I'm watching a VH-1 Special on sensational soft rock songs and observing the commentary on most of the artists reminded me of something I've been wanting to write about for some time now. The smart-alec celebrity commentators are funny, but they have a smugness that's interesting. This attitude stems from the notion that everything old and pop sucked (with few exceptions). These songs by groups like Hall and Oates were ones that most of us liked at one time, or they wouldn't be hits. At what point do we all abandon the fact that these were great songs for their time? And more importantly, why do we do it? I have a collection of music including artists such as Mariah Carey, The Go-Gos, Foreigner and a bunch of other groups whose songs I'm proud to own, but ones for which other people make fun of me. I would understand if the people who make fun of me for it never liked it, but I always say that if I believe that a song is good, that means I'll always like it whether its critically acclaimed or not. Is it "taste in entertainment insecurity" that drives others to change their mind about the songs? It's either that or the fact that we outgrow music in some way. I can't explain that phenomena. Nobody has outgrown their taste for the Mona Lisa, or Andy Warhol. Perhaps its based on level of greatness. Critics and awards can proclaim greatness, but I proclaim it under my own terms for my own use. Only "great" songs go on my MP3 player. TV shows and movies are considered differently too. "Growing Pains" and "Who's The Boss" are downright cheesy and appear low budget in some ways, (perhaps due to the bad acting), but movies seem to age better and more frequently become classics, although we'll pay to watch crappy movies just because of the star factor or because everybody else is watching them and we don't want to be left out. So the lesson to be taken from this post is to not be so sure that what you like today is all that great. Somebody is sure to think it crappy in the future, and sometimes for good reason. But then, if you really like it, just ignore their opinions. It's your MP3 player and you should do with it what you want.