Having said that, I hope some readers will look at what I’m listening to, and, if they haven’t heard of it, will check out the song, artist, or album. Curiosity is what lead me to a lot of music, and it’s easy to be daring with new tunes. It’s also a lot less permanent than getting one’s temple pierced. If you don’t like it, then you never have to listen to it again. I gots me plenty of dead CDs in the milk crate in the garage that got one spin based on their cultural importance and never darkened the player again.

Listen. Be curious. Try. If it won’t kill you, it’s worth a shot. If it will kill you, it’s worth a careful shot.