I was having a discussion with a friend the other day and I told her that while I like all types of music there were certain songs that I just really don’t like. To her this equated that I don’t like all types of music. I don’t agree with her and I doubt that I ever will. It just does not make sense no matter how objectively I try to look at it.
I don’t see how an aversion to certain songs here and there equals cutting out and depreciating an entire genre of music. For instance the song “” by Bobby McFerrin is a tune that I did like in the beginning. Overtime however hearing this makes me want to smash my head against a rock. I don’t know if it was overplayed or just extremely annoying, but I learned to loath this song. I do appreciate the artists work and what he achieved with it. Still I can do without ever hearing it again.
One song that I also used to like but now hate is the song “” by Boys 2 Men. I hate that song for a reason. It brings up bad memories for me. This song came about when I was a sophomore in high school and I was dating a really cute football player who turned out to be not so cute. He used to sing this song, badly I might add, to me all the time. So now when I hear this song I think of him and get instantaneously angry. Now, I ask you, does this mean I hate Boys 2 Men, R&B music or love songs? Well does it?
A more recent song that just fills me with uncontrollable rage is the song “Bed” by J Holiday. I hate, loath and despise this song. I hate everything about it. The lyrics, the music, the composition. Everything. It grates on my nerves like nails down a chalkboard when I hear it. It is by far the most irritating song ever and I wish I could shoot it, dismember it and bury it so that I never have to hear it again. That’s how much I hate this song. Got nothing against the kid singing it, though I’m sure he’s all auto-tune, but I have to respect his hustle and this song made him popular. But I seriously believe that my IQ level dropped 10 points having heard this song.
Got an even better one for you. As astonishing as this may sound I absolutely abhor one Michael Jackson song. Yes, it’s true. According to my mother, grandmother and aunt the song “She’s Out Of My Life” disturbed me as an infant. An infant, people! With no concept of music appreciation whatsoever I was hating on this song from a bassinet. They had to stop the record(look it up if you don’t know what that is) before it got to this or I would have a class A fit. Listening to it as an adult I didn’t find anything in particular that was god awful about the song until he hit this one particular note that for some reason does not sit well with me. So suffice it to say, I still can’t listen to this song. I dare someone to tell me I’m not a Michael Jackson fan cause I don’t like this. I will slap the taste buds off your tongue.
And I admit that yes, there are some artist or acts that I may not like too much, but they unfortunately they by some magical design they have catchy songs. Perfect example of this is the Pussycat Dolls. Hate them. Aside from being a shallow, plastic, under dressed mess, they are thieves. Their very first hit “Don’t Cha” was stolen from a burlesque act created by Elise Neal. I never understood why they were a group anyway. It was basically Nicole Scherzinger and the rest were her backup dancers. So while I think that they were auto tuned talentless hacks, that song “Buttons” is freaking awesome. I love that one.
What is it about certain songs or genres that make us hate them or like them. Is it in the music itself that we are opposed/drawn to? Is it the lyrics or the artist or the presentation? When we hear a song, what is it within us that once we hear it we decide then and there that we like it or don’t? Does it come down to we just like what we like or is there something more to it? Just curious.