Pop vs. Classical and changing tastes.

I was going to just post a link to this article on my Facebook page, but then i started typing my thoughts on it and it just got kept going; so here it is as a blog post.


This is interesting. It seems like Paul Morley always looks to define his articles in very clear dark and light ways, as if he needs to justify his changing tastes in music.

I really love what might today be called ‘Alternative Rock’ music. But that mostly has to do with new releases. I also love Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock and Folk music. Even listing those genres is a narrow definition of what I am listening out for when I hear music.

Really my taste is a big mish mash of all these styles and new music that gets me excited most always seems to be informed by all of these. I’ll always love hearing new bands and new music because people will keep taking elements from old music and developing them in new ways.

Morley seems to suggest that pop music is no longer progressing.  But really I think that what he means as pop today isn’t the same as the pop he wrote about for NME. That was intelligent, challenging music and that will always be around and progressing in some way.

But anyway this is an interesting article about someone who used to exclusively listen to rock and pop and now is excited about classical.

Paul Morley: ‘Pop belongs to the last century. Classical music is more relevant to the future’


Maybe read the article and respond to it. Its been interesting seeing people from pop and rock and classical backgrounds give their thoughts on twitter and other forums to this.

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