I’ve just been listening to a classical guitarist on YouTube, well I should say “a man playing music on a classical guitar”. His username is ‘AndanteLargo’ if anyone wants to go and listen. He’s posted some wonderful videos of himself playing Bach and music by other classical composers – and they sound glorious – but he’s also posted videos of himself playing songs by the Beatles and other bands, some folk music, some songs and themes from films, musicals, etc, etc, which all sound equally as glorious. It interests me that his performances on classical guitar seem to put all types of music on an equal footing. It’s easy to become snobbish about music and to assume that there’s some essential difference in aesthetic quality between the music of Bach, Mozart, etc and that of the Beatles, Bernstein, Williams, etc. I’m not saying that all music is of the same quality of course, but when you hear what are normally counted as different types of music all played superbly well on one instrument (especially when that instrument is one that’s normally reserved for performances of classical music) then the divisions we normally perceive to exist between different types of music seem no longer to exist.