Republicans target harmful "Noise Music" By Jeffery Harmon, CNN Political Editor April 1, 2010 8:37 a.m. EDT Stop The Noise STORY HIGHLIGHTS Conservative culture group wants to legislate music for family upliftment Donors who pay $25 or more will receive "Stop The NOISE" T-shirt Congressman Hezikiah Burnell (R-Utah) spearheads bill to outlaw music not meeting Cultural Panel's approval (CNN) -- A jubilant Hezikiah Burnell had just left a successful Congressional hearing yesterday where a bill was introduced to make it a misdemeanor "to compose, perform or produce any music not deemed having uplifting family values". The Republican congressman from Utah had rallied many conservative lawmakers to consider a sweeping intiative to legislate musical expression. "We have found a gradual decline in family values in our youth which is in direct correlation to their exposure to harmful music coming from urban areas", Burnell said. In a statement released by Burnell's organiztion, CODA (Congressional Oversight Defending the Arts) states "Rap, hip-hop and jazz music contains messages of elicit sex, drugs and profuse profanity often leading the nation's young people to question the notion of God, family and our nation. American music has been infiltrated by music from all over the world diluting our music and its core American values. Burnell explained "In fact there is a group of musicians in Chicago called the AACM whose total musical expression is the creation of music which has no rhythm, no melody and frankly sounds like garbage cans falling down a staircase. Our goal is the establishment of a Congressional Arts Panel empowered to review music from across the country and make recommendations to change melodies, harmonies and lyrics to fall in line with the moral agenda exemplied by the music of the Pat Boone, King Family and Anita Bryant". We have contacted Marie Osmand to act as our spokeman and explore the possibility of reaching out to hip hop and rap artists to produce a series of CDs embracing our ideal of uplifting music. Suggested songs titles for the new collaboration are "Baby Got Back-to Jesus", "What's Goin' On-ward Christian Soldiers" and a remake of Dizzy Gillespie's jazz classic "O Bop She Bam - Speaking in tongues for the Lord". CODA is embracing this intiative with the hope of raising some cash. Donors who give at least $25 will receive "a limited edition "Stop The NOISE" T-shirt in a super-soft, fine jersey (men's) or baby rib (women's) cotton fabric," according to a new fundraising page posted Wednesday on CODA's Web site. RELATED TOPICS Music Organizing for America Republican Party Charles Jergens, a DNC spokesman, told CNN he thinks it is important for Democrats to highlight the importance of the arts and reform. "Music reform is a huge and historic deal that will benefit American families," Jergens said. "We and our supporters agree with the basic tenants of CODA - morality and music do need to be examined but we are concerned that a congressional panel is not the best way."