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I have an even more heretical anecdote: my lesbian sister secretly loathes the music of Melissa Etheridge. My sister says Melissa sings like she's "cranking a loaf." I agree, but as a straight woman, I am not expected to attend ME concerts and own her collected works.
I've never really been more than indifferent to Ani DiFranco either; can't remember a single tune. Etheridge I can take in small doses, but yeah: the singing style does get old. and Tori Amos, by and large, gives me hives. although once in a blue moon, i suppose.
I LOVE Ani!!! Love, love, love her. I don't care if you can't see the beauty of her music, just so long as we don't have to share digs for more than a week or so.But, I'm a big-time folky type (neo-hippy) who hates Bob Dylan. The up/down intonation of his singing makes me want to fill my ears with hemp seeds. Nice songs, I guess, if they were sung by somebody else. (Same with Leonard Cohen, but I don't feel so alone on that one.)
Well, for me, it's not a particular artist but rather an entire genre. I think most CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) is derivative crap. There are a few exceptions, of course. But as a whole, I just don't care for CCM at all.
You mean that as a feminist, I'm supposed to love Ani DiFranco? Crap, why doesn't anyone tell me these things. So not only am I clearly not getting the super-secret mass feminist mind control mailings, but I hate Ani DiFranco's music!Oh well. I guess I better start writing about how Teh Feminists have ruined everything for decent people everywhere! Where people = men, you know, because, well... Oh, never mind. I can't even fake it.I think that as an executive in corporate America, there's all kinds of music I'm supposed to love, but don't. Billy Joel. Bruce Springsteen. Aaaaahh, make the pain stop!
My sister says Melissa sings like she's "cranking a loaf."This may be the first time I've ever thought of Etheridge and Michael Bolton having something in common.
I second susan b.'s distaste for CCM. When I was in college working at the christian-only campus station, we did everything we possibly could to get out of the requirement.We must have played Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" and Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" hundreds of times over my two years at the station. Not to mention the Indigo Girls - until the program manager found out they were lesbians. Sigh.I'm also, probably unique to this comment thread, expected (by nonliberals, anyway) to worship at the feet of Hillary Clinton.
hey, not by me you're not.and, well, -sigh- about Station Manager; in general i am kind of "eh" about Indigo Girls.i suppose they wouldn't have been too keen on Bikini Kill..yeah, Bob Dylan annoys the crap out of me also.
I can turn your question inside out: I am expected to hate CCM, but I don't hate Julie Miller. People I'm expected to love but don't: The aforementioned Leonard Cohen. Sufjan. Dr. Who. (The fictional character and the series.) Julia Butterfly. Helen Caldicott. Post-Blood On The Tracks/Desire Dylan.
Oh, yeah: Holly Near.
you know, I opted out of the music wars back in the day of "Disco Sucks" bumperstickers.I like what I like because it surprises me or makes me smile or makes me weepy or makes me horny or just has such a good beat I dance around the house to it.Well, Mr. Clarke, I'll give it a 85 And that includes movie scores, too.
This wasn't intended to start no music wars. More a confessional thing.Dr. Who (The fictional character and the series.)Ohhhhh yes. "But you like British television!" "Yes, but not Dr. Who." "But you like science fiction!" "Yes, but not Dr. Who." "And you call yourself a geek! Hmmpf!"
ilkyaI didn't mean *you* were starting a music war... it was more a related observation to your question vis a vis what music one is SUPPOSED to "like" (or what celebrities or genre of fiction et al)I just can't think choosing music should be like matching a pair of shoes to an outfit.Damnit, if I want to drink white wine with my bloody rare prime rib, I will!;-)
Does this mean I can now admit publicly to hating Alanis Morisette?Her singing, that is; nothing personal. And she cracks me up as "a very relieved Deity" at the end of Dogma (where she is, thankfully, mute).
U2, REM, most of the Beatles.
Ah, yes, the shitty Beatles. I suppose in '64 or '65 I could have gone around saying I like The Beach Boys infinitely better, without being looked at as if I was a retarded toad smoking a stinky cigar. But try saying that nowadays!Even the Beatles stuff that I know intellectually is "good" leaves me a bit cold. Though I may admire the incredibly clever chord changes, or the passionate (yet thin! thin and weak!) harmony singing, it still doesn't speak to me.
omg, who DOESN'T hate Alanis Morisette?Beatles, well, can't go there with ya. love Beatles.and i always had had the impression that it was vaguely declasse to -not- like Leonard Cohen, but i still love him too, dammit.
Ani DiFranco. I've tried. I really have. But ... no.
Love Ani. Absolutely fucking hate Coldplay.
Surely no one is expected to like Coldplay? I hope so, because I'd fail that test too.Of Rage Against the Machine I will not speak. NO.
omg, who DOESN'T hate Alanis Morisette?Alanis Morisette is a few years older than me, and grew up in my hometown. Guess whose music was played every five minutes on every single radio station when I was in high school? Everyone I grew up with who didn't start off hating Alanis Morisette sure did after...not very long at all.
meant to say up there: that it was vaguely declasse to LIKE Leonard Cohen. (but i do anyway)
She's 32 flavors and then some.
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