Love The Beatles, not The Stones
What kind of music do you like? It's a question I always struggle to answer, because I have a lot of music, and I guess the easy answer is that it starts with The Beatles.
I'm not a fanatic, at about the time I was forming my musical tastes back in the 1970s The Beatles had already broken up, so my experience was already second-hand. I can remember hanging ABBA and Bee Gees posters on the bedroom wall, not so much the Fab Four, and I never did get in to the solo output of Paul, John, George and Ringo.
However, I do have all the Beatles' albums and I think they have provided the basis of the way my musical tastes have been shaped - an appreciation for great self-composed pop songs, exhilarating harmonies, the quirky arrangements in their later years and most of all, the sheer variety of musical forms that encompassed their career. It's led me to embrace all sorts of music going back to Tin Pan Alley to the 'unpopular' pop and indie music I enjoy today.
But one group that has not entered my music collection is The Rolling Stones.
I know all the singles, but actually listening to a record by them? Nope, no interest. This has possibly influenced the lack of bluesy, guitar based rock in my music library, though not perhaps some of the other big blanks there (no Bob Dylan or even Michael Jackson).
What I wonder is whether liking the Beatles and not the Rolling Stones (or vice versa) makes a significant difference to the make up of a music collection and someone's general appreciation of music?
Reflecting on some of my favourite albums from last year, such as Ryan Adams, and The Civil Wars, it would also appear that my age now plays a factor in the type of music I favour, and what used to be music to play on Sunday mornings has become all-week music.
So, will picking my way through the Rolling Stones back catalogue round my music collection out? Or should I hold out for a little bit longer? After all, unlike The Beatles, The Rolling Stones are still recording. Maybe they can surprise me with something to like yet?
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