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February 13, 2004

Musical Coupling

With Valentine's Day coming up, I've been thinking about my wife often (more than usual) this week, specifically the ways we complement each other. We have open minds, can appreciate each other's tastes, and enlarge our worldviews.

Musically, she's moved from merely putting up with the music I play to relishing some of my favorite bands like Wilco, early Guided By Voices, the Mountain Goats and Hang On The Box (her current favorite). Often a relationship is defined not only by by its similarities, though, but also by its differences. She still cringes when I play Deerhoof, the Boredoms, Melt Banana, Xiu Xiu and Daniel Johnston. I'd rather share what we love at home and load up on these in the car and at work, but part of me eternally hopes she'll come around on these, too, though by now it seems doubtful.

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