house plays an important role in songs and yet, somehow, what we call 'house' music has nothing to do with houses. So here we investigate real house music, under the auspices that all 'real house music' falls into certain categories:
1) Playing House: The first category that has to be discussed is the idea of Playing House. There are many songs about playing house. Cooking, re-painting, making a homestead, raising a family, having barbecues and a fireplace and a bedroom upstairs to conceive a couple of children. Of course, songs about playing house don't intend to actually describe any of these things as some kind of 'long-termn plans' but is more of a romantic and playful characterization in which the most important part of the 'house' is usually the bedroom. The truth is that 'playing house' isn't actually buying a house or getting a mortgage. That's just a metaphor. 'Playing House' is actually the courtship phase of the relationship. Elvis wasn't the first to sing about such things, but given what comes after several trips to the playhouse bedroom, he appropriately repeats the word 'baby' for a world record seventy-five times (guesstimated) in the first thirty seconds of this playful song called "Let's Play House" .
3) Having Children
When a relationship turns out and seems to be going well, a couple might start thinking about having children. And I often ponder the situation in this way: "Well, Even if you have, Even if you need. I don't mean to stare. We don't have to breed. We could plant a house. We could build a tree. I don't even care. We can have all three." And that's when my heart is warmed and I get that wonderful feeling about having children. Or maybe not. Perhaps Nirvana's Breed is more indicative of the decision-making process involved in whether or not two people are intending to continue partying and having fun as a couple or to have a child or two and finally 'settle down' as their parents might say.
4)Raising Children in the Suburbs
With or without children, and even with or without a personal property like a house, life can often seem like drudgery and continuous repetition. But with all those seemingly necessary accoutrements that come with a house: a wife/husband, kids, a car or two, a lawn, a garden, a backyard, a driveway, perhaps a dog or cat. All of this comes with many responsibilities. And sometimes those responsibilities can make a person feel like they are a little...um.. trapped.. like a prisoner... inside a life that demands much more of your time, effort and money than you anticipated, and yet just keeps going on and on without changing very much for the better over a long period of time. In this sort of situation a person can start to wonder about things like: "Why the hell am I constantly mowing this stupid lawn, when I know that it's just going to grow back tomorrow? I know there's no end to this job, and yet I just keep doing it!" And this, could be the reason why our minds are taken from us in our later years... biology takes away our sensibility for fear that we might feel that if we were too aware of ourselves and our surroundings, we might feel we've wasted our lives doing something that we don't really care about. If we were to realize this in our elderly years, we might get really angry and decide that we're going to take a few people with us when we go. Thankfully, we won't be able to remember who or why, and we'll be far too tired and weak to bother, so instead we'll go to the mall, buy a lemonade, then sit down in the food court and make sour faces at the younger generation that shops there. Eventually, however, we'll forget our way back home and perhaps that's a good thing.
There. So now you know everything about having a house and raising a family, all thanks to many of your favourite musicians.