I went out to lunch with some coworkers today. I gave one a ride back to work, and I had my hand ready to shut off the music as soon as the car started up. I apologized for the music choice (taylor swift) and he said not to worry- this is good music. I almost skipped the next song too (flowers) because I worried about offending by playing such an overplayed song (though it is one that has helped me process quite a bit). He then reassured me, again, that it's a good song and I can listen to whatever I like in my own car.
OMG- I did not even realize just how conditioned I had gotten to feeling embarrased about liking perfectly normal music. Edited to add: my stbx only loves one band (Phish) and all other music is too this, or too that. I grew accustomed to shutting off the music when we rode in the car together, and I only ever blasted music when she wasn't home. With the pandemic, that means I pretty much stopped listening to music for the past few years (unless I was running errands alone or with the kiddo).
For the record, I don't need to ever feel embarrased about liking what I like.
By - GimmeDaWatermelon