Why do people hate Rap & Opera?
Because appreciating rap & opera requires too much effort? Really?
This argument feels so intuitively wrong, although I have no idea how to disprove it.
NPR Music postings do not usually get more than 10 comments on the Web site, but this one got nearly 200! Perhaps they posted this article just to provoke people and see whether people really visit their Web site.
I don't hate opera. In fact I was into Puccini once. Rap is really not my cup of tea, but that can be easily explained by the lack of melody.
When I was younger, I consumed lots of popular music as much as any other youth, but as an older person I am bored with most pop, not necessarily because my taste has become more sophisticated, but rather because (I suspect) I've heard too much already of something that has not much left to surprise me with delight. Of course, occasionally someone like Adele comes along and does surprise and delight everyone, and I'm not too snobby to appreciate that. But in general I'm just bored with music that does not surprise me any more.
Another bizarre turn of my taste is that I am increasingly preferring instrumental to vocal music. I am baffled and have no theory to explain it.
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