The Right Scarfie Profile wrote:No, you did. It's funny how that happens to people, especially considering that you're a poster who I know has an admiration for several different styles, but I can't really pick the one you're most fond of perhaps that's because you don't have one?
I guess it's like that signature you have, the one cribbed from "Come Together".
Which in turn is sampled from Jesse Jackson's opening speech at the fantastic Wattstax concert.
Interesting question. No, I guess I don't have a particular favourite genre. Maybe soul music, but that's more of a relatively recent thing. I guess what I tend to do is constantly try to hear great music that I don't already know. This tends to involve exploring genres and periods with a mad passion and desperate need to find more and more music, the further into the style I get. Then I take breaks from this quest for more by returning to things I've already done this with. So this last year, I've almost exclusively been playing american roots stuff, loads of country, bits of jazz, rhythm and blues, gospel and folk. Then, yesterday, I played the Beatles and it was such a massive change it reminded me of when I was passionately devouring as much Beatles stuff as I could find.
I think the problem (if that's the right word) is when people stop doing this and stick to what they feel safe with. People who say 'I don't like reggae/jazz/hip hop/new music/whatever', to me at least, are being very narrow. this is where you end up with people like some of the beatles fans I've met who have no filters, they simply love everything. It's possible, if you avoid listening to anything else, to end up enjoying Ringo's solo albums, it really is. It's possible because the records exist, for that person, without any contextual reference, other than other Ringo records. So one can say that Ringo is a better album than Ringo the 4th, which it is, but not realise that, in the context of music as a whole, they are both irrelevant. There's nothing wrong with liking shit, we all have little self-indulgences, but, to me anyway, you have to know
it's shit. Otherwise you've lost.