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 similar 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 ones. 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 or that these are not your average artists in general. Primarily they focus on hip hop/rap but they do so without falling into a lot of those trappings that have kinda started to plague the genre. Ofcourse I am referening to all that showboating, talking about making a lot of money, or getting a lot of women type of stuff. Not to say all the mainstream stuff is that way but a good chunk is, particulary here in the West. Luckily BTS has a different approach 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 today. Specifically, those young people who are right on the cusp of adulthood which this song refers to as the “Spine Breakers.” You know, the kids who take their parents or guardians for granted. Asking for and taking things without much regard for all the hard work that it takes to get them the things they want. Often times being materialistic not even because they really want something but more so just to fit in. Which is kind off worse to be honest. Either way oversimplying things to being a “have” and not a “have not.” Completely missing the fact that there is more to life thus making this a relatable subject because I think that at one point or another we have all been there before. And if not…well guess what, we may end up being on the receiving end of it one day when we have kids of our own. Making this a a far reaching song regardless.
That is why to me this should be a strongly recommended song for all the teenagers out there. It makes valid points and it does so in a style of music they would probably enjoy. 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. That way you will appreciate those things you earn more and you wont be someone’s burden. Which can save you from feeling regret later in life. 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. 😛
That is why at this point I say let’s take a moment and realize how awesome it is that such a thoughtful group can be so popular. I mean think about it, when is the next time you will find a group that will be as quick to lecture and scold it’s own audience? How they get away with it time and time again is beyond me. It probably helps that they are good looking yes, or that they normally flashy things up. But I like to think that they are just that in tune with their fans. Knowing the right chords to pull and the right nerves to touch to leave an impact.
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. ^_^