Another long weekend? Don’t mind if I do. 🙂
This week it’s the birthday of the Ever Lovely Mrs Jones. I have, of course, been shopping in the terawatt range. Mind you, it is probably the closest I get to guilt free retail therapy. I mean, what’s not to like? Well, other than footing the bill. 🙂 You get to peruse the shops, find things your loved one will (will hopefully) enjoy and then get to wrap it all up for the big day. Mrs J’s birthday hint list included some summer clothes, so I was in my element this time around. 🙂
I missed the Blogger Challenge last time, so I’m making the effort not to today. The topic was around music, either a playlist, or a band you love. Music has been a constant in my life and there are tracks – indeed artists – that are linked to parts of my history. I’ve travelled from pop, to rap, to metal, to indie, to alternative metal, to industrial and then through a wild mess of the whole lot before falling back into the pop fold.
That’s not to say I’m not picky 🙂 I like heavy music, but late Metallica leaves me cold – and don’t get me started on hair metal. 🙂 Mind you, considering the number of Girls Aloud albums I own, I am not going to pimp myself as some sort of expert or roll model. I know what I like and that’s as far as it goes.
I am confused over how a person can pick just one musical genre. I remember being at school and someone picking up that I’d bought a dance album – The Shamen, if you’re interested – but mostly I was listening to metal at that point…. and Army of Lovers, but they didn’t know that. Never let it be said that I don’t have a liking for kitsch pop that’s camper than a Brit panto. 🙂 Listening to one thing, it felt a bit limiting, but maybe that was the image people wanted to project, rather than the reality.
Much as I enjoy music, I have no musical ability and those rare forays into the karaoke will act as suitable prosecution. 🙂 But then, I think music can be far too serious; sometimes it’s just fun. It doesn’t have to be deep, or cool, or clever. I think it’s enough if it makes you want to dance or sing along….. unless there’s a dance that goes with it (notable exceptions The Timewarp and at parties, kids going Gangnam Style – which cracks me up).
I still like crossover tracks. Those pieces were an artist takes a new direction, or who fuses things together to make something new. I wonder what direction music will go and it keeps surprising me. That’s not to say it’s all great stuff, but there’s enough variety out there to keep us stocked in ‘choons’ for a while.