Five Things I Hate About Music

For almost a year now, I've been writing about music on this blog. Wacky little observations from the viewpoint of a 25-year industry veteran and independent record store owner.

Mostly, I ramble poetic (hopefully) about how much I love music. How much it means to me and how it has weaved its way into every facet of my life. I've been sharing my favorite albums, artists, and memories in this regard.

However, like most things in life, there is a duality to my love of music. A darker side. The inevitable result of a long-term relationship. It's time I talked about it.

So join me this week as I share Five Things I Hate About Music.

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Once I Started, It Just Poured Out

The whole idea for the article started last week when I was trying out new music. I pulled out the latest Booker T. album, and I noticed that it fell into one of my pet peeve categories: The duets album.

"God, I hate duets albums," I said to myself.

But I didn't always hate them. I've grown to hate them. The more that worthless record labels released, the more they wore on me. Like a head-case girlfriend from hell.

"Hmmm," said the column-writing part of my brain, "there's an idea. I wonder in what other ways I am a music hater?"

My brain shifted into gear, and as if I were some hypnotized therapy patient, the orneriness just started to flow. I was writing them down so fast I couldn't keep up. I had to divide all my annoyances into separate lists.

I might have to write a book.

For now, we'll start with five. Call it a little Record Store Geek therapy, if you will.

Five Things That Bug Me About Music

Although I am finding this exercise cathartic, let's just say these things bug me. "Hate" is such an ugly word. Here we go.

5. Super Bowl Halftime Shows.

This isn't about Bruno Mars. I just can't handle Super Bowl shows period.

I'm almost as big a sports fan as I am a music fan, and I don't need to see the two mixed together. Rock 'n' roll was not meant to be squeezed into a 15-minute break between the country's greatest sporting event.

This is exponentially true with the generally legendary artists that have been playing the Super Bowl in recent years. You can't condense a legend like McCartney or Petty to three or four songs and call it anything but a travesty. Bruno, Beyoncé, Black-Eyed Peas, sure. The Stones, no.

In my opinion, a concert should be a "get into it" event -- filled with real fans -- that provide no less than two hours of the artist's songs (although I've seen plenty of sorry dogs do only an hour and a half). You can't throw a stage on the field, tell 300 kids to surround it and scream, and expect authenticity.

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