I’m taking a music class at school this semester titled “The Musical Avant-garde”. You’re probably thinking, “why would anyone do that to themselves?” Honestly, because I like to have a vast font of random information that I can tote about and sound pretentious. I’m not kidding.
Someday, I would really like to be the one guest at the party who thinks there’s no jazz worth listening to unless it was composed by Duke Ellington (heads up, there isn’t) and that tuneless, experimental music is better than Lady Gaga (whether that’s true has yet to be seen; I’ll keep you posted). I don’t really think there’s anything wrong with this. It’s good to have aspirations, right? Sure people will think I’m outrageously irritating, but at least I’m being honest about my pretension. Isn’t everyone a little pretentious? Or maybe that’s just pride and self-worth. Either way, isn’t it good to be upfront about these things?
I will admit that sometimes I’m not trying to be pretentious, I am just genuinely interested in whatever the topic may be. French music, for example. I really like Edith Piaf, but not because I want to sound superior. She’s kind of a powerhouse. Other things that might seem pretentious, but actually aren’t are my love of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals (or A. Lloyd Web, as Julia calls him), my equal love of going to the ballet, and my hatred of poor grammar.
~ Hilary Lyon Axle Hatchet