Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Circus

I have a confession. I hope you can all stay with me through this.

I am something of a music snob. I pride myself on liking music that is a little bit out of the mainstream. It doesn't have to be "popular" indie music, it just has to be not Top 40. Although I have always liked somewhat unusual music, I wasn't always this way. For many years, I could sing every word for all of the top songs. Somewhere along the way, though, I veered off and now I rarely listen to the radio, preferring instead my CDs or talk radio. These days, I discover most of my music through Rhapsody, where I can pick and choose my playlist based on suggestions they make from artists I have listened to previously.

Like the rest of the celebrity-obsessed world, I have followed the Britney Spears soap opera with amused (and slightly disgusted) curiosity. I thought her breakout hit was catchy, but her music since then has been unfocused. She has struggled to find her adult voice as the drama in her personal life has taken center stage.

So it was with more than a little skepticism that I listened to the title single off her newest album, Circus. The fact is that I haven't voluntarily listened to a song of hers since Oops. And even then, it was more of a I-didn't-change-the-radio-when-it-came-on kind of thing than that I loved it and had the CD, playing it over and over. But one night, as I was putting together a playlist for a trip around the blogosphere, I saw Circus and I clicked on it.

As I listened to it, I found myself tapping my toe and nodding my head to the beat. Against my will, I was (gasp!) actually liking it. Since then, it has worked its way into my regular rotation and I have listened to it many, MANY times.



So there it is. I'm revealing my dirty little secret. I'm almost 35 years old and I listen to Britney Spears. Can you still love me?

19 comments:

  1. I though the music was good, but is it bad to say I liked watching her video even more. I find her fasinating. (Okay, I guess that's my dirty little secret!)

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  2. Yeah, this is a good album. Also, isn't this the one making so many headlines lately with the controversy on the track: If You Seek Amy?

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  3. yeah, I watched a bunch of Brittany videos on youtube the other day and much to my dismay, I liked them too.

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  4. What's the big deal? Somebody must like her otherwise she wouldn't be so high profile. And guess what? I like her. She's far from perfect personally, but aren't we all in whatever ways? I liked the song and the video. And not that there's anything wrong with this, but I heard Madonna the whole time. Thanks for giving the kid a break.

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  5. Well, I am 32 and like her and I am going to her concert in April. No matter how much of a trainwreck she has been or is she is human and shows that she is very far from perfect like everyone else that is famous tries to portray. I am glad to see she is doing better!

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  6. Amy - I think that is one of the things I like about this song. Although I don't think it is meant to be a commentary on her life, it is certainly appropriate for the troubles she has been through. I, too, hope this is a sign of better years ahead for her. I'll bet she puts on one hell of a concert, have fun!!

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  7. Haha! You're A-OK with me if THAT'S your dirty little secret!!!

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  8. I make up songs for Ava to the tunes of Womanizer and Circus

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  9. I have had this open since early this morning and got so caught up listening to the track I forgot to comment! So, we share a dirty little secret my friend. I admit I like Circus too!

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  10. Now Now 35 is not old. I'm 40 !

    Unfortunately I can't listen to it. Technical difficulties.

    Anyways as an aside I really wanted to express my heartfelt thanks for the support you gave me on my blog yesterday. It meant a lot.

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  11. I am not a fan, but I still love you.

    I just have no respect for you anymore...

    JUST KIDDING!!

    Geez...

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  12. Absolutely! I'm a fan myself...

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  13. I have a shameful attraction to Linda Ronstadt, so I certainly can't judge.

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  14. Um...If You Seek Amy?

    Yeah, took me a few listens before I really GOT that one. Oh my.

    I love some Britney. I do. The song, "Anticipating," off her Britney album is just the best...makes me wanna roller skate in satin hot pants with a Tootsie Roll Pop perched between my lips.

    Yeah.

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  15. Wow, that took guts! ;) I don't listen to much music these days besides what's on my 10 year old's ipod. I mostly listen to talk radio; Howard Stern at that...so who am I to judge?

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  16. Don't feel bad--I have "Toxic" on my iPod--it's a great work out song! I'm afraid to say, there are far more embarrassing songs on mu iPod though...

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  17. I enjoy Britney's music and have been rooting for her these past few years. I recently used one-fifteenth of an itunes gift card to purchase "Lucky" -- just love that song for some reason. "Toxic" too.

    You should read Stuff White People Like because the author has very amusing things to say about people who like non-mainstream music. You'll laugh, I think.

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  18. I read somewhere that most women polled for some particular study were actually hoping that Britney would straighten out her life and make a comeback -- we were rooting for her! I guess that's what happens when you see a mom down on her luck, though :]

    I have "Toxic" on my playlist, but I haven't heard any of her new stuff.

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  19. I can't say I've ever owned or listened to any Britney Spears. People like what they like, though. I think everybody's playlist has some unexplainable surprises in them! Especially mine!

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