Why Are The Beatles Infallible?

I don’t like The Beatles.

Now what do you do when you read that line? Did you gasp in horror? Did you shake your head and go, “wow…”? Did you immediately discount every opinion I hold about music?

If you’re anything like any other individual I’ve encountered, then one of those questions received a “yes” answer. Why? Why did reading that one statement evoke such a response?

The answer is that The Beatles are (said in an epically cavernous and echo-y way) “THE GREAST BAND OF ALL-TIME.” It’s the one G.O.A.T. argument that few seem to contest. It’s spoken and repeated as a given that everyone is supposed elicit a agreeing nod.

Given that this is the case, people assume that I don’t like The Beatles just to be different. They see it as a misguided attempt to be “cool;” to be a rebel. Yet this logic is flawed. It’s almost a case of religion. You don’t gain other people’s respect by not believing in their gods, and The Beatles are held up as cultural gods.
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Going Solo For Art’s Sake

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Art impacts each one of us in a different way. No two people see a painting, hear a song or watch a movie and get the exact same thing from it. Which raises the question: Why are people so hesitant to experience a concert alone?

Recently one of my friends had one of her all-time favorite bands come through town but didn’t attend the show. It wasn’t because she couldn’t get a ticket. It wasn’t because she had to work that night. It was because she had no one to go with.

She was even considering just hanging outside the venue (not a smart idea in Spokane) during the concert because she cared so much for the band, yet going alone was unthinkable.

The situation may seem rather extreme, but this type of thing occurs quite often. Probably the most common situation for this refusal to digest art alone is movie-going. No matter how much they have been anticipating a film, people are reluctant to go solo.

Individuals will convince themselves that waiting to see it later with friends is the best option. It’s odd because watching a movie with others does not change the product in the least. If you watch the film alone or with a slew of friends, every frame is still the same. Every joke, scare or tear is still shows up the same way on that projector screen. So, what is it that drives this tendency in people? What we really desire is not the companionship; what we crave is social discussion of art.
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