The Soundtrackers activity over at Writing.com is on to ‘guilty pleasures’ now. Although I’m not really inclined to be ashamed of any of the music I listen to, I know there are some songs that fall outside of what people expect me to listen to, or what people my age typically listen to, or simply songs that are considered a bit ‘trashy’. There are some artists I won’t listen to on principle – Justin Bieber, One Direction and Hansen come to mind. And hopefully if I can avoid listening to their songs, I won’t end up accidentally liking one. I actually do like that Despacito song, but not Bieber’s version of it. It reminds me of the classic Macarena and others that are similar. Super catchy.
But I have a daughter, and that means that I’m introduced to songs that silly young pre-teen or teen girls like, and so it’s inevitable that some of those songs will make their way onto my playlist. I’ve got a great one saved up for the end of the ‘guilty pleasures’, but I’m going with a classic Taytay today.
Firstly, I think it’s impossible not to like Shake It Off after you’ve seen Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson lipsync to it. That was some funny shit. I think he genuinely likes her too, because he’s mentioned her in a couple of his movies.
t’s fun, it’s catchy and it has a great message – don’t let the haters get to you. Just shake off the negative vibes and do you, regardless of whatever other people think. I think the music video is great too, with her poking fun at herself. You’ve got this artist who is constantly being judged by the media, and she takes what they’ve said and turns it into a hit. Like, it’s a total ‘fuck you’ at the media.
That’s what people say,
I go on too many dates, but I can’t make ’em stay
At least that’s what people say.
When we listen to Shake It Off in the car, we turn it up loud and everyone sings along. Even Jayden sings along ‘unironically’, as he puts it. It’s such a fun song. And yeah, I’m not ashamed to admit we do the ‘brush the shoulders’ actions.
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off