Oct 18, 2011
Musical Pet Peeves, Anyone?
Even some of my favorite artists are guilty of these. Just because a band or singer does one of these pet peeves doesn’t mean I hate them. But I may very well hate the song in which they are utilized. And I’m sure I’ll add items to this list in future. Probably as soon as I turn on a top-40 radio station. But these few things are my nonnegotiable musical pet peeves. These are nails on a chalkboard to me:
- Rhyming “jail” with “bail.” It is one of the more unfortunate occurrences of the English language that these related words rhyme. Just about every song that mentions jail follows it up with something about “making bail.” Lynyrd Skynyrd and Charlie Daniels both rhyme these words on a few occasions. I greatly enjoy Skynyrd and the CDB, but I have to turn down their songs when I know that rhyme is approaching.
- Sports metaphors in song. Come on. Ugh. The all time worst one of these is “Swing Batter” or “Baseball” or something like that, by Trace Adkins. I’m not even gonna look up the name of the song because it disgusts me. Why do I even know a Trace Adkins song? Well, I used to like terrible music. This song has a baseball announcer in the background giving a play-by-play of a guy trying to hit on a girl, and Trace sings about his striking out and then hitting a homerun later. Vomit. This song swings and misses. Ha. I crack myself up.
- 1 – 5 – 6 – 4 chord progressions. Sure, I know a lot of songs are four chord songs. Some are good. But the 1 – 5 – 6 – 4 progression is terrible. Any other combination of those chords is better. 6 – 4 – 1 – 5? Fine. If you don’t know what I’m talking about with music theory, I’m saying songs that go G – D – Em – C are the bane of my existence. Simplicity is fine, but please do it creatively. And avoid this progression like the plague that it is.
Those are my pet peeves in the music world. What are yours? Do you disagree? Tell me! (Then I’ll tell you why you’re wrong.)