I started this a long time ago. The hot topics in the news have obviously changed and some of these opinions aren’t quite so relevant today. But I still feel it’s all worth saying…
I’ve been pretty silent lately, so I thought I needed something strong to restart me in the writing mode. While some people may not believe it, I try to keep certain opinions and comments off of facebook, knowing that facebook is rarely the time or place to engage in divisive debates. That said, I have been biting my tongue for far too long on a few topics and lately feel a strong desire to share – even if it does not end well. I’m quite certain that I will lose a few friends in this next election season, so we might as well get the ball rolling now!
I’ll start light with my first unpopular opinion: I really do not like that Shut Up and Dance song. Even before it was overplayed at every opportunity on every possible radio station, I just didn’t like it. I don’t have a reason on this one, just an opinion: I hate it.
This next bit is going to be a harder for some people to swallow. There are three popular music artists that I really can’t stand: Sara Bareilles, Sam Smith, and Bruno Mars. I know! I’m sorry!
I haven’t like Sara since her first song, King of Whatever it was (it really is a dumb song), but I tried really, really hard to turn it around with Brave. I know that song has a great message and inspired so many hospital-based YouTube videos, but I can’t do it! I know it’s me and not her, but her voice actually hurts my ears. I have to change the station immediately.
And I know so many of you love Sam Smith, but I. Just. Can’t. Again, something about his voice just rakes my spine. I know it’s all deep and lovely and what have you, but honestly, I feel like I’m getting Rick Rolled every time I hear him on the radio. Truly.
What can I say about Bruno? I think that it may have all started with the Lazy Song, which never seemed like a real actual song that should be played on the radio, but I can’t be certain. I have seen him perform a couple of songs live, and if you can remotely tolerate his terrible songs, I’m sure he puts on an amazing show! The worst part is that my kids love Uptown Funk, so I’m forced to endure listening to those nonsensical lyrics far more than should be allowed by the Eighth Amendment.
If you haven’t decided to unfriend me yet, I do appreciate it. It’s possible we could work through our differences…except there’s one more thing I have to say. I probably shouldn’t even say it. This could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. I’m afraid if I say it out loud (well, ok fine, “put it in writing”) then I really will lose some friends. But if I continue to keep it bottled up, it will just eat away at me until I am an empty vessel of sadness.
First, please understand that I have tried so hard to reverse my opinion on this subject. I know that I am on the wrong side of history here, I do. But in my heart, I cannot stop it. There are certain songs that come up on the radio. And my first reaction is, Oooh! I really like this song! And then my second reaction is to look to see who sings it. One Direction. Every time. I know! I KNOW! 1D! It’s not good. It’s shameful. But I can’t help myself. I like almost all of their songs. My only consolation is that I’m pretty sure they don’t write any of their own songs, so in reality I am appreciating the real song writer’s talents. And also, those goofballs really can sing. Don’t worry though, I won’t be going to any of their concerts. Probably.
So there you have it. I’ve spoken my piece. If you’ve made it this far and we are still friends, thank you for accepting me as I am. Know that in civilly discussing our differences, we can all gain more knowledge and better understanding of humanity in general.
When you speak, speak to explain not to convert.
When you listen, listen to understand not to judge.