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Question to the adults
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21 April 2013
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Ron Nasty
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A great question, tkj!

Hmmm, I wonder how old you are? Not a judgement about the folly of youth. I just know there's a 10-year-old floating around on here somewhere.

I fall into that category of "adult" (though still not sure just what that means), and 40+. I can only answer this from my perspective.

I fell in love with the group when I was 13, so many many years ago... Do I still devour them in quite the way I did then? The truth is no. I listen to lots of unreleased, am always hungry for things I haven't heard, and when I am in the mood - or something stirs me - will sit down and have a good old-fashioned Beatles session like I used to.

They remain my favourite group, and there is only one artist comes close to vying with them for #1 depending on the day and my mood (Bob Dylan).

I suppose the thing is, my first album of theirs was "Rock 'N' Roll Music Volume 1". I started off hearing them doing all these great songs by other people - Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Carl Perkins, etc. etc. - and I wondered what these other people were like. So I sought them out, and loved them, and wondered where they had come, and where else they had led.

I now have a collection that runs from 20s jazz and blues through to people like Jake Bugg and Paloma Faith. George Harrison once said something about there being so much music to discover, so many styles and forms. They didn't limit theirselves, I haven't, nor should you...

Don't know whether that helps, or really answers your question to old fogeys like me...

"I only said we were bigger than Rod... and now there's all this!" Ron Nasty

21 April 2013
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21 April 2013
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I'm in my early 40's and The Beatles were everywhere in my childhood but I wasn't that into them. While I had the Lady Madonna single when I was 7 or so and Let it Be when I was 12, and had the White Album when I was about 22, I wasn't really a big fan.  In fact, I was always turned off by Paul McCartney's silly songs and thought The Beatles were overrated.

Then a couple of years ago a friend gave me the whole catalogue on CD when he bought the remasters, and I listened to the whole catalogue and said "hmm, not bad, I guess."

Then another friend gave me his record collection about a year ago, and there were some Beatles vinyl albums in it (nothing rare), and I started putting those on, and then one night (while listening to Rock And Roll Music Vol. 1), it just clicked.  I suddenly wanted to listen to The Beatles all the time, and pretty much have ever since. I too bought the Beatles in Stereo box, then everything by John Lennon, then everything by Yoko Ono, then The Beatles in Mono, and I haven't stopped.

A couple of fanatical Beatles friends also gave me a ton of music and videos.

So I guess I'm the opposite of the "adults" you are describing!

In fact, I now have an 80 gig iPod Classic that is devoted entirely to The Beatles and Beatles-related music.  I've filled it about halfway.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon
22 April 2013
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Joe said
I'm 36 and I would say almost everything I like nowadays I either liked when I was a teenager, or would have done had it been released/had I discovered it. My taste in music has barely changed over the years. And yes, that includes some of the pop I listened to as a kid (Duran Duran, Michael Jackson). If it's good it's good; fashion has nothing to do with quality.

That reminds me of a study from a few years ago on this subject.

Our self-image from those years, in other words, is especially adhesive. So, too, are our preferences. “There’s no reason why, at the age of 60, I should still be listening to the Allman Brothers,” Steinberg says. “Yet no matter how old you are, the music you listen to for the rest of your life is probably what you listened to when you were an adolescent.” Only extremely recent advances in neuroscience have begun to help explain why.

More here.

And, Joe, I didn't know you also liked Duran. :-)

And to tie this directly to the topic at hand, I never stopped being a Duran fan because that was the music I discovered and needed during a very difficult adolesnce. But with the music I listened to as a child, I find that my tastes are cyclical. I loved The Beatles as a kid, got turned off in the '80s by the blander portions of Paul's solo output, and now I've come back around and discovered even more to love. Same with The Carpenters, whom my 1st grade teacher turned me on to. So, I don't completely abandon the first loves, it just might take a while to return to them.

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

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SatanHimself said
I'm not going to say anything negative about your Dad, but from my lifetime experience playing, selling and enjoying music, here's how what I've learned:

Some people experience music as a background in their lives.  They like it as a touchstone reference to their youth, but it isn't something they feel particularly connected with.

Other people connect deeply and emotionally to their music.  It defines them and shaped large parts of their lives.

 

I know and love lots of people in the first category.  But I truly connect with the people in the second.

I get exactly what you mean, that's what I've noticed, connection to the music directly correlates to the interest and the longevity of that interest. I am a musician and hope to one day make a career out of it (if I'm lucky) so I really connect to the music I like, especially the Beatles, and I know there's no way I'll ever get bored of them. I also feel like musicians especially respect the music as they know what goes into it. The sheer musical genius is something so amazing that anyone who really pays attention to the music, like everyone on this website, has to love them as theres always something new to find so the music never gets old.

3 March 2014
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Mr. Kite said

SatanHimself said
I'm not going to say anything negative about your Dad, but from my lifetime experience playing, selling and enjoying music, here's how what I've learned:

Some people experience music as a background in their lives.  They like it as a touchstone reference to their youth, but it isn't something they feel particularly connected with.

Other people connect deeply and emotionally to their music.  It defines them and shaped large parts of their lives.

 

I know and love lots of people in the first category.  But I truly connect with the people in the second.

I get exactly what you mean, that's what I've noticed, connection to the music directly correlates to the interest and the longevity of that interest. I am a musician and hope to one day make a career out of it (if I'm lucky) so I really connect to the music I like, especially the Beatles, and I know there's no way I'll ever get bored of them. I also feel like musicians especially respect the music as they know what goes into it. The sheer musical genius is something so amazing that anyone who really pays attention to the music, like everyone on this website, has to love them as theres always something new to find so the music never gets old.

What do you play? Right now I only play bass (which has helped me become pretty good, if I do say so myself), but I'd like to expand to at least guitar and piano in the future.

I'd love to become a professional musician, once I learn guitar and work on my songwriting. I've recorded some stuff on this 8 track digital recorder my dad has, but nothing ambitious yet. I'm still young though, at least.

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