s future in life, is that parents will treat their children with great care.  Unfortunately, it will cause great hurt when that does not happen.
            What great songs these songs are, the number 1 songs from the years 1998 through 2019.  And we have made it to our final segment of this first Sunday of the winter month of January of the year 2020—ah, the beginning of a new year.  What will that new year bring for each of us?  Interesting question, and something to think about.  During this next segment, you will hear and hopefully enjoy the artistry of Swedish House Mafia, the group Nickelback again, the group Los Lonely Boys, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and 3 Doors Down.  I take you to break with another thought, this one from the Roman satirist Juvenal—many moons ago: “All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price.”  Paying the price involves a lot of work and effort but if we want to have a good life, it is worth it.  I’m Fr. Mike, 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 the number 1 songs of meaning of the years 1998 through 2019.  And we always give you the meanings of the songs we play.  I hope this beginning of the cold month of January has been good for you, and that your new year will be one of good things.  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 have taken a theme of the meanings of the number 1 songs of the years 1998-2019.  Great songs on our show today, even super-great if there is a category like that.
            The number 1 song of meaning in the year 2004 was from the group Los Lonely Boys and a song that calls to mind the virtue of hope as it calls upon our Supreme Being.  They sing a prayer to God: “Save me from this prison; Lord, help me get away ‘cause only you can save me now from this misery.  Well, I’ve been lost in my own place, and I’m getting weary—How far is heaven—And I know that I need to change my ways of living—How far is heaven—Lord, can you tell me.”  You can bet that I like this song because I firmly believe that one of the things that we must hope for is a better place which might just require some changes in ourselves.  This is the group Los Lonely Boys, from their self-named album, and “Heaven”, the number 1 song of 2004 on MATT.
(triple)       04 HEAVEN / Los Lonely Boys
                                    13 DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD / Swedish House Mafia
                                    09 IF TODAY WAS YOUR LAST DAY / Nickelback
 
Part 11
            Another group who have two songs among the songs of meaning over the past 22 years.  That one was another great song from the group Nickelback, and their song “If Today Was Your Last Day”, one of the most meaningful songs of the past decade and the number 1 song of 2009 from their album “Dark Horse”.  “My best friend gave me the best advice;” they began their song, “he said each day’s a gift and not a given right; leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind, and try to take the path less traveled by.  That first step you take is the longest stride.  If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late, could you say goodbye to yesterday?  Would you live each moment like your last, leave old pictures in the past?  Donate every dime you had, if today was your last day?”  What a great song!  Their advice: “Do whatever it takes, ‘cause you can’t rewind a moment in this life.  Would you call those friends you never see, reminisce old memories?  Would you forgive your enemies?”  One of the indications of love is the fact that we are living every moment as if it were our last.  Super stuff there.
            In fact, all of these song give us super stuff.  Before them, we heard the number 1 song of meaning from 2013.  It is a song about a breakup and learning from it.  The lesson the person in the song learns is that things will work out well.  “There was a time I used to look into my father's eyes,” he sings.  “In a happy home, I was a king, I 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 and for all people really.  Even though there is a breakdown of a relationship in which love was present and no longer is, God or heaven is at work.  In fact, God will always be at work in every part of our lives, helping us achieve a good life.  A way to help us from worrying in life and love—turn to God in your life.  Of course, you know that I would say that.  Great song here, from Swedish House Mafia, and singer John Martin, and their song “Don’t You Worry Child”, number 1 in 2013 on MATT. 
            Number 1 the following year is next for your listening pleasures.  It is a statement by the girl in the relationship that if the man wants a commitment from her, she will give it, but he’d better be sure of what he’s doing.  “I knew you were gonna come to me,” the lady in the relationship sings, “and here you are, but you better choose carefully ‘cause I’m capable of anything and everything.  So you wanna play with magic, boy, you should know what you’re falling for.  I’m coming at you like a dark horse.  Are you ready for a perfect storm ‘cause once you’re mine, there’s no going back.”  Her words are excellent for anyone who wants to have a sincere relationship with commitment—you don’t enter it lightly, and you’d better be ready to back up your words.  And it really is up to both of them whether the relationship will work or not, and each of them should spend time doing it.  A song nominated for a Grammy, Ms. Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson better known as Katy Perry, the second song among the top songs of meaning from 1998 till 2019, this one with Jordan Michael Houston better known as Juicy J and their song “Dark Horse” from Katy Perry’s album “Prism”, number 1 in 2014 on MATT. 
(double)    14 DARK HORSE / Katy Perry f/ Juicy J
                                    05 LET ME GO / 3 Doors Down
 
Part 12
            The second song from them in our top songs of meaning of the past 22 years.  Going back to 2005, from the album “Seventeen Days” from 3 Doors Down, the number 1 song of meaning that year, “Let Me Go” on MATT. “One more kiss,” they sing the thoughts of the man in the relationship, “could be the best thing, but one more lie could be the worst.  And all these thoughts are never resting, and you’re not something I deserve.  In my head there’s only you now.  In this world there’s real and make believe, and this seems real to me.  I’m torn between this life I lead and where I stand.  And you love me, but you don’t know who I am.  So let me go.”  This is a really important message especially for the marriages of our world.  Before we can say that we love someone, we really have to know them—the reason why so many marriage counselors suggest dating for a long time before marriage takes place.  During that time, one will have to learn many things about the other, and learn to be completely satisfied with the other.  Super song for people in love.
            As is this final song of our show today from Ed Sheeran, the number 1 song of 2018.  It actually began its air time in 2017, but it was so popular that it took the number 1 song of all the songs that were played in 2018.  His song “Perfect” from his album which is just a division sign.  “I found a love for me,” he begins the song, “just dive right in and follow my lead.  I found a girl, beautiful and sweet, I never knew you were the someone waiting for me ‘cause we were just kids when we fell in love, not knowing what it was.  I will not give you up this time, your heart is all I own and in your eyes you’re holding mine.  When you said you looked a mess, I whispered underneath my breath, but you heard it, you look perfect tonight.”  Something that people in love must remember is that they show that love in as perfect a way as possible.  And for those who are not in love in a romantic way, we ought to learn love of others in as perfect a way as possible also.  
            And there you have it, a number of great songs today, 22 of them, the number one songs of meaning of the years 1998 to 2019.  This was an important show for all of us because the number 1 songs of those years had truly important things to say to us.  My prayer for you and me is that we continue to learn from the songs that we play here.  My thanks to the producers of “Message at the Top” and to our sponsors, especially Hays Car and Truck Alignment, Thomas More Prep-Marian Junior and Senior High School and Holy Family Elementary School, all three in Hays, and all three places with great products.  If you have some song suggestions or want to comment on anything that I have said, feel free to write me here at KJLS-FM, Hays, or e-mail me at frmikescully@yahoo.com.  My website is www.frmikescully.com where you will find some meditations on these songs and some great movies and a transcript of the show.  Remember that you can join us on the web every Sunday morning at 10 am by going to www.hayspost.com and choosing Mix 103.  We invite you to be here next Sunday, same time, same station.  One final quotation from Albert Einstein.  “Only a life lived for others is a life worth-while.”  How about that!—Albert Einstein.  The number 1 song of 2018 was from Ed Sheeran.  And as you listen, may I remind you that you are listening to today’s best music Mix 103 and part of our advice is to hold a good thought.  My name is Fr. Mike Scully.  Peace to you, and be good!
18 PERFECT / Ed Sheeran