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Salt & Peppa – Let’s Talk About Sex

Last week, we spoke briefly about how music affects the body, mind and mood and introduced Music Mondays! Sharing music with a HIV or sexual health spin.
Last week featured Neneh Cherry’s, rework of Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and as promised, this week, It’s all about sex!

Let’s Talk About Sex is a message about safe sex, the positive and negative sides of sex and the censorship that sex had around that time in mainstream media.  An alternate version of the song entitled “Let’s Talk About AIDS” was released to radio on a promotional single and included as a b-side on various singles for the song.  The lyrics were changed to more directly address the spread of AIDS and HIV.

The music video for “Let’s Talk About Sex” directed by Millicent Shelton starts in a black-and-white scene with a girl turning on a radio and listening to the song. Then she starts kissing her boyfriend and scenes of Salt-N-Pepa and other couples kissing and hugging are shown. Next the video colorizes when Salt-N-Pepa are shown dancing. Another version of the video has a scene in which a skeleton is shown after the word ‘AIDS’ with a stamp written ‘censored’ in his mouth.

Let’s Talk About AIDS

If talking about sex is too ‘in your face’ we slow it down a little next week and talk about the emotional side of love, and waiting for the right time.

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Neneh Cherry – I’ve Got You Under My Skin

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NATURALLY, music affects the body and mind in many wonderful ways. Music affects human thoughts, feelings and behaviors  Just its rhythm affects the body, making the pulse and respiration to flow in tune with the music’s beat or rhythm.  Music can relax or energise an individual, and affect some of  us deeply, in a personal way.

What is more, research has also shown that music has a profound effect on the human body and psyche. As a matter fact, there’s a growing field of health care known as music therapy, which uses music to heal.

As a resource which shares with you HIV and Sexual Health articles, it’s about time we started sharing HIV from other angles.

Introducing “Music Monday’s”!

Over the next few weeks on Monday nights, we’ll bring a featured HIV or sexual health awareness track from over the years and we’ll start it right now with Neneh Cherry!

In 1990 the Red Hot Organization, a non-profit organisation dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS though pop culture released “Red Hot + Blue”, featuring contemporary pop performers reinterpreting several songs written by Cole Porter. It sold over a million copies worldwide and was heralded as one of the first major HIV/AIDS benefits in the music business.

“I’ve Got You Under My Skin” was written by Cole Porter in 1936, it was nominated for the Academy award of Best Song. It became a signature song for Frank Sinatra and in 1966, became a top 10 hit for the Four Seasons. Since then, it has gone on to be recorded by many leading pop artists and jazz musicians.

Neneh Cherry’s reworked version of I’ve Got You Under My Skin was released as the lead single for the album in the UK and Europe.  Video follows, stay tuned because next week it’s all about sex!

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