Dating musical taste
Your taste in music will not only reflect your own style, but also your views. Thompson often made mention of the importance of certain rock and roll lyrics.In one essay, he wrote, “The most significant, if not the best by older critical standards, literature in America today is to be found, not in books, or even in the established literary magazines, but in poetry readings, in mimeographed broadsides, in lyrics for rock groups, in protest songs — in direct audience relationships of the sort that prevailed at the very beginnings of literature.”He's right. And when it comes to romantic movies and the songs that define them — that’s an entirely different and endless conversation. So this brings us to the question: if music is something that’s so ubiquitous in romance, can it also be a deal breaker for someone in a relationship?
“A lot of dating sites are boring,” says co-founder Alex Parish, a web developer and part-time musician. But with Tastebuds you have this easy route in.” Launched in summer 2010, the site now has 10,000 users, though Parish says he doesn’t know how many of those people – if any – have gone on actual dates after meeting on Tastebuds.
To first see how music universally plays a role in romance, I spoke with brothers Chris and Drew Newkirk, co-creators of “The Songs That Saved Your Life,” an upcoming Sony Music original show about the intersection of music and healing. “Your best and worst moments are defined by the music you listened to during the darkest or most triumphant times in your life.”Ok Cupid users agree.
Out of 30,000 responses, a majority of Ok Cupid users say they prefer their ideal match to be into music (compared to books, sports and movies). Dylan Faulkner Selterman from the University of Maryland Psychology Department and contributor to “Science of Relationships” to see why this may be.
Some of us don’t even have personalities beyond our music taste.
Wouldn’t it be easier if we could just list bands we liked? Enter Tastebuds.fm, a new-ish dating site aimed solely at music fans.