A big mess of thoughts about listening: Josh writes perceptively about how he approaches music. I think the ‘thinking’ he talks about is something every listener does, and in general I can see where he’s coming from, with two caveats:

i) His method of growing into a piece of music (apologies for crass summarisation) still doesn’t solve the so-much-music so-little-time problem: there is simply too much music around even to try everything you might want to out, let alone listen yourself into liking it, and even if there was where would that leave the music that you’ve ‘got’ to your satisfaction and might want to play for pleasure?

ii) I can’t reading the article see any way for Josh to dislike a piece of music. Which plainly he does, and quite often.