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Music: Now there is a subject of much debate - Who is best? What genre is best? Where does Elvis fit in to it all? Is his name even worthy of mention?

Ask a million people and you will get a million different replies.

Which will lead any discerning listener to conclude that - There is no definitive answer. - Each to his or her, own. I have hundreds (no exaggeration) of LPs. - Many I inherited from my dad, the rest I bought for myself. I like to think that he would have approved of my choices as his taste covered a range of genre. I have memory of Beethoven symphony alongside trad-jazz.

The question is often asked - What is your favourite?.. Singer, band, artist, lyricist, player (guitar/piano) etc. And I have answers for those questions. But, they change each time the point is raised.

Music is of its own time and it is also beholden to the listener who in turn is of his/her own time. Each of us have a 'here and now' moment with every note we hear. Music is bound to us all by the 'moment'. That 'first time' we hear a ballad of Bob Dylan or perhaps a Gregorian Chant. Where we are, what we are doing, who we are with; All these things need to be factored in to how we appreciate Music.

On replay, does the same feeling occur? Do the hairs on the back of the neck stilll rise? For me, in many cases the answer is yes; I still feel as I did in (for example) 1971 when I heard Joni Mitchell sing on the album 'Blue'. Likewise beforehand with 'Astral Weeks' (1968) by Van Morrison. Countless albums by Bob Dylan; Each have their 'moment'. I have to mention Pink Floyd and the joy they have brought over the years. I could go on and list so many others and bore you with examples - The opening sax on 'Baker Street' (Raphael Ravenscroft) or the guitar riff by George Harrison on 'While my guitar gently weeps'. The soaring David Gilmour solo work on 'Comfortably Numb'. Perhaps the Devilish fingerwork of Steve Vai, and a mention for the "Taking a note for a walk" of Miles Davis... I could go on with never-ending listings. But I will leave it there.

Each of us have our favourites, each of us will re-live moments in time when we hear any given song or tune via radio, tv or internet. Music belongs to us all and is a part of our life even if we do not know it.

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bestwriter wrote on October 31, 2014, 3:21 AM

With the kind of life I live which gets me to load my mind with pleasant thoughts I prefer them to any music although those days when I was working and got back home with thoughts that were not so interesting that would make me relive them, I would listen to songs such as those sung by Jim Reeves, Engelbert, Connie Francis, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and such . Come Christmas my house reverberates with carols right from the first week of December. Having said that I do enjoy reality shows which are packed mostly with Indian film songs.

LoudMan wrote on October 31, 2014, 9:04 AM

I can relate to an eclectic taste in music. Someone else once said, "Were it not for music, it has all been a waste."

Feisty56 wrote on October 31, 2014, 9:10 AM

I found myself nodding in agreement with your statement that your favorite artist/song/genre changes each time someone asks as I find the same to be true for myself. What speaks to me today may be passe tomorrow and so on.

Ellis wrote on October 31, 2014, 9:56 AM

Truth be known I have favourites from every age and genre of music except opera and rap. Incidentally, Eric Clapton plays the guitar on Georges 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'. Good to see you posting again Fractal...

BarbRad wrote on October 31, 2014, 9:33 PM

Very true. Music has played a big role in my life, but my tastes change. I didn't realize it until I played one of my old favorites and it no longer had the same appeal as it once did. I still like it, but it's not longer on my favorites list.

Fractal wrote on November 1, 2014, 10:13 PM

You are quite right. It was EC who played on the track. I know this and on a rewrite edit, I mentioned it. Sadly I did not save the edit and the original is posted.
I should have taken more care.
Thanks also for the welcome back. :)

Fractal wrote on November 1, 2014, 10:15 PM

Well, whoever it was who said it, I agree.

Fractal wrote on November 1, 2014, 10:17 PM

pleasant thoughts often result in listening to music. Music comes from the soul (mostly); What could be more pleasant?

Fractal wrote on November 1, 2014, 10:20 PM

Some songs or sounds do sound dated, but if they mean something to the listener then they are ageless.

bestwriter wrote on November 1, 2014, 10:36 PM

You mean to say instrumental to match the pleasant thoughts? (lol)