I Likes What I Likes

Before you read on, I must let you know that I’m in a lot of pain and drugged up to the eyeballs so you have been warned.

I read in the Guardian online today that Ed Miliband aparently has no music taste because of the tunes he chose for Desert Island Discs. On the plus side, Kitty Empire, the paper’s resident pop critic, did damn him with faint praise saying that his choices had a “warped sincerity” to them.

While I am fine with critics giving their opinion of music – that is their job after all – I am most definitely NOT OK when they start to criticise one’s personal musical choices. I have never had a cool or trendy taste in music. My first loves were The Osmonds and Tchaikovsky. Even in the 1970s, these were deemed ‘cheesy’. Punk passed me by at the time although now I can look back at the movement and enjoy quite a lot of it. But I like what I like and take issue with anyone who dares to criticise me for it.

My favourite songs tend to come and go anyway. I am always discovering new artists to add to my list of favourites and it is inevitable that time dulls what used to sound fresh and exciting to my ears. But my likes and my likes and it is not the job or Ms. Empire or any other critic to tell me Im wrong.

With that in mind, what follows is my DOSBBIS* Island Favourites for November 2013. If you’d like the opportunity to have your own say and share your favourites, please contact me and I will happily offer up my blog for you to be loud and proud, regardless of what I or anyone else thinks.

First is a recent find, Bad Things by Jace Everett. Ive never watched it but apparently it’s the theme music to True Blood. I just love his sexy voice and lyrics and it makes me smile.

Next up is Pause by Emily Barker. This is another TV show theme tune – The Shadow Line. I loved the TV show but not as much as I love the haunting melody and voice of Ms Barker.

I played euphonium in the Glasgow Concert Band in my teens. They introduced me to Vaughan Williams and his English Folk Song Suite makes me very happy. The second movement, Seventeen Come Sunday is what I want played at my funeral. I also want a clown giving out balloon animals. And I am absolutely serious about this so if it doesn’t happen, I’m coming back to haunt you.

My penultimate choice today is Wild is The Wind by David Bowie. This is one of the few occasions when I think a cover has surpassed the original artist (Nina Simone) I long to have someone sing to me, “Don’t you know you’re life itself?” I’d be jelly. Total utter. wibbly-wobbly jelly.

And finally, here in all it’s camp, wonderful glory is Tim Curry as Frank N Furter singing I Can Make You A Man. Take it away Frank!

So it’s over to you. If you’d like to share your taste, use the Let’s Keep In Touch page or PM me on Facebook or Twitter. I look forward to sharing your choices.

*DOSBBIS means Deserted Off Season But Busy In Summer. Naturally.

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14 Comments

  1. Ailsa Abraham
    Nov 25, 2013

    Love it! I was having this conversation only yesterday with someone who was condemning anyone who didn’t like a particular TV programme as “lacking vision”. Personal taste is just that and nobody has the right to criticise anyone else for it.
    Love the idea! I would love to play .

    • Nettie
      Nov 25, 2013

      Fab! I’d love to share your 5 choices, Ailsa. You know where I live so once you have a post and youtube links for me, I’ll happily make it so xxx

  2. Ailsa Abraham
    Nov 25, 2013

    Love it! I was having this conversation only yesterday with someone who was condemning anyone who didn’t like a particular TV programme as “lacking vision”. Personal taste is just that and nobody has the right to criticise anyone else for it.
    Love the idea! I would love to play .

    • Nettie
      Nov 25, 2013

      Fab! I’d love to share your 5 choices, Ailsa. You know where I live so once you have a post and youtube links for me, I’ll happily make it so xxx

  3. Ailsa Abraham
    Nov 25, 2013

    Wheeeeeeeee – that’s great – you thought YOUR taste was eclectic? Well hold onto your woolly bunnet, kid, cos the mixed up Mama is coming through.

  4. Ailsa Abraham
    Nov 25, 2013

    Wheeeeeeeee – that’s great – you thought YOUR taste was eclectic? Well hold onto your woolly bunnet, kid, cos the mixed up Mama is coming through.

  5. Margot Kinberg
    Nov 25, 2013

    Nettie – I couldn’t possibly agree with you more. Music affects everyone differently and there’s nothing to say you can’t adore the music you adore. Who cares what others think? That’s the thing about music. It’s a personal expression, so everyone hears it differently.

    • Nettie
      Nov 25, 2013

      Margot, you put that far more eloquently than I! Thank you x

  6. Margot Kinberg
    Nov 25, 2013

    Nettie – I couldn’t possibly agree with you more. Music affects everyone differently and there’s nothing to say you can’t adore the music you adore. Who cares what others think? That’s the thing about music. It’s a personal expression, so everyone hears it differently.

    • Nettie
      Nov 25, 2013

      Margot, you put that far more eloquently than I! Thank you x

  7. Abi Burlingham
    Nov 25, 2013

    So glad you wrote this post. I detest snobbery of any kind as it is judgemental and not based on the truth – and music snobbery makes me want to stomp my feet and throw my rattle out of the cot. I have very diverse music tastes, and as you put it, I likes what I likes. As with most things, there’s no rule book – thank goodness!

    • Nettie
      Nov 25, 2013

      Well said, Abi. So long as music makes me smile or cry, I’ll like it. There has to be an emotional response for me. But each to their own :0)

  8. Abi Burlingham
    Nov 25, 2013

    So glad you wrote this post. I detest snobbery of any kind as it is judgemental and not based on the truth – and music snobbery makes me want to stomp my feet and throw my rattle out of the cot. I have very diverse music tastes, and as you put it, I likes what I likes. As with most things, there’s no rule book – thank goodness!

    • Nettie
      Nov 25, 2013

      Well said, Abi. So long as music makes me smile or cry, I’ll like it. There has to be an emotional response for me. But each to their own :0)

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