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God only knows why

 

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A while ago, I shared with you my recent playlist of timeless songs from the 70s and 80s. This one’s a classic from way back further, and it happens to be Paul McCartney’s favorite1. It’s now modernized, improvised, and targeted to help disabled kids of Children In Need:

Can you recognize all 27 voices in this remake? Try listing all the artists down in the comments section below. No Googling, please.

 

Feel good

In collab with BBC’s new service, BBC Music, this mix of old, new, and rising stars reminded me that quality music will only continue to live if you keep it alive. It’s something I intend to do here.

In a world of synths and dubs, it feels good to get lost in the “God Only Knows” melody and breezy rhythm – almost like a form of meditation. You think of your parents and your best friend and your S.O. and other good things in life when you sing with it:

I may not always love you
But long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it
I’ll make you so sure about it
God only knows what I’d be without you
If you should ever leave me
Though life would still go on believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would living do me
God only knows what I’d be without you

 

Wouldn’t it be nice if timeless records actually get passed down to future generations? Your kids (and you) will be sharper, focus better, work fasterless stressed and become more creative with the Beach Boys in the background.

 

Why it feels good

While “quality music” is relative and it’s just a matter of taste, we all grow into genres from a very young age – the more often you’re conditioned to experience the pleasure your parents experienced when you were a kid out of a song, the more likely you’re gonna grow up liking songs like that.

 

 
 

Still, the remaining equation is determined by – you guessed it – personality. A 2006 study at Heriot-Watt University in the UK discovered the following ties:

  • Blues fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease
  • Jazz fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing and at ease
  • Classical music fans have high self-esteem, are creative, introvert and at ease
  • Rap fans have high self-esteem and are outgoing
  • Opera fans have high self-esteem, are creative and gentle
  • Country and western fans are hardworking and outgoing
  • Reggae fans have high self-esteem, are creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle and at ease
  • Dance fans are creative and outgoing but not gentle
  • Indie fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard working, and not gentle
  • Bollywood fans are creative and outgoing
  • Rock/heavy metal fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, and at ease
  • Chart pop fans have high self-esteem, are hardworking, outgoing and gentle, but are not creative and not at ease
  • Soul fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle, and at ease

 

Interesting, right? I guess I’m just not gentle, and it’s my mom’s #1 biggest complaint about me as a woman. Oh well.

What about you? Which music are you a fan of?

 
 
 
 
 


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 Footnote(s):

  1. BBC: Smashed Hits: God Only Knows []
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