With any work worth its salt, you have to trust the author enough to take its measure. And if you apply too many preconceptions, you are not taking its measure.
I've covered Avril Lavigne. I like good pop songs, and I don't think there should be any kind of preconceptions about where good pop songs come from.
You must surrender whatever preconceptions you have about music if you're really interested in it.
All preconceptions when you laugh go out the window. Laughter kills it.
The great thing about jamming is that you come in with zero preconceptions. Someone might want to play something that suggests something else to you, and the next thing you know you're on a 20-minute adventure.
I've never been a fan of directors who clutter a piece with all sorts of crazy preconceptions or weird ideas.
The old racism of imperialism not only rendered the postwar political elite unable to see black people as full British citizens, it provided them with a whole glossary of stereotypes and preconceptions that they then deployed in order to justify their aim of introducing immigration controls.
I'm always weary of connotations. I don't want people to listen to the music I make presently because they liked my previous work, or to dismiss it because they didn't. I'm guilty of this as well - having preconceptions about other artists - but it's stupid because all music exists on its own and should be listened to with a clear head.
To know ahead of time what you're looking for means you're then only photographing your own preconceptions, which is very limiting, and often false.
Comedy is a terrible way to meet women. It's certainly a way to start talking to them, but they always have preconceptions about you.