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The Bunk wrote:Umm...yep, on reflection maybe a bit cynical and no offence to the bereaved was intended of course. I won't turn this into an X-Factor rant either but I was in hospital a few years ago and just got yakking with one of the nurses, asking her why she got into nursing. The answer was "well my grandmother died from cancer a few years ago, and I wanted to give something back to the NHS after all they did for her..so here I am". Which to my mind is better than "..so I wanted to get on X-Factor and hopefully get a record contract as a result..."
Oh, yes. Those people who have lost family members and/or friends have my condolences, but when they turn it into a talking point in a singing competition, it always makes me cringe. Suddenly I start getting the urge to run into the kitchen and look for a snack until they stop talking and the emotionally manipulative music stops playing. It's like they're hoping for extra votes just because they're singing for their deceased Daddy or Grandma. I typically don't like music in which the singer whines about lost love or separation from a boyfriend or girlfriend—with the exception of Oleta Adams' "Get Here (If You Can)"; that one is really nice. And I suppose songs about love that never went away is okay, too, like The Captain and Tennille's "Gentle Stranger". I REALLY like that one, for some reason, even though I'm not in love with anyone. Heh.
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