jgm0228:This post may very well deserve to be in the Beatles section, however it talks about his individual music style, so I will post it in here.
We love John Lennon. Most of us also love songs like When I'm 64, Obla do- Obla da, Got to Get You Into My Life. Timeless hits. Ballroom Dancing was a good song right? But when asked about that Paul quirk that has sometimes compelled him to write music under influence of his father's type of music, John Lennon dismissed it as, "Granny music s***." The Jazz band in GTGYIML, clarinet in 64, granny music. Now I don't know about everyone, but I enjoy that granny music. I feel it represents Paul's all encompassing writing style that has influences from every genre imaginable. How do you feel about this type of music from Paul, Beatles and solo career?
I really don't think that John actually hated this type of music that he referenced as Granny Music. John and Paul grew up together in the same area. Paul said that John also liked a lot of the music from that generation. It is quite possible that John referred to it as 'granny' music because it was so different than rock and roll. We all know that John was very witty and sarcastic. He had a sarcastic word or phrase for practically everything. That was one reason the reporters of the day loved him . He quite possibly could have found some of Paul's grann;y songs quite endearing. Not that the song Michelle is granny music, but John loved that song and encouraged Paul to record it (even helping him).
This is not the case for many of the music critics of the day particularly the rock critics. They took John's "granny" term literally and continued for many years criticizing any song of Paul's that had a tinge of "old style". Just a theory of mine, but one of the reasons that the younger critics are very favorable to Paul is that they appreciate the huge diversity in Paul's music, This diversity is one of the primary reasons that I fell in love with Macca's music.
A perfect example is one song on Venus And Mars....You Gave Me the Answer. This song harkens back to his father's time. V&M has such diversity and it is what I love about so many of Paul's albums. On top of the great rock and roll on V&M, you have songs like Love in Song, Treat Her Gently/Lonely Old People and the aforementioned You Gave Me the Answer. Now that is diversity. Can't wait for the remaster to come out.