Why music critics shouldn't date other music critics

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They say artists shouldn't date other artists, and actors shouldn't date other actors. This is also the case when it comes to music writers. For starters, music writers are a miserable lot who are mostly paid in concert tickets, ego-stroking, and swag, rather than actual money. Plus, they're opinionated like no one else, and conversations about their preferred musicians often amount to little more than dick-measuring (yes, even for the ladies).

Once upon a time I dated another music writer, and the emotional results weren't always pretty. So take heed! Here are the reasons not to make the mistake I did.


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Competition

When I first took up with my music critic beau, he was my inspiration. A few years older than I, he actually got paid to write. But as I developed I began achieving things at a younger age than he had, and I felt the tension grow between us. "Wow, that's great that they made you an editor at [pop music website]. That's, um, earlier than when I started editing at [same pop music website]."

Then there was the time I snagged an interview with country legend Merle Haggard... right around the same time my ex wanted to interview him. His response? "That's great, Rach.... Although you technically started listening to him because of me."


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6 comments
Ben Bakunin
Ben Bakunin

"Critics" thinly veiled metaphor for hyper-opinionated obnoxious assholes

AllMediaReviews
AllMediaReviews

Editors suck anyways. Why I'm the writer, editor and owner of my own blog.

AllMediaReviews
AllMediaReviews

Editors suck anyways. Why I'm the writer, editor and owner of my own blog.

David Kay
David Kay

Did you just break up with this guy Rachel? Cuz, uh, it really sounds like your issues here.

jenboyles
jenboyles

Ironic since I met and married my amazing, intelligent, handsome husband through City Pages as I was an editor and he a writer. Many of the staff here were at the wedding six months ago. Couldn't be happier.

ElliotPark
ElliotPark

Very interesting story. Must be a slow week in LA Nik news.

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