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We like music if: 
1. It's what we're used to. 
2. It's popular with our age group. 
3. It brings back memories. 
4. We understand it. 
5. We can play it, or almost play it. 
6. It's good music. 

We don't like music if: 
1. It's not what we're used to. 
2, We don't understand it. 
3. It's not popular with our age group. 
4. We can't play it. 
5. It's just crappy music. 
6. We don't like the idiots who are playing it. 

Musician "A" has conquered the simpler forms of music, 
gets bored, and looks for challenges elsewhere. 

Musician "B" is still working on his open E chord, 
and doesn't need or want to look elsewhere. 
Don't try to hand him your diminished chords. 
They would only screw up "Jumbalay'", which is true. 
Musician B may even resent music that is beyond his expertise. 

B doesn't like A's music, 
or the horse he rode in on. 

A feels an unhealthy need to educate B 
by making him listen to more music styles. 
B will say they all stink. 

"If you say everything stinks, 
you will look cool, 
and be right some of the time." 
Egbert Einstein. 

Fortunately for A, 
there are a zillion people in the world, 
several of whom may understand what he's playing. 
The majority will think he's nuts. 

Fortunately for B, 
A will eventually give up and leave him alone 
so he can perfect his open E chord. 

Musician C is playing Hip Hop music with a band called Mousebreath, 
and nobody with an IQ over 22 cares if he hip hops off a cliff. 

Copyright  July 8, 2006 Jack Blanchard. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission.


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