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Writer's Block: Love is deaf

Could you spend the rest of your life with someone who had horrific taste in music? How important is it to you to share your love of music with a good friend or romantic partner?

Hm. It might be hard for me to even find someone who had horrific taste in music. Part of it is that I like many different genres and can at least try to see the good in some other genres that aren't my favorites. (I dated a big-time Metallica fan for a while; I came away with an appreciation of their work and the ability to leave "Enter Sandman" on the radio when it's playing.) Part of it is that I hang around a lot of musicians, especially singer/songwriters, and that might limit the possibility of meeting someone whose taste just wasn't compatible at all with mine.

What would be "horrific"? Um... probably top-20 pop (I think they're calling this "Contemporary Hits Radio" now) and the more negative forms of rap. I'd have a hard time if a friend or partner had to play that around me all the time. I'd like to mention that I'm sympathetic, and I don't play bluegrass music around other people all the time, myself.

What's maybe more frightening, in a way, would be finding out a potential friend or partner didn't like any music at all and didn't see the point in it. That would probably limit my involvement, because I just wouldn't understand. As cliche as it is to say this, music is just too central to my life. I probably couldn't really be friends with someone who was totally indifferent or antagonistic to music. It wouldn't matter how good-looking or rich the person is. (Probably.)

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