For a long time I lived in a place where seeing live music was rare. The downside of this, other than the obvious, was that I ended up reading a lot of music reviews. This is a bad substitute for seeing concerts. The problem with most music reviews is that it is much easier for a writer to come up with a page full of negative criticism rather than a few words of praise. And so I read a lot of reviews and became cynical of music. Then I moved to Portland. Now I write reviews my way.