By Chinta Strausberg
Two on-air personalities Sunday said they are using music to help stem violence that has taken the lives of scores of children and they urged their peers to join in on a crusade of replacing negative and degrading music with love and peace.
Al Greer, who played dusties and old school music at Josephineâ€™s Hardtime Cooking Restaurant, 436 E. 79th St., Chicago, IL,Â and V-103â€™s Ramonski Luv, said they are proud to play positive music including rap songs that donâ€™t promote violence. They are all about spreading love rather than violence.
Interviewed at Josephineâ€™s Hardtime Cooking Restaurant, Luv said, â€œDJâ€™s have a voice and we have music. I think music soothes the savage beastâ€¦the savage spirit that people have. Itâ€™s a spiritual war thatâ€™s going on out there.Â If parents are teaching their children to respect and have a regard for life and respect authority, when they leave the house they will be in a right frame of mine.
â€œIf the parents are not in a right frame of mine, then how can you teach your children? At 8:30 p.m., when we come on air, we ask, â€˜Do you know where your children are? Weâ€™re not trying to tell parents how to parent, but itâ€™s a friendly reminder because we get caught up with two or three jobs; so you got latch key kids where they are home with no supervision or teaching. All we are is that friendly reminder, that friendly voice being positive,â€ said Luv.
When asked how can DJâ€™s collectively help to reduce violence, Luv said, â€œI do not play violent music; so I canâ€™t speak for another DJ only for me and my partner, Joe Soto do. We play old school music that has lyrics that came from and reach the heart. We are almost like teachers as well. We teach that they can listen to that (music that promotes and glories violence), but thatâ€™s only entertainment, not real life. Listen to some music thatâ€™s real musicâ€ and does not contain pro-gun and pro-violence lyrics.
When asked if positive rappers can come on his show or his station as an incentive to youth, Luv said, â€œItâ€™s not up to me. Radio has changed tremendously, but Iâ€™m into anything that is positive. If the station decides to do something like that, itâ€™s fine. Itâ€™s up to the programming department.â€
When asked how can DJâ€™s help to end the violence, Greer, who is an air personality at WSNR.US â€œFor The Grown and Sexyâ€ and president/CEO of AG Entertainment & Sound, said, â€œDJâ€™s can help stop the violence by stopping the (violent) music.
â€œBack in the day when I worked at WGCI, Elroy Smith had this great idea to stop about the senseless violence that was going on. That is what we need to do. Less music and more talking about stopping and doing something to stop the violence is more important.â€
Saying he in favor of playing positive music, Greer said, â€œThey donâ€™t want to hear any positive music on the radio, and kids donâ€™t really listen to radio anyway. They listen to their downloads, their Rhapsody, iTunes or anywhere they can download free musicâ€¦.â€
If there was some positive rap out there, I think more people would listen. I think that is what we need, positive rap. I feel if you play it, theyâ€™ll come…,â€ said Greer. He said Christian and positive rappers can send their samples to him at the following e-mail address: Lpgreer@gmail.com.
Greer will be back to Josephineâ€™s Hardtime Cooking Restaurant on Sunday, May 20, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. playing his collection of dusties, old school, Steppin, house music and R&B music. As he signed off, several couples were still dancing.
Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.