Easy choice for me, which should surprise no one: jazz.
Since Rock includes everybody from classic songwriters as Brian Wilson,Dylan,Mitchell,Vega through heavier material such as Zeppelin,Metallica etc. into mutiple genre players such as The Waterboys(Folk,Blues,Country),Neil Young et al,as well as more diverse stuff from Talking Heads to Can then Rock it is.
I think I can smuggle in Bitches Brew and In A Silent Way too-no?
I'm going to burn aren't I?
Egads, these are awful choices, and one after the other, at that. I'll take the same route that I took during three years of being tormented by the "would you rather" game in college (...would you rather fellate a horse on TV or administer a honey mustard enema to your father and retrieve it orally...) and refuse to choose! I'll admit that the "would you rather" game became almost unconscionably perverse, but these choices are not all that much better...;)
Yeah........tough on me too. I'd have to have everything from soft, acoustic Delta to high NRG Chicago Blues, with some Texas, Memphis and everything in between to survive.
KP; No habla (sp?) Please advise.
There are quite a variety of "confessions" here. Zydeco's gotta' be the most exotic-- so far. Craig
Well you tell me Craig, if you see live music in all the categories you mention pretty much equally without necessarily preferring one over the other and listen at home across a broad band, how do you choose?
If the question were based on seeing live, probably classical music because on the rig it doesn't do it the same way as in the concert hall. What the hell kind of trick question is this? :)
Whatever you choose--he's going to make you listen to Rap music at ear damaging volumes. If by some chance you like RAP he'll make you listen to the Prairy Home Companion (same episode--over and over). NO ONE CAN LIKE BOTH OF THESE--but if they do, I compliment you on having the widest range of musical tastes ever--and may have actually foiled lucifer.
Craig, well, "folk" might be closer to the truth, if that includes Iris DeMent and Doc Watson. How about Mary Black? Does Irish count as folk? How about Alison Krauss? Bluegrass count as folk? If I call it Hillbilly music is it folk?
Here's why I say Zydeco if it's a pact with the Devil. The Devil is, well, evil. And if he allows you to pick the genre, he reserves for himself the right to pick the tunes. I love folk music, but there's a lot of bad folk music out there he'd make me listen to. I love rock, but there's a lot of bad rock out there he'd make me listen to. Same with classical.
The difference with Zydeco is, I have never heard a Zydeco performance or recording that didnt have me grinning from ear to ear like the Village Idiot.
Abstract7 - Reminds me of back around the way where all the homies was fly, all the honeys was ballers, and all the shorties was 5%'rs. (Put me in the camp that likes (some of) both)).
To answer the question in the way it was intended, rock (although I'd be sick for months about losing Jarret, Bird, Bach, and Woodie). To answer it in a more smart-ass way, I think that a lot of the answers that are being given point to the fact that ultimately categorization of music begins to break down and so, to a certain degree, the question lacks meaning (I said it was smart-ass).