March 9th, 2008


Music shame

I was browsing videos on YouTube just now, and I ran across someone singing a cover of Blessid Union of Souls "I Believe," which reminded me of music that I'm not proud of liking, and I remember how I bought *NSYNC's "No Strings Attached" CD when it came out, and I was so ashamed of owning it, that I had my sister make a label to put over the top of it so no one would know it was *NSYNC. That reminded me of how I was listening to Evanescence the other day, rocking out to it, because I really haven't listened to that album in a couple of years, and then I got a phone call. I suddenly got very ashamed of what I was listening to.

Prior to that, I haven't really experienced music shame for quite some time. I'm usually pretty good about owning up to what I like. I got over my *NSYNC shame probably six or seven years ago, and was out there admitting that I liked them. Generally, my philosophy is if you like it, you should be able to like it, even if other people might call you names for liking it, or say that you have "poor taste" in music for listening to it. I mean, what's "poor taste"? Is it poor taste just because I like listening to music that you don't like listening to? Is it poor taste because the music I happen to like is liked by the "masses"? Is there really one right answer to any of these questions? What do you think? What type of music are you ashamed to be listening to (and liking)?