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Let's just say that I recognized a lot of myself in Nick Hornby's High Fidelity.

I'd hardly end a friendship over a person's taste in music, but I might spend less time visiting the home of someone who suddenly starts listening to a lot of Bon Jovi and Journey. Or Cat Stevens. Or Billy Joel.  I could go on, but I'll stop before I manage to offend every single person who might possibly read this.

I've been frustrated by the blind spots some people have about entire genres of music ("they forgot the C at the beginning of rap haw haw haw"), and by the way some people take it for granted that music they haven't heard of can't be any good or they'd have heard of it (because good music is popular music and vice versa). Likewise, I get frustrated by people who only listen to what was popular when they were young; by people who only like one genre or one artist; and by people who don't really care about music except as pleasant ignorable aural wallpaper (e.g., the ones who listen to those soft rock radio stations that advertise their music as perfect for the office).

I like variety. I like hearing new stuff. I like music everyone's heard of, from Frank Sinatra to Madonna, and I like stuff damn near no one's heard of. I like going from Scandinavian folk to Arabic pop to dub reggae to hardcore punk to swing to dubstep. I've had some of the most fun times in my life in small clubs drinking beer and watching punk and country bands playing live, though I admit it's been a while. And I've been having fun putting stuff on that new 64 gb ipod, though having so much music to choose from is a bit disorienting (I went from having only a couple of tapes on hand for the walkman to having maybe a dozen albums on my cellphone to having hundreds of albums in my pocket).

And I strongly suspect that whatever kind of music you like, if you ever visited, I'd have something you could listen to. Unless you only like Bon Jovi, Journey, Cat Stevens, and Billy Joel. 


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