I’ve not only resisted climbing aboard the politically correct bandwagon, but feel like I’m daily being trampled by it. The list of what both the left and the right declare is inappropriate, unacceptable, damaging to children is simply staggering.
So I give up. I’ve decided to join them. So when my colleague James told me he was going to begin the 8th grade jazz study with his usual choice of Stanley Turrentine’s Sugar, I suggested he re-think it. Or at least change the title. As Gabor Maté notes in his book The Myth of Normal:
“Rob Lustif calls the United States ‘the drug capital of the world’ and he isn’t talking about cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine, nor even mass-marketed opioids like OxyContin. He is referring to sugar, a substance that, in 2013, the chief health officer of the Netherlands declared to be ‘addictive and the most dangerous drug of all times.’”
And so I ask, “Is this an appropriate song to share with children?’ I think not.
However, it is a good tune. It just needs an appropriate upgraded title.
I suggest Monkfruit Sweetener. Doesn’t quite roll off the tongue as easily, but at least no children will be damaged. (And it does hint to Thelonious Monk.)