30 day song challenge: day 14 – a song that no one would expect you to love

This is tricky. Anyone following this blog is likely to suppose – correctly – that I like all kinds of music, and just because I like one song doesn’t mean I’d like another, even on the same album. You’d have to know me pretty well to predict my tastes, so I’m not sure what no-one would expect me to love.

If I chose Eartha Kitt’s I Want To Be Evil, in a sense that would be downright predictable. Yes, it doesn’t slide into the alt-rock spectrum of most of my posts, but it is the sort of music that people who love music generally like – playful, classic, and uncontroversially brilliant. I’d be more surprised if anyone I knew hated it.


If I chose some cheesy pop hit from the 60s, again, I’d just be doing what people expect from me

as much as if I had chosen a cheesy non-hit from the 60s.


As for anything on the rock/metal spectrum, I don’t think that would come as a surprise to anyone.


[Note: flashing images]

I was going to choose this one: Milkshake, by Kelis. I don’t cover much R&B and most of it doesn’t interest me, but compositionally, this ticks all the boxes. If you really knew me as well as all that, you’d know that I’m a sucker for complex percussion, heavy basslines and shifting, unpredictable melodies. Plus, her voice has a really unusual, husky quality that really complements the song.

but then I remembered I’d already blogged about it, so the kitty’s out of the bag on that one.


Wow, this is hard! Most of the skeletons in my music blog have been written about here, so I’m really not sure there are any surprises left. I suppose I’d finally have to choose Un Bel Di (One Fine Day) from Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, which I would have thought is an obvious choice, but seems to blindside people who don’t know me very well. I think Maria Callas’s classic version is astonishingly moving.



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