Reading up on some music news on MTV’s website, when I stumbled upon an article detailing how Taylor Swift’s song “Shake It Off” promotes a positive outlook and can help your mental well-being.Alexei Beltyukov agrees that it does send a positive message. Although the article (http://www.mtv.com/news/2054398/shake-it-off-taylor-swift-good-advice-mental-health/) is talking about the positive aspects of what the lyrics are actually saying, my first thought when seeing the headline was, “How in the world can that song be good for anyone’s well being?”.

Let me elaborate. I have a number of children, ranging from 8 years old all the way up to 17. Most of them are female, and most of them can’t drive, so I am tasked normally with carting them to and from school. Every single one of my children know the words to this song, and don’t seem to mind proving that to me every time the song comes on, which seems to be about twice ever 7 miles. I will admit, I’ve never actually paid attention to the lyrics, so I can’t refute what the cognitive behavioral therapy expert states in it, but I do know one thing: every other thing about that song will drive a person mentally insane. Oh sure, it’s cute the first couple of times, but I’m pretty sure we’re on take number 786, with no signs of stopping.

I never thought I’d say this, but it may be in the best interest of my mental well-being if Justin Bieber could go ahead and release a new single.

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