In order to keep my audience captive I realize I need to reveal things about myself that are fascinating. I also need to ask thought-provoking questions.The sort that make you go "hmmm." So here is something I've been thinking about lately. What is the lamest music you can admit to liking? I asked someone in my ward this question and he made an excellent point. He emphasized the fact that all of male country is lame (and admitted to liking it) except Dwight Yoakam who could not (by any stretch of the imagination) be said to be "lame." What male country figure is as cool as Dwight? (Lyle Lovett? But real male country doesn't really claim him.) At any rate, as most of you know the answer to this question for me is Barry Manilow. I truly appreciate just how lame he is but my love and admiration for him as a musician will never waiver. If this makes me lame by association I accept it. Those 3 verses and a key change are transcribed on my heart. Admit it! You love Mandy too!
Another thought-provoking question is this: What is the coolest music that you know you should like but don't? It has taken me 30 years to be able to admit this, but I really don't like jazz. I hate it. Fusion? Spare me the 50 hours of jamming and that goes for you too, Sting. I do like Blues, don't get me wrong.
And the band that I know everyone who is "smart" and "cool" worships but I really can not get into? Yes, I'm talking about Radiohead. Sorry. Even though Michael Stipe thinks Radiohead is so good it hurts him. Not me. But I do like other cool things, which I will not defend here. I don't want to leave the impression that all I do is spurn Radiohead and listen to Barry Manilow. But I would, if those were my 2 choices. I confess. I might lie about it to Michael Stipe if he asked though, maybe not. Would he respect me more for my honesty?
One last thing that has taken a long time to admit. I really do like Paul better than John. I know that John is edgier, perhaps even cooler and all that Paul has to recommend him is the fact that he is so much more adorable than John but he really is my favorite. And I like his songs better. I am a 32 year old woman and I can just say it. That is not to say that I don't like John, because I do. Maybe it's the pathos of Paul's later life and the whole one-footed woman thing that made me really fall for him so decidedly. At least I'm cool enough to know that John was cooler, but I don't care, and that's what makes me cool, right? (Like Marge Simpson.) Enough! I feel naked with all this self-revelation. (Isn't it compelling reading?)