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.