I admit it: I’m a music snob.
That comes as no surprise to those of you who know me. I like some music and other music, I just don’t like. I admit it, I realize some people may not like it, but I don’t see anything wrong with it. In fact, it’s sort of a rite of passage for some – when you pass from loving any song you can dance to to being selective about which songs you want to dance to and which you find completely uninspiring, either because you’ve been around long enough to hear them one too many times or because you’ve developed a sense of taste that reflects your personal preference and dance style.
Anyway, there’s a whole Pandora’s box to be explored concerning music, and for the moment, I’d like to pick just one item: cross-fading.
Cross-fading, as any user of iTunes knows, is when the end of one song overlaps with the beginning of the next – one fades out as one fades in. Personally, I really, really dislike it.
As a dancer, I like a beginning and an ending to my songs – a complete story to my dance – and cross-fading deprives me of both of those. Plus, I like time to finish with one partner, thank her and escort her off the floor, and ask another partner and guide her onto the floor before I’ve missed too much of the next song.
Honestly, I don’t know who thought or still thinks cross-fading is a good idea, but every now and then there’s a DJ who does it, and it irks me to no end. (Of course, waiting more than a second or two between songs irks me as well – where’s the music? why are you letting the energy die?)
So am I alone? Anyone else out there snobbish enough to care about things like cross-fading? Anyone have a personal preference for song transitions? (Song selection? Another topic for another time…) Anyone out there a DJ and have an opinion on this?