I’m watching Prince solo on When My Guitar Gently Weeps, and Jimi play Sunshine of My Love, and I’m seized of the idea that there are genuine parallels between emotional states and musical uses/genres. Even though The Ramones were not at all the most talented musicians, no one has accused them of pandering to the lowest common denominator, while I currently can’t find the appeal of The Jonas Brothers.
Does it take a blues appreciation to compose lasting rock music? The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, certainly had it. To argue the opposite, I can’t musically find it in The Sex Pistols, although I think their album has about 6 of the classic punk tracks.
Is it emotion, musical training, or something else that makes touching and lasting pop music?