By this point it should be 100% clear that I freaking love BTS. I mean I do try to name drop them every chance I get, whether it be on this blog or in conversations with other people. That is why I have been thinking long and hard about introducing a new series in which I could talk more about them. If you can remember, I already dedicated two posts to them in the past so I have been weary about retreading those same points. Then this new idea hit me, why don’t I just focus on the messages of the songs. They are a big reason why I love the group but I haven’t really gotten all that deep about them and there IS plenty to explore there. So with that I am happy to announce “Life Lessons with BTS”. Catchy title right? 😀
The song that I picked to start things off with is one of their lesser known songs. It’s called Spine Breaker and it is a song that I love to recommend to people to show them that this is not your average Kpop group. Heck it’s not your average hip hop/rap group. If you are from the states you may have noticed that a lot of the main stream stuff coming from that genre is about showboating, talking about making a lot of money, or getting a lot of women. Not all of it is like that of course but a pretty good chunk of it is. Enough to where those are the first things people associate it with nowadays. BTS however does none of that and instead tries to do the complete opposite and actually try to write lyrics that they themselves find meaningful and important.
That is made very clear in this song which tackles a specific problem that a lot of youth face. Specifically, many of the young people who are right on the cusp of adulthood. These are the ones that the song refers to as the “Spine Breakers.” The kids who take their parents or guardians for granted. Asking for and taking things without much regard for all the hard work it takes to get them the things they want. Being materialistic for the sake of it or more so because they want to fit in with others. Either way putting too much focus on being a “have” and not a “have not.” It’s a very relatable subject because I think that at one point or another we have all been there before. Wanting to be spoiled for the sake of being spoiled or wanting something because somebody else has it. And regardless of whether that was ever you or not, you will probably be on the receiving end of it someday if you ever have children of your own. Therefore, it’s a far reaching song.
That is why to me this should be a strongly recommended song for all the teenagers out there. It makes good points and it does so in a style of music they would probably like. When you boil it down to it’s core sure it may be a simple message that could be summarized by, grow the fudge up! Either way that is something people should hear from time to time don’t you think? Plus another good takeaway from this song is that if you do want something really badly then you should be putting in your own effort NOT somebody else’s. You will appreciate those things you earn more and you wont be someone’s burden. It’s the kind of message parents would respect, so if your parents ever tell you to quit listening to kpop show them this song because it will likely change their minds. 😛
The thing of note here is that people don’t normally like to be given lectures or scolded right? Yet BTS has somehow found away to thrive doing just that. I think that is pretty cool. I’m sure it helps that it comes delivered by good vocals, choreography, visuals, etc. but still. I find it really enlightening that a group that loves to spread good messages like this can rise to the top.
In closing I hope you like the song, the message, and get curious enough to check out more of their work. I swear it will be worth it. Until next time peeps. ^_^