No, this isn't about the schmaltzy duet with Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney.
I was trying to come up with a non-controversial thread title to talk about a subject that I hope will be taken in the spirit intended. I am curious about musical taste and how and why it is formed the way it is. So I just wanted to see if people's taste in music leans more toward the ebony or the ivory or anywhere in between. In general, I think that there is a blurry line that divides black music from white music. Maybe it's the rhythms, or the groove, or whatever it is that creates that different sound that I hear in some music depending on whether the artist(s) are black or white. To give some very broad generalizations: Country music seems white, R&B seems black, Heavy Metal seems white, Funk seems black. I certainly don't draw hard lines between black and white music but I perceive an overall difference between the general sound of the music.
Much of my favorite rock 'n' roll music was recorded in the 50's. Back then, thanks to performers like Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry, there was a cross pollination of what was at the time strictly segregated musical styles. Once these two broke through, it seemed that the line became very blurred. Then came the 60's, when black identity became increasingly important, and the music sometimes pulled apart into more distinct black and white styles.
Me, I seem to lean toward the Ebony. The rhythms, the grooves, the kind that are sinuous and slinky. Not that I don’t like the Ivory too, but I tend to lean a lot toward Ebony.
Now I’m not trying to imply that leaning one way or the other signifies anything or is important at all. And in fact, I don’t really think that different musical styles should be seen as based on race. I think it is more based on cultural differences and regional differences. Pop/rock music seems to borrow from a very disparate array of musical styles.
So, is there anything to discuss here or am I full of crap? Do our cultural backgrounds have anything to do with the music we listen to?