I wonder how the FCC feels about the music of John Dowland?

Recently we received a memo at the station from the good legal minded folks at DowLohnes and subsequently had a meeting with the KUHF attorney to discuss the government's latest attack on broadcasters. . .

It's called the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005. Here's a quote from the DowLohnes memo:

"With the enactment of the Broadcast Decency Enforecement Act of 2005, broadcasters face significant financial consequences for the broadcast of obscene, indecent, or profane material. This new law allows for the FCC to fine broadcasters as much as $325,000 for each utterance of profanity or display of indecent or obscene material in a particular broadcast, up to a maximum fine of $3,000,000."

After I learned of this new statute, I wondered what the FCC might say if they new one of my favorite songs by John Dowland. So today was the test day. . . With this new knowledge I decided to open today's Aftenoon Concert with the song Come Again, Sweet Love. It's a typical song of the day estolling the pleasures of life and youth. The following is a quote from http://www.answers.com/(which seems to quote from the All Music Guide - go figure):

"In the first verse, the singer urges the beloved to come to him again, so they can enjoy together the pleasures of love, "to see, to hear, to touch, to kiss, to die, " in the second he sings of his sorrow, "I sit, I sigh, I weep, I faint, I die, " and in the somewhat less graceful third verse, he claims that nothing can move her heart, "By sighs, and tears, more hot than are thy shafts/ Did tempt, while she for triumph laughs." ~ All Music Guide"

(In the above text the author refers to the third verse which is actually the final verse of the full version of the text. It is worth noting that the phrase "to die" is similar to what the french refer to as "petite morte" or. . .well, I can't say in english. . .I might get fined!)

The full text follows:

Come again,
sweet love doth now invite,
thy graces that refrain
to do me due delight.
To see, to hear,
to touch, to kiss,
to die with thee again
in sweetest sympathy

Come again,
that I may cease to mourn
through thy unkind disdain
for now left and forlorn.
I sit, I sigh,
I weep, I faint,
I die, in deadly pain
and endless misery

Gentle love,
draw forth thy wounding dart:
Thou canst not pierce her heart;
For I that do approve.
By sighs and tears
more hot than are
thy shafts, did tempt while she
for scanty tryumphs laughs

-Anon. (Music by John Dowland, 1597)


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