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Guilty iPod Pleasures -- Writer's Poke #104

For Writers:

In 1997 I decided it was time to eliminate about 20 hair metal bands from my CD collection; although I still liked the groups, I just felt like it was time to make a clean break. So one night I took all of my Styper and Warrant and Whitesnake, et al, to the factory where I worked, and I gave them all away.

And then I immediately regretted it.

Eventually, I would replace every single CD that I had tried to purge from my musical soul. I had to admit it to myself: I'm stuck with the groups I love. I will never forsake them again, and I will not feel embarrassed for liking what I like.

On the other hand, just like the Ford Focus car commercial where a driver gets outed for liking Michael Bolton, we probably all have music on our iPods that embarrasses us. For me, I suppose a guilty pleasure still on my iPod would be the pseudo-lesbian Russian duo t.a.T.u. In fact, I have both of their albums, but in my defense, I do not have any Bolton, Celine Dion, Yanni, or Liberace.

Actually, I'd love to have me some Liberace. :p

Do you have any tunes on your iPod that embarrass you? Why do you keep them?

"Without music life would be a mistake." -- Nietzsche


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