We always have music going in our house. It’s just one of those things. We both love listening to all kinds of music and we always have. It’s also one of the few things that we don’t necessarily agree on, at least initially. The CPA tended to lean towards old school rock-n-roll from the 60s and 70s such as Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Me? I like everything from the 80s on. As you can see, there was a gap there.
Thankfully, we’ve found some common ground. Early in our relationship, it was easy enough to overcome this problem by just limiting ourselves to our own kind of music to when we were by ourselves. But now that we live together, it’s not always that easy. Sometimes I’ll pop in the earplugs and hum away to my Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas or No Doubt and other times the CPA will put on his big sound-reducing earphones while he listens to Tommy by the Who (all 74 minutes of it). It takes work and it takes compromise sometimes, but I have to say that the CPA has been more than accommodating.
In fact, while we were dating, he took me to several concerts that were all my choice: the Indigo Girls, Chris Isaak, the Barenaked Ladies and Lenny Kravitz. The great thing is that he has not only begun to appreciate this music but has grown to love it. He loves it so much that for my birthday one year he took us to see Anna Nalick, which was probably one of the best concerts we’ve ever heard.
He’s also introduced me to such useful software tools as Pandora, Rhapsody, and Last FM, which I am listening to right now. Through their random radio stations, we’ve found new favorites such as Ingrid Michaelson, Natasha Bettingfield, and Nerina Pallot.
I tell you, there is just something about listening to great music. There’s something even better about listening to it with your significant other, especially after crossing the great musical divide. Now I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to listen to Steppenwolf without throwing my hands over my ears and I doubt the CPA will ever like Depeche Mode. But as long as we have some music in common we’ll be able to find something we can listen to together.
What music do you enjoy? Do you and your significant other have the same taste in music?