Here’s What I’ll Do With Music If I’m In Love With You

Entertain your taste. 

I’m 26. It’s not terribly old, but I think it’s old enough for my musical preferences to hold steady from now until the end of my days. When people suggest music to me and give me their RIYL elevator pitch, the pitch won’t matter if I’m already aware of the band and what their music sounds like. In short: dubstep is never, ever, ever going to happen.

If I love you, things change. When I’m in love, I equate my feelings to trust and faith in your intuition as you’re peering into the pith of my vitality. So if you suggest a track that’s diametrically opposed to my solidified taste graph, I’m still going to listen. Even if I don’t like the song, if I’m able to resolve why you suggested it to me in the first place, a simple song recommendation becomes a powerful learning experience. So, I’ll always listen.

But still, no dubstep. Ever.

Bombard your Gmail with songs.

When I was 17, I had Napster and somehow ended up being the only kid on my cul-de-sac with a CD-RW. I loved burning CDs for people more than anything else I could do with my computer; and curated mixes for my friends consisting of equal parts embarrassing Third Eye Blind B-sides and some of the greatest 1990s hits featured on K Records. Spreading musical goodness in this fashion was one of the only ways I could impact my peers.

Now, the mix CD is dead. It’s annoying to play a CD when you can just download or stream whatever you want, whenever you want. So if I love you, I’ll probably send you links to songs several times a week. Gmail is the modern-day mixtape. Sometimes I’ll even tell you why I picked a song, unless the rationale sounds like the plot for a Veggie Tales episode in my head. And if we’ve ever had sex and I send you a Jens Lekman song? Forget it. I’m smitten. I can’t think of a musician closer to my heart than the Swedish Paul Simon.

Listen to music during sex.

In 2005, I had sex with my then-girlfriend to a Godspeed You! Black Emperor song. Weeks later, I broke up with her after her emotional intensity took a trip to Crazytown: she emptied a block of kitchen knives, flinging them at my head with a velocity I was totally unprepared for. It took me years to untie the knot that bound together one of my favorite bands with the memory of someone I cared about trying to physically harm me. This experience has since kept me from being intimate with someone in the presence of music. I can barely make out with a stranger in a bar when “Isolation” by Joy Division comes on without being distracted by its Oedipus complex-laden lyrics, let alone have sex to post-rock. The weight of this rule is mighty, and if I break it for you, the implications are obvious.

Update my Facebook status updates with songs & lyrics.

Remember AIM profiles? Remember how you could paint them with an evocative set of lyrics that was supposed to vaguely represent whatever situation (often pertaining to the opposite sex) was doing laps in your mind? This can still happen in the form of Facebook status updates. Now, when I’m not posting photo albums of English Bulldog puppies or substantive Buzzfeed links such as “12 Squirrels Who Look Like Gotye,” I can post songs & lyrics in a status update that will cause mystery within my news feed! Amazing! If you see a status update from me bubble up to the top of your news feed and you think it’s about you, it probably is. And while this action is rooted in a semi-juvenile mannerism, it really just means I’m thinking about you. TC mark

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  • hrfe

    Awwwwwwwwww. Sorry, can’t form a better comment, I’m overwhelmed by the adorableness.

  • http://twitter.com/SoosSahar ..

    did you say 
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor? Post rock? I love you? because I think I love you too

  • http://www.facebook.com/careuhsellxo Angela Joyce

    finally…someone else who values the mix cd :D

  • http://twitter.com/annie_roo annie

    And now all the ladies, and a few men, that read this will fall in like with Ben and spend an inappropriate amount of time stalking his life. 

  • Anonymous

    BRB, stalking Ben now. I love you already.

    • http://twitter.com/philosolaktor Lakshitha

      I second this motion.

      • Guest

        thirded.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=612928768 Samie Rose

    I finished reading this with the unspeakable and intense desire to sleep with you. (Preferably while listening to Jens Lekman but wutevs.)

  • http://twitter.com/emilcDC Emil Caillaux

    I thought the Spotify playlist was the new mix CD.

  • http://twitter.com/philosolaktor Lakshitha

    Yep, just followed Ben on Twitter. 

  • Guest

    i love you, toooo.

  • http://twitter.com/shoshkabob Shosh

    Loved this, but can I just ask what exactly the deal is with males and not entertaining people’s music tastes? Not even an almost-degree in music is enough to convince any man to even attempt to listen to anything I recommend and it’s kind of frustrating. If they’re going to keep trying to force dubstep on me (which, I agree, is NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN), why are they so vehemently opposed to giving the Gotye album a listen?

    • Guestropod

      idk gotye is pretty boring

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003197905700 Alix Harvey

    sex to a godspeed song? aw yeah

  • http://twitter.com/AllanStruthers Allan.S

    Why on earth did you think that Godspeed You! Black Emperor would be good music to have sex to? Or any form of post-rock for that matter.
    Are you some sort of psychopathic weirdo who hates sex? 

    Also, I bet the only ‘dubstep’ you’ve ever heard is shitty american brostep. Most people who posses such a blind hatred to it have never really looked into the genre beyond seeing facebook posts from retarded, skullcandy wearing teenagers and hearing skrillex on the radio.

  • Rpulvino

    Spotify is a much better modern-day mixtape that Gmail.

    • Nat

      I agree, Spotify–you need that.

  • Sophia

    “When I’m in love, I equate my feelings to trust and faith in your intuition as you’re peering into the pith of my vitality. ” This is so true. When I’m in love, I start to adore everything that that person adores. 

  • http://twitter.com/raystraight Ray Straight

    Recommend a Jens Lekman song, please?

    • http://twitter.com/misterdisco Ben Breier

      I Saw You at the Anti-War Demonstration. The Opposite of Hallelujah.  Pocketful of Money.

  • http://www.about.me/tanyasalyers Tanya Salyers

    Godspeed You! Black Emperor…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sam J

    Erm, so. Wanna date?

  • http://typewriterpoetry.wordpress.com b r

    long live the mix(ed) cd

  • Waicool

    spotify? cool, you’re not pregnant!

  • gabe

    tattoo of the sun is still amazing, not embarassing.

  • Sruly

    Greetings easily impressed people!

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