What the Manolo is…

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, it is the Tuesday, time for What the Manolo is…


Listening to…



Several of the internet friends of the Manolo they were surprised in the last week when the Manolo noted that he was listening to the Outkast.

“Manolo,” they said, “how can such the cultured person as you listen to the music of the rap, and the hop and the hip?”

To this the Manolo he cannot but reply that the Manolo likes what the Manolo likes, and that he has learned, over the years, to not fight himself with regard to his artistic tastes.

For the example, in addition to the Outkast, the Manolo he is also the fan of the Ludacris (The Ludacris, he makes the Manolo laugh.) And, on the occasion the Manolo he has also been known to kick it in the manner of the old school with Boys of Beastlyness and the Enemy of the Public.

Yet, at the same of the times, the Manolo he is also the fan of the opera, and the blues, and the classic country and the western, and of the newer genre of the alt country, and the rock and the roll, and the broadway show music, among the many other things.

The lesson, it is that one should not be ashamed of what one likes. Indeed, one should celebrate what one believes is truly good, even if others they do not always agree.


18 Responses to “What the Manolo is…”

  1. Amanda Says:

    “the Manolo he has also been known to kick it in the manner of the old school”
    the Manolo he is hilarious!

  2. dgm Says:

    right on with the taste of the wide variety, the manolo! in a different vein from the rap, perhaps you would enjoy the linda ronstadt’s “canciones de mi padre,” a selection for which i was mocked by my peers but to which, for some reason, i am strangely drawn.

  3. deja pseu Says:

    Love “The Decemberists!” They are superfantastic!

  4. Bibliovixen Says:

    It just shows one that being eclectic in one’s taste is, as the Manolo says, “super fantastic.”

  5. Tania Says:

    It is only a facile, stubborn snobbery that can resist the allure of Outkast, so I find it more surprising that anyone should express surprise at the Manolo’s taste than that the Manolo should be bobbing his Manolo head singing, “Sorry, Miss Jackson, I am for reeeeeeeal.” The charms of Andre 3000 cross all boundaries! In fact, for Andre 3000, I feel as the Manolo does about Daniel Day-Lewis and Johnny Depp: You wear what you like, baby, ’cause you the genius.

  6. Mimi Says:

    “To thine own self be true.” Thank you, Manolo, for setting an example for us to embrace goodness and beauty (for music is indeed an artform) wherever we might find it, without censoring ourselves according to outside influences.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    I can’t believe that people would question Manolo listening to “the rap” and “the hiphop”. These music genres are artforms, people! Artforms! That is why The Manolo is cultured. The Manolo recognizes The Culture no matter what the guise it takes.

  8. Captain Cooper Says:

    The Decemberists are indeed superfantastic! I am so glad that others have as eclectic taste in music as I do, since my taste also runs from Outkast to the Decemberists to Johnny Cash. Manolo, I also recommend The Arcade Fire and the Handsome Family for excellent musical choices.

  9. Trance Says:

    The Manolo is a renaissance man, no doubt.

  10. Bob Says:

    It is commendable to have so many and varied tastes in all things. However, Tania should understand that just because someone doesn’t like something, it does not imply snobbery. Everyone has their own tastes. I, myself, do not like to listen to Outkast. This isn’t due to snobbery – I have nothing against the group. They just don’t appeal to me. Understanding and applauding diversity must include an acceptance that we all have dislikes as well.

  11. Tania Says:

    Bob, I appreciate what you say, and yet I must confess that I still maintain that you are totally wrong and Outkast is, empirically and provably by some as-yet undiscovered science of the future, super fantastic. This hyperbolic profession of faith has been brought to you by the proud owner of a Britney Spears CD, which is to say, it is to be taken with a grain of salt.

  12. final fashion Says:

    I say screw altering our playlists to the cater to the elitist judgements of others!
    Rock on (and hip hop-along) to whatever you want to, everyone!

  13. Stormy70 Says:

    The Alt. country of the Pat Green is genius. I highly recommmend it to all. However, he does perform in the dreaded Birkenstocks, but he is from Austin. They groove to their own beat there.

  14. gidget bananas Says:

    The recommendations of the Manolo have caused me to forgo the local opening of the DSW and spend some hard-earned and long-horded shoe money on the book of the Susan Clark and the CD of the Decembrists. Tomorrow is the other shoe-hunting day.

  15. elayne Says:

    the Manolo he is also the fan of the Ludacris … Boys of Beastlyness and the Enemy of the Public. Yet, at the same of the times, the Manolo he is also the fan of the opera, and the blues, and the classic country and the western, and of the newer genre of the alt country, and the rock and the roll

    A man after my own heart! Pardon me while I swoon a little. Too bad there don’t seem to be many men where I live with such varied, eclectic, and open-minded tastes… seems like there’s country, and there’s rock, and there’s rap, and ne’er the three shall meet. Such a loss…

    (You may notice I trimmed that excerpt riiiiiiiiight in front of the Broadway show tunes part, though. heh.)

  16. kelliemaria Says:

    the manolo, he will love the strange and the norrell…they are the very interesting characters, those two.

  17. Princess Carmen Says:


    Do you not love the Jonathan Strange? I found it be a lovely escape.

  18. Rich Says:

    Manolo likes Outkast. Outkast (Big Boi) likes Kate Bush. Thus, Manolo likes Kate Bush… and all is right in the world.

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