I realise it's not exactly an easy question, but I'd be very interested to read your thoughts on what exactly constitutes good music. We can probably take it as read that it needs to make some kind of connection with the listener, but how does it go about doing that? And does all good music have elements in common?\r\n\r\nI was out at an aggressively avant-garde jazz concert a while ago, and it left me largely nonplussed because most of what was played didn't really seem to have any of the features I normally associate with music, or good music at least. Similarly I was recently listening to some very highly-regarded music in the 'popular' idiom (won't say any more than that for now :D ), and again I basically couldn't understand what people see in it, because it just seemed more-or-less free from music content as I understand it.\r\n\r\nThen I thought: maybe I'm not listening for the right things, or at least not listening for the [i]same[/i] things as what people who like this sort of music are listening for. So: what makes good music good?