Six years ago, on my first date with my girlfriend, she asked me a question.
“What kind of music do you listen to?”
This is a really simple question for most people, but not for me.
You see, I am not that into music.
I mean, I do really enjoy music, but I don’t have that many serious musicians that I listen to.
It is mostly comedy bands, and stuff like Miracle of Sound that has a lot of references to popular culture in it.
I am a bigger fan of comedy than I am of music.
My date was however, unbeknownst to me, incredibly into music.
In fact, she thought at the time that your favorite songs and artists said a great deal about your personality.
So, even if she did not consciously intend it to be, this question was a test!
I was racking my mind, trying to think of a band.
Then I remembered, The Lonely Island!
This trio of comedians often parodied radio music in the late 00s and early 10s, and as this was 2012 they were still fairly active.
Their songs often featured massively popular musicians and was frontlined by Andy Samberg, who would later star in ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’.
Thinking back, they were probably never on the top of my favorites list, but they were the best I could think of on that date.
I was shocked to hear that she had never heard of them, and recommended that she should listen to the song that featured Micheal Bolton, or the song that featured Akon.
What I did not know was that she was not very into the hip-hop and R&B music that The Lonely Island were parodying, and was more into musicians like David Bowie or Muse.
And I had forgotten to specify that The Lonely Island was not meant to be taken seriously.
Later, when she sat down to listen to the sort of music I had said I liked, this is what she saw:
She saw that, didn’t realise it was a joke, and turned it off in anger.
It’s a wonder we are still together.
We later found out that we both love ‘Flight of the Conchords’, and she has since introduced me to many good serious artists.
I am planing to feature a lot of these silly artists I like, in a blog-series that I am going to call Music Monday.
I don’t think every monday will have music, but a bunch of them will.
Feel free to join in and post links to blogs about (or videos of) songs you like in the comments of my Music Monday posts!
Looking forward to reading and listening 🙂