DH and I are hosting Christmas, which is not something we've often been able to do. All the guests are my relatives (Mom, cousin, brother, SIL, nieces).
BG: DH Looooves music, is extremely knowledgeable about it, and has....um.....refined taste, you might say. I've learned a lot from him and enjoy most of the kinds of things he likes.
I have rather more plebeian tastes. I have no problem with pop, synthesizer music, and "inauthentic" arrangements of things (Sweetie could NOT understand why I prefer the gentle meandering version of the Pachelbel Canon that I grew up with to his historically correct, faster tempo version, played on period instruments---which to me sounds like something an oompa-band would perform
To him, historically correct is always better.
For Christmas, I'm doing the cooking and decorating. He wanted to put together the music to be in the background and I enthusiastically agreed. Keep in mind, (as I thought I made clear to him) that NOBODY in my family is into, well, what would you call it? Challenging music
"Do you have any regular Christmas music?" I asked him. "Of course," he said, and, well, since he has literally more than 5,000 CDs not to mention the extensive MP3 files, I believed it.
He's playing the 2+ hour long file now. I have had to hide in the bedroom with my nerves in shreds (it's been a long day).
There's lots and lots of traditional music, if by traditional you mean what people would have listened to in Northern Europe from 1200-1850....a lot of it sounds like dirges. It's beautifully performed, well sung, and it belongs to this party and this group of people like a nice cup of anthrax.
I've already hurt his feelings by fleeing. What CAN I say to express 1) thank you for doing all this work, 2) no no no no no and 3) will you want to commit seppuku if I get a CD with Christmas carols and Jingle bells and things of that sort on it?