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  •  If one doesn't like country music (2+ / 0-)
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    disinterested spectator, dougymi

    then personally I would up the odds of one harboring conscious or unconscious prejudices against rural Southerners.

    It isn't a one-to-one correlation, but a lot of our preferences in vocal music are connected to unconscious associations we make with the voice and accent of the singer.

    •  I find country music too depressing (2+ / 0-)
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      dougymi, Batya the Toon

      Can't listen to most of it for that reason.

      But, there are some rock bands that are depressing too.

      Hip-hop and rap sound too repetitive to me, without enough melody for me, and I get tired having to listen to hear the words.

      Country music is like that too, the words are the important thing and I usually don't want to have to listen that hard.

      Maybe that's because I was raised with mostly instrumental music, so never got into words a lot. Music for me is more about melody, change of tempo, and complicated changes in the sounds.

      But, it's all still music, just different kinds of music.

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      by splashy on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 09:27:25 AM PST

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    •  I wouldn't say that's true at least in my case. (2+ / 0-)
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      Catte Nappe, Leslie Salzillo

      Love Bluegrass, hate country. They aren't the same. Which is more representative of rural Southerners?  

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      by dougymi on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 09:53:32 AM PST

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      •  Ooh, good question. (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm in a similar spot, myself -- I love a lot of folk music, and the line between folk and country can get blurry on occasion, but they are distinct genres.  And I dislike a lot of country, and have had the darnedest time articulating what the difference is and what I like about the one and dislike about the other.

        (This is why I said "up the odds" rather than "probably means", as cultural prejudice is only one of many factors that affects why we like or dislike music.)

      •  I'm the same, and I'm a rural southerner. (1+ / 0-)
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        Country is just whining to me. Blue Grass, Classical, Jazz, Soul, Gospel are great. I also don't like most of the contemporary young "white" music, even though my grandson and his group have a Best Seller album going right now. It's a white group.

        I don't think choice of music can be used to denote racism, unless someone declares that they don't like Black music.

        •  It's certainly possible, though (1+ / 0-)
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          for one to "not like Black music" but not be willing to admit that to oneself or others.

          I'd say choice of music can be affected by racism, but since it can be affected by a lot of other things also, it's probably not a good idea to judge solely based on it.

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