Almanac Life (and Music): Sheepish Confessions


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Sheepish Confessions


Google’s English dictionary, provided by Oxford Languages, the eminent dictionary publisher, defines ‘sheepish’ as follows [my italics]: adjective – showing or feeling embarrassment from shame or a lack of self-confidence. “a sheepish grin”




I’ve always liked the music of ABBA a great deal and still, to this day, can’t entirely shake off embarrassment about it. I don’t know why, really, but there you go. Even writing this brings a red-tinged glow to my cheeks.


Perhaps this public confession will help me to overcome my sheepish feelings about the matter – you know, function as a kind of catharsis?


What are your sheepish confessions, Almanackers, musical or otherwise? (In terms of examples of ‘otherwise’, a feature film, TV show or book that you feel sheepish about admitting that you particularly like would fit the bill.)


For good measure, I’ll include an all-time favourite ABBA song of mine: “SOS”. In my opinion, it’s a classic of the pop genre.




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Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, has just been published (late 2020) by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Recent other writing includes screenplays for films with a tertiary education purpose. He laments the extinction of Cascade Pale Ale and Kiwi Lager.


  1. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Is this where I admit that I kinda still like Steely Dan KD?

  2. Nothing to be embarrassed about in terms of “SOS”, Kevin.
    That song is indeed a perfectly crafted pop song. Benny & Bjorn sure knew how to write a song.
    Sheepishly, I will admit that a favourite pop song of mine is “Summer Rain” by Belinda Carlisle. Perfect pure pop.

  3. Kevin Densley says

    Hi Swish. Yes, I suppose so – though I recall that Steely Dan were trendy a long time ago. Or is that your point?!

    At any rate, nothing to be sheepish about.

  4. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks Smokie. Yes, after I wrote my little piece I read that John Lennon said that SOS was one of his favourite pop songs, and Pete Townshend thought similarly – two fine endorsements.

    And yep, ‘Summer Rain” – I like that one, too.

  5. I’ll admit to ‘Love Story’ by Taylor Swift and the ‘Grease’ soundtrack (as well as the movie).

  6. Kevin Densley says

    Hi Greg.

    I like Swifty quite a bit, especially ‘Love Story’, and don’t mind the Grease soundtrack either, in particular ‘Summer Lovin’.

    That’s the thing, I guess – it’s usually the case that many others like the stuff we (sheepishly) like.

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