Shuffle Shame Essay

1090 words - 5 pages

It was sophomore year, and I was driving a friend home from a party. Well, not really a friend, at the time we were more of acquaintances—but this was someone I had always respected and admired from afar, but had been too cowardly to approach. So I was secretly thrilled when he asked me for a ride home. As we approached the car and chatted about the party, I pondered a thought of utmost importance—what song I would play when we got into the car. It was the first time we had ever really been alone together, and I way dying to make a good impression. And for me (in 10th grade especially), music taste was paramount.

Though my music taste was still much developing in 10th grade, I felt I had ...view middle of the document...

I was scrolling through playlists, quickly determining which would make the best impression—should I go for the undeniable classics (like Led Zeppelin and the Beatles), something obscure and edgy (like Gogol Bordello and Animal Collective), or something chill and indie (like the Shins and Andrew Bird)? As this all zoomed through my mind, he pointed at the iPod, said “May I?” I agreed and handed it over, desperately hoping that he would show some sign of approval as he perused my music. But instead of my hoped for scrutiny, he immediately went straight for the shuffle button, saying “let’s see what comes up”. I stammered “you might not want to do that…”, and my heart sank as I considered the disastrous possibilities. And wouldn’t you know it, one of the worst possible songs of my collection surfaced, showing its ugly, terrible head for the one person I wanted to impress the most.

It was “Lucky” by Britney Spears. Now as far as Britney Spears’ songs go, some of them aren’t that bad—the ones that are edgy and sexy can even be somewhat decent. But this wasn’t one of those songs. This was the most stereotypical teenage girl song in existence; about a girl who seems to have it all but is secretly sad and lonely, complete with a bubble gum and cotton candy sound, and ample repetition of the painfully unintelligent lyrics. But in spite of being aware of all of its faults, I secretly loved it. I couldn’t really say why, it was just something about that song that I could never get out of my head. When the song burst forth on the stereo, he raised his eyebrows, and I quickly stuttered excuses—“I must’ve accidentally downloaded that, I have no idea how it got on there, I never listen to it”—all the while, I was thinking “lies lies lies! I love this song!” I was in despair, imagining him immediately losing all respect for me, then going on to tell the entire school about my secret Britney...

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