Ever experience a musical "red light"? As in, you're in a relationship, and your significant other loves a song that you can't stand, or, conversely, loathes a song that is meaningful to you? Songs are poems, and if the person you want to love embraces the wrong anthem, it can be a big flashing warning sign that makes you want to tap on the brakes.
Or jump out of a moving vehicle, which is what I should have done when I found out what my then-fiance thought was the most romantic song in the world, Dido's "White Flag."
I know it was a massive hit in 2003, it’s lyrical, and she’s pretty and has a cool name and all that, But it’s not romantic. The song is desperate; it's sad; it's horrible. I feel this way about the song way more in retrospect than I did at the time, largely because:
A) I am now divorced from this man, and B) I’m the fool who basically uttered an iteration of the "White Flag" lyrics to him when I was trying to save our marriage. Not on purpose, though. At the time, I really did think he was the David Boreanaz to my Dido.
To me, a truly romantic song is "Wonderful Tonight" or "Just the Way You Are" or even "Move On" (Sondheim, not Bruno Mars). These songs are about acceptance and gratitude, not complete self-deprecation and abnegation.
So what are your musical "red lights? Is it time to break up because he doesn’t understand why you want Katy Perry’s "Firework" played at your funeral?