Improving School Dances with “Safe Music” and Responsible DJs

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Comments, Concerns, Questions, Complaints

Micah Birchfield: Bloomburg ISD writes:  

Clean lyrics, subject matter… not so much While some of the “Safe Songs” certainly don’t contain major swear words (though in my neck of the woods, “damn” is still not acceptable, either), it should be pointed out for those not in the know, sometimes the ideas and actions mentioned in the songs may not be appropriate for a school venue. I don’t think this is necessarily stressed strongly enough when listing the weekly songs. This weeks “safe song”, “Uptown Funk” is a prime example. Ignoring the fact that the chorus repeatedly says “hot damn” in the first 40 seconds of the song, there’s a line that says, “Fill my cup put some liquor in it.” I’m not sure about your school, but mine would certainly frown upon me setting that example. So please, folks, be sure and listen to these songs first. This site is an awesome resource, but there’s still no resource like the one between your ears.  November 19 2014

Our guide at the SDN is to eliminate songs that promote or glorify, sex, drugs/alcohol or violence.  Just references to them is not enough to eliminate the song from the “Safe Songs” .  But as Micah states, every school, region and administration has a different  standard.  

bertDJ Bert Lindsay writes:  

Keep up the great work and give us more!!! Ric, I am SO stoked about being a member of SDN. I haven’t had any inquiries from my listing, but the offerings I receive each week for DNPs as well as the Safe Songs Top 30 give me great information. I ALSO utilize much of your content to pass along on social networks or my blog. I would encourage the SDN staff to post MORE of the school dance stories for sharing. Be it stories of DJs who don’t use good judgement in playing for schools or other stories regarding content like twerking, panty checks and etc. — by reposting this via other members, I believe the membership of SDN can help increase awareness of this organization among concerned parents as well as school (& church) leaders and administration. Keep up the fantastic work! — This e-mail was sent from a contact form on school dance network  November 8 2014

Holcomb_ PresWillis High school in Willis Texas launches  a new SAFE radio station.  

Hey Ric
I am starting a School Radio Station and was looking for the exhaustive Safe Song list for schools so I know what I should/should not play on our station. Is that list still available?

 (You bet Coach, Thanks for using our services to help build your station.)

Coach Pres Holcomb Varsity Girls Soccer Coach / Computer Teacher November 5 2014

mary lambertHello Ric,
I am going to try out Secrets by Mary Lambert at a school dance this week.
You should put a note on the chart to edit out “shit” and “killing each other” to make it more appropriate for schools the version I downloaded from amazon , which was supposedly clean, still needed edits.
I think its gonna be a big hit with the schools. Alan Bernard 10/28/14

tom farley head shot_edited-1I really appreciated your DJ Member article on “Profiling” as it contained some great insights.  I guess after we do the “DJ Thing” as long as we have been doing it, we just automatically do the things you mentioned in the article.  But it’s always good to be reminded about what helps make us successful.  Keep up the good work!

DJ-CoolHandComment: I don’t do school dances often, but I got offered one by the Salvation Army for 200 middle school students with excellent attendance.  I’m happy that, because of your list, I will be able to keep the dance floor clean for students and their families. Keep up the good work! Luke Joachim DJ CoolHand

521687_52079435-400-300x225just wanted to let you know, I refer to School Dance Network all the time for school safe music. I am a starting dj in high school (don’t criticize me yet) and just recently did a middle school dance that had an extremely strict student council adviser. He said that even some radio/clean edits New DJ Tyler, an SDN Fan

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