|If you ever run out of glitter, you know where to find me.|
pretty much anywhere else, this question would fall in the “Mostly Harmless”
category. It’s easy to have a
casual conversation about music you’re currently into or to “Quick! Name three
bands you’re digging hard right now.”
There will always be people that judge you for the music you admit to
listening to, but the commitment implied by naming a “Favorite Band” is another
beast entirely. And surrounded by
people whose career is based around the indie music scene, the pressure only increases.
Black Keys are usually a easy go-to if you want to convince someone you know
good music, but here, even that wasn’t a safe answer, because they’ve become so
mainstream. At the other end of
the spectrum, if you name someone no one’s ever heard of, you risk looking
presumptuous or altogether weird.
A similar problem arises if you go classic with something like Led
Zeppelin or Van Halen, because it implies that you feel music has yet to be as
good as it was in the [insert decade here]. If you venture farther and say someone like Miles Davis or
Duke Ellington, you could come across as a genuine fan of the genre, or you could wind up looking like you’re
snubbing your nose at everyone else.
If you name someone that hasn’t been around long enough, you risk
looking capricious or irresolute.
about this point in my mental breakdown I realized something about myself: I care what people think of me way more
than I thought I did. When did
being effortless start requiring so much effort?
at once an idea occurred to me. I
would write down Ke$ha. Complete
with currency notation. Part of it
was to protest the question altogether.
No one should ever be forced to come up with a “Favorite Band.” If you’ve got one, more power to you, I
suppose, although I’d posit the idea that maybe you should listen to more
music. It was sort of a way to
say, “Alright, I’ll give you a Favorite Band, but you’re not going to like it.”
it goes deeper than that.
like Ke$ha. I honestly,
unabashedly enjoy her music. I like
her be-yourself battle call and her unapologetic straightforwardness. I also think she’s a talented lyricist,
although her chart-topping pop anthems aren’t the best examples. On top of it all, she doesn’t take
herself too seriously, especially compared to some of her contemporaries (cough
cough, Lady Gaga). Most of my
workmates do not share my opinions, but I thought I would take a cue from Ke$ha
and be who I R (u kno?). Because I
wasn’t just being ironic about the Favorite Band question, hoping that others
interpreted it as a joke. By
actually meaning the name I wrote down, I was being ironic about being ironic,
in an attempt to create an explosion of irony powerful enough to teach Alanis
Morissette the meaning of the word.
else said The Black Keys.