music | g – guilty pleasures #atozchallenge

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[Disclaimer: I am not a musician. I can sing. I remember most of the recital piece I played on the piano when I was 6. But I’m not a musician. I know what I like and what I don’t like and what will likely be the soundtrack when I arrive in hell. And I know I’m opinionated as fuck. Especially about music.]
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g | guilty pleasures

This is going to be embarrassing. I’m not sure what possessed me to do it. I guess I thought it would be fun… and hopefully funny. But I reserve the right to deny everything. I’ll just say someone else swiped my laptop and posted it.

We all have guilty pleasures, right? Songs I mean. Not that we don’t have non-music guilty pleasures… but that’s a different post. One song in particular came to mind when I thought ‘guilty pleasure’… but I thought it would be fun (or something) to have more than one. So I went through my music collection. I called out artist names, asking my family, “Should I be embarrassed that I like [questionable artist here]?”

I’m not sure about their answers… but here are a few songs I think of as guilty pleasures… some more embarrassing than others.

Shall we begin the humiliation?

Mandy – Barry Manilow  
When I was little, some people called me ‘Sandy’. (And I hated it so much… still do… please no!) I’m sure you can see where this is going. I was serenaded with this song (with the obvious name substitution) by everyone… dad, friends, sisters… it even came back to haunt me with my college friends. (And by then no one called me horrible ‘Sandy’ *shudder* except when singing this to me…) I guess I should hate this song, but listening to it reminds me of some special people I’ve had in my life.

Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
My husband doesn’t think I should consider this a guilty pleasure. I think I do because it’s kind of a departure from my usual fare. And it doesn’t feel like me… but I love it anyway. I love to sing it (at the top of my lungs alone in the car, usually). And it makes me want to dance. [Yes, even at my age, you know, 29ish, I have watched the video repeatedly trying to learn the dance moves.]

Story of My Life – One Direction
This is really embarrassing. I don’t even know what to say. But damn, did my daughter and I ever bond over this one! Oh… and if you can bear it (or turn off the sound), the video is genius – old photos brought to life… boys walking into those photos. It’s pretty fucking cool. And I cannot believe I just used the words ‘pretty fucking cool’ in a blurb about One Direction. What is happening to me?

And finally…

Bye Bye Bye – *NSYNC
I must preface by saying that I hate Justin Timberlake so much. He was never the greatest talent among these boys… he was just the youngest one with the awful blond-fro that the little girls swooned over. [I don’t get it.] But singing? JC has all the talent. I always wished he’d do some John-Mayer-like music because his voice is beautiful. (He’s had some physically beautiful moments, too. Hey, I’m not creepy… dude is 40 now!)

I met these guys 15 years ago. It was a little fan thing… (I knew a deejay… which had its advantages…) The boys took a couple of minutes with every fan there… said hello, posed for pics. They were so nice. Except for Justin, who was kind of an asshat. While the other guys were sweet and engaging, he seemed like he had somewhere better he wanted to be. To this day, I cannot look at him without cringing. (Too bad the video still below has to have his annoying face.)

Profound (hafuck off-ish lyrics…

Girl I’m doing this tonight
You’re probably gonna start a fight
I know this can’t be right, hey baby come on
I loved you endlessly
And you weren’t there for me
So now it’s time to leave and make it alone

I know that I can’t take no more, it ain’t no lie
I wanna see you out that door
Baby bye, bye, bye

Please try not to laugh at me too much. I don’t want anyone to get hurt.


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Sandra is a writer, sometimes blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Italy, but she would settle for a non-oceanfront home in Italy. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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42 Responses to music | g – guilty pleasures #atozchallenge

  1. It could be worse. I was perusing through mine not long ago and found (gasp)….a Culture Club CD. Shhhhh. Keep that on down low please. 😔

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  2. coolkidandy says:

    Nice guilty pleasures you have there! And why are you embarrassed of 1D’s Story of My Life? It’s a nice song I believe!

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  3. I like every song you put up there… Even that Nsync one which I am humming now since you had a vid up… thanks for that. Let me think,
    Owl City – Fireflies and the dentist song.
    Little bird house in your souls.. by … errr LOL not sure anymore on my ipod.
    and Taco… Puttin on the Ritz.

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  4. Mary B says:

    I like these songs, but only in small doses. Meaning, that I wouldn’t listen to them all the time.

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  5. Too wonderful! You know how much I love Meghan Trainor and I do like all those songs you named. Plus Karma Chameleon, I mean, who doesn’t love that song? 😉

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  6. mandibelle16 says:

    My parents sang me that song when I was little lol. And no embarrassment at Lady GaGa I love that song too, such great dancing and costumes. She’s a talented lady on pop/dance or otherwise. Hey new CD although more restrained is awesome 🙂 and howcsn you not love NSYNC ? 😊👍

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  7. gigglingfattie says:

    Hehe my friend likes to say that no one likes justin timberlake….his music sure but never him.😅

    Love all your guilting pleasure songs!

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  8. Meg Sorick says:

    I love Bad Romance and Poker Face and Paparazzi and … well you get the idea! Gaga is outside my normal music realm too but I really like her. Not so much the other stuff on the list – I never got into any of the boy bands. But back in the day I was into ABBA and I’ve seen Mamma Mia on Broadway three times!

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  9. stephieann8 says:

    I was a Backstreet Boys girl (I LOVED Brain). With Nsync I loved JC. Never was a Justin fan. He sounded like he was singing through his nose! I have a love/hate relationship with Lady Gaga’s music. I am also a closet Manilow fan. My mother loves him. Seen him in concert 3 times.

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  10. I love the first 3 of those songs. I don’t really know the 4th and I don’t judge. Lady Gaga is hella talented IMO. I have a double-disk set of Barry Manilow and it’s on my shuffle!! I also love Ed Sheeran and wish my dd would marry him so we could have adorable singing ginger grandbabies. No guilt, no regrets.

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  12. Tiasa Tilak says:

    Why are you embarrassed to say you like a 1D song ??!! I think a lot of people don’t listen to One Direction only because of the “12 year old fans” stigma associated with them. You should definitely listen to them, they’re amazing. Especially their latest album Made In The AM.

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