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Don’t apologize for the music that moves you

If I had a dollar for every time lately I’ve seen the Facebook status, “I’m ashamed to admit, but I like the new Justin Bieber song”, I’d have enough to buy myself a lot of donuts.

And that got me thinking. Why does anyone need to be ashamed to like a song? Oh. Is it because Justin isn’t cool? He’s just a punk ass punk with too many dollars and Lambourghinis to care about humanity? Well, maybe. I do believe he’s coming around though. But heck. It’s music! Listen to it, enjoy it.

I’m so tired of the music police, the snobs that tell us what’s cool to listen to. “OH you like top 40??? Uh, mah, gah. That is like SOO mainstream. I only listen to music written by starving artists performed in roadside taverns.”  or

“If you don’t know what REAL rap music is, and think Macklemore can out rhyme Tupac, then you just are the devil.”

“Ariana Grande doesn’t deserve to breathe the air that Mary J. Blige breathes”

I’m making these up. But seriously. Quit it. Let people like what they like. If you like Animal from the Muppets, then GREAT! He’s a fantastic puppet drummer.

Even fellow artists seem to diss on each other. Dave Grohl is kinda famous for that. But it’s fine. He’s cool. I mean, he’s Dave Grohl. Yet, if folks think One Direction is fun to fill up their iTunes with, are they worth living? Yes. Yes they are. Kanye is the KING of dissing on folks. I mean, do I need to say more? Poor Beck. Yet, he doesn’t need Kanye’s approval. I think he’ll be just fine. And Taylor? I don’t think she’s suffered since he hijacked her acceptance speech.

And remember, One Direction was this cute collection of boy singers that blew everyone away on Britian’s X Factor. We loved them and their moppy do’s when we didn’t even know them. Oh, but once they get big- well, then it’s cool to hate on them.

Music is personal. It transcends generations. It makes us feel good. Or it makes us wallow in the self pity we want to wallow in. It’s a break-up song. It’s a first dance song. It’s a play list when you go to cross-fit class. It’s what helps you get that last mile on the trail. It’s what your grandma listened to when you came for a visit and it makes you miss her and wish for cookies and peppermint tea when you hear it again. It can be so many things.

It’s subjective. What floats your boat might not float my boat.

McSweetie is a metal head. He loves heavy metal. God. Help. Me. I tried listening to some of it with him on a road trip and got so depressed. Also, I couldn’t understand what they were singing because it sounded a little bit like Grover from Sesame Street. But I don’t put him down for it because I don’t understand Tool or Rammstein. He goes to concerts all the time. It makes him happy. Do I go with him? No. He can have his Motley Crue and his Qeensryche and I’ll just enjoy my Katy Perry and Crystal Gale.

What?? I like Crystal Gayle okay!!

Actually, I like a lot of music. Really random. Mostly show tunes. I LOVE show tunes. Give me a good soundtrack as well. Last of the Mohicans? Muriel’s Wedding? OH my gosh- classic!

Also, I like the Bee Gees, Niel Diamond, Iggy Azalea, Macklemore, Queen, Adele, Culture Club, George Michael, Cole Porter, Annie Lennox, Patsy Cline, En Vogue.

Remember En Vogue? Oh my gosh, every time I hear that song- ‘Free Your Mind’ I want to strut on some catwalk wearing a long gown and wearing my Bitchy Resting Face. I LOVE it!

Should I go on? You can tell my interests are random, traditional, maybe a little sentimental.

My point is, I like all kinds of music. There’s a lot of music I don’t like. But will I rain on those people’s parades? Nope.

Oh my gosh- Don’t Rain on My Parade- Barbara Streisand, Funny Girl, 1968. SO GOOD!! Do I work out to that song? MAAYBE. You betcha. << Sarah Palin where did you come from?

There’s a lot of music I don’t understand. But that doesn’t it make it bad. Did song writers and artists like Freddy Mercury, David Bowie, Paul Simon and so many others, write poetry that takes you places unlike some artists today who seem to just be all about their entourage and production team? Yeah, sure.

But that’s okay. Does everyone like opera? Heck no. But is The Magic Flute some of Mozart’s best work? Yes.

Is Kanye a genius? It depends. Did he write a Rock Opera like The Who did with Tommy, did he compose probably the best movie soundtrack we know in our time like John Williams did with Star Wars? Nope. But THAT’S OKAY.

I need to stop picking on Kanye! My point is, the people that like his music probably don’t like The Who or even get goose bumps when they hear Star Wars.

Remember, it’s subjective. But there’s room for everyone, and everyone’s cup of tea.

So I’ll just be hear listening to Dixie Chicks and Wham! enjoying myself.

Don’t judge.

And stop apologizing.