Confession time. I like that song “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha. I can’t help it. Every time I hear that song, I want to get up and start shaking my butt. However, just in admitting that I like it makes me cringe because there are people who would judge me for that. Especially when I admit that I actually like a LOT of her songs.
But this site is all about confessions, so there you have it.
So here’s a question: why do some people decide what music should or should not be taken seriously? Yes, I know Ke$ha is a train wreck, but hey, that’s EXACTLY what her songs are about. There is no pretension about her trying to be something she isn’t. Her songs are about being a train wreck and being okay about it. And she doesn’t take herself too seriously like way too many acts in this business. She’s having fun and GOOD FOR HER.
And maybe I admire that about her. Even if some people wouldn’t even dare call that music. Because it’s pop. And because it’s probably auto-tuned.
In the end, though, I don’t care because I LIKE IT. And it makes me feel good. And isn’t that one thing that music is supposed to do?
I go through periods in my life where all I want to listen to is mass marketed music (i.e., pop). Because that kind of music is simple. There is nothing serious about it and it has a beat that makes you want to dance. Because sometimes life just sucks. But that doesn’t mean the music you listen to should make you feel even worse.
Right now, I want music that makes me think that what I’d really like to be doing is out partying. So thank you, Ke$ha.
For me, music has always been about bringing me to a better place. It’s why I work in the music industry. So if it takes someone like Ke$ha to make me feel good about myself, so be it. Just call it another guilty pleasure.
So what’s your musical guilty pleasure?