I s there such a thing as good and bad music? I ean towards the answer being yes, but of course it depends on an individual’s taste.
Everyone has their own opinion about music and everyone probably likes a certain type more than others so arguably there is no ‘bad’ music because there will be someone who thinks a ‘bad’ song is actually a good song.
When I present my radio show on Heart I try to be as respectful of the music as possible. By this I mean I don’t think I’m more important than the music and talk all over the track I’m playing or cut the track off before it’s finished so I can get to the news on time.
Why? Because I’m fully aware that every song I play on my radio show will be someone’s favourite and they’ll be annoyed if I ruin it.
There is a certain type of music that often gets ridiculed and that is novelty songs like Joe Dolce’s Shadup Ya Face which was number one in the UK in 1981 and famously stopped the brilliant Vienna by Ultravox getting to the top of the charts.
I’m not ashamed to say that I love these so-called novelty songs. Whether it be Black Lace with Agadoo or The Wurzels with Combine Harvester, these songs never fail to bring a smile to my face and raise the mood when I hear them.
My daughter Caitlin was just three when she started liking music that didn’t come from her favourite children’s TV shows.
The first was the incredibly popular Gangnam Style by South Korean musician Psy. A song that became the first on YouTube to reach a billion views and will go down in history as a one-hit wonder novelty track.
For me it will always take me back to when my daughter was a toddler and was dancing around the living room to the song. But now six-year-old Caitlin is into music from the likes of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Jess Glynne and I’m already waiting for the day when I’ll be one of those dads who are dragged along to a concert. Although I’ll probably enjoy myself just as much as she does.
But the greatest thing is when your children enjoy the same music as you.
I recently dug out my Christmas compilation CD and it is now in the car and getting us feeling festive on all journeys.
Two of my favourite Christmas songs are now my daughters’ favourite Christmas songs. Shakin Stevens’s track Merry Christmas Everyone and Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas.
Children being children, they are asking for these tracks on every journey and when they finish I’m asked to play them again.
This makes me fear that these Christmas songs that I consider to be good will soon be bad.