As I wrote that title it occurred to me that I couldn’t be entirely certain of its accuracy. If you know of any pop songs that seem to celebrate, focus on or empathise with Aspie qualities let me know! In the meantime…
I heard a song on the radio this morning about some “crazy chick” who was out of control, staying late at parties, enjoying loud music, spending time with large groups of friends, (OK, they might have been a small group – I guessed large because of the other lyrics) and teasing the lead singer by flirting with him and ditching him.
I’ve noticed many other songs with lyrics about girls with active social lives, who are always having fun and are – perhaps – a bit quirky in a way that’s only vaguely explained. I guess she needs to be quirky to show that the bands are ‘deep’ and that they really care because (shock) they love her even though she’s quirky.
Different but not too different
It’s OK though – her quirks have nothing to do with being asocial, awkward in company, having problems with spotting a joke or emotion, or anything else that gets in the way of having a good time. Phew!
So I guess I must be fed up with modern pop music because it didn’t bother me so much a few years ago. I was just happy if there was a catchy tune and I could understand the lyrics enough to sing along. Now I find a lot of pop songs irritating because they’re always about the same fantasy girl and it’s always someone who sounds unrealistically perfect and very much non-Aspie.
What would an Aspie pop song be about?
I love the way she ignores me, she’s never at my party
She doesn’t seem to know I care, I guess that’s why she’s never there
Never mind, there’s always jazz, classical, rock and even folk* music which are usually less offensive.
*I use the term folk apprehensively as I know there is a lot of folk music which would drive me up the wall. However, there are some very nice folk songs and singers in the UK now, although it’s possible you could argue the genre in many cases. Often they seem to cross pop, folk and other elements.