Have you ever wondered why there just seems to be some music with staying power? It lasts from generation to generation. Like the energizer bunny, good music keeps on going and going.
Take the 56th Grammy Awards for example. The Rolling Stones and ex-Beatle Paul McCartney were both nominated. Paul even gave his first ever live performance (accompanied by none other than his ex-bandmate, Ringo Starr) at a Grammy awards ceremony in 2014. That’s 50 years after the Beatles first landmark appearance on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964!
I can remember the days when there seemed to be an endless debate raging among teens over which group was the greatest- The Rolling Stones or The Beatles. These two super-groups reigned supreme in the Rock and Roll music scene back then. Many loyal fans took sides in this debate and everyone was fully convinced that their favorite band made the best music.
For me, it was simple. I loved the Stones, but the Beatles were by far my favorite group. In my opinion, they were superior songwriters, singers, and musicians.
Here’s a couple reasons why…
When the Beatles were beginning to see the effect their music was having on the kids of their generation (known as Beatlemania), the Stones were also charting with a song called, “I Wanna Be Your Man.” But it just so happens that the Lennon-McCartney team wrote this song and gave it to The Stones as a favor so they could get a recording contract.
In 1967 the Beatles released the masterful Sgt. Pepper album. Shortly after this, The Stones released an album which many considered to be a copycat version of Sgt. Pepper…
“Satanic Majesties Request is the sixth British and eighth American studio album by the Rolling Stones, released on 8 December 1967 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and the following day in the United States by London Records. Its title is a play on the “Her Britannic Majesty requests…
Upon its initial release, the album “drew mixed reviews from the critics as well as some mixed reactions within the group itself.” In recent years, however, it has gained a cult following since it was The Rolling Stones’ only overt outing into the psychedelic realm, and because of its lenticular cover (which critics still compare to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album).” ~Wikipedia
Here is another interesting fact to consider. ..
The Beatles stopped giving live perfomances after their final concert at Candlestick Park in San Fransisco on August 29, 1966. They decided they wanted to spend more time in the recording studio and focus on making good music. Many people thought they were crazy and would quickly lose their fan base and popularity if they stopped giving live performances. Well, the boys didn’t seem to care.
What happened as a result?
The Beatles kept cranking out hit songs and their popularity grew even more. Then the question became… “when are the Beatles going to give another concert?” So, in order to let their fans have a little peek into what they’d been up to, they began producing their own music videos and showing them on tv… which was another first for the industry. They were always the trend setters that everyone else followed.
Now, this is not to take anything away from The Rolling Stones.
After the Beatles officially broke up, the Stones became my favorite group for awhile. I spent a lot of time listening to their music and saw them in concert three times. I even got back stage once. But their music never inspired me to think deeper about life, or to question why things were the way they were. Actually, it had the opposite effect and stimulated a more rebelious nature in me.
On the other hand, the Beatles made me think about things like peace and love. I began my own spiritual journey for “Truth” largely due to the impressions and impact which some of the Beatles lyrics had made on me. They are also largely responsible for my desire to learn how to play the guitar and write my own songs. Now, when I look back on it all, the Beatles seem more like personal friends that I grew up with, rather than a famous band that was beyond my reach.
Well, Paul McCartney’s song “Cut Me Some Slack” won the grammy award for Best Rock Song in 2014. It was a track he had written with former band members of Nirvana. Paul obviously knows how to create music with staying power. As far as I can tell, he will probably continue creating music that lasts for as long as he possibly can. Guitar students will likely continue wanting to learn how to play Beatle songs for years to come as well. Which just goes to show that good music never dies. So Rock On!