“What’s your favorite song?”
I don’t know if this question is asked of you at the same frequency it’s asked of me.
For me, it’s asked so often, I nearly always have an answer ready. (And a blow-off answer that involves a classic choice. No one can REALLY fault me for not having a favorite new song. I can always claim my expectations are SOOOOO high nothing is impressing me right now.)
It’s a heavy question for me…and a music person, in general. Although there’s no wrong answers, there are a handful of REALLY right-ones with the potential to permanently alter someone’s opinion.
In a perfect world, MY answer is an artist/song you’ve either “heard of” or “heard” exactly once.
I can’t be TOO out-there. TOO vanilla. TOO exclusive. TOO main-stream. TOO inside-joke. It’s a narrow lane, man. Especially considering I LIKE a lot of music. But there can only be ONE FAVORITE.
Do you feel the pressure?
Have you noticed I’m not answering the question?
That’s on purpose. I don’t know you. I don’t know what you’re ready to hear. I don’t know what “New” means to you. Maybe I have a little PTSD after being called, “Too hip for the room” one too many times. It’s a brutal judgement. Liking a song that’s too-new makes you too ahead of the curve to be trusted as “relevant and relatable”. ALMOST as bad, the reverse, an answer too main-stream and I’m forever off someone’s mental list of prospective “taste-makers”.
I’m guilty of being judgmental. I get it. A “Favorite Song” could say A LOT about someone. But you know what? If it feels good…Listen to it! That’s what it’s all about. At least, it should be…Right?
Although, to be REALLY good friends with me…You must at least like dogs 😉