231 Music

Kate talks about what kinds of music she likes to listen to.


Nicola: So Kate, tell me about your favorite music!

Kate: I'd say my favorite music would have to be the Beatles.

Nicola: Yeah.

Kate: I love the Beatles, cause they always make me happy and I've grown up with the Beatles

Nicola: Uh-huh, so you're parents listen to it?

Kate: Yeah, so we have all these old 45's when I was younger and this record player, and so we had loads of like Simon and Garfunkel and the Beatles and the Stones so that was the music I grew up listening to, and that's what I still really love.

Nicola: Oh, awesome, and so do you like have a favorite song or?

Kate: Yeah, probably it's "Happiness is a warm gun" which is on the White Album.

Nicola: Yeah, right, right, cool.

Kate: I love all their albums. But I haven't been to Liverpool yet. I'd like to go. That would be nice.

Nicola: And do you have a favorite Beatle?

Kate: John Lennon, definitely. He's definitely the coolest. I like his songs.

Nicola: Do you like his individual work?

Kate: Yeah.

Nicola: Yeah

Kate: Yeah. Some of them, like "Imagine" is really good. Yeah, he's definitely my favorite. Though, I quite like George as well. That was sad when he died, cause he was, yeah, he was real individual. I like Ringo, but Paul not so much.

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We had all these old 45's and record player when I was young.

A '45' is a very small, old-fashioned record what was especially common for single songs. Notice the following:

  1. Did you buy the 45s for all his single tracks?
  2. My dad still has all his old 45's at his parents' house.

grew up listening to

That was the kind of music I grew up listening to.

If you 'grow up listening to' something it means that you heard it frequently, from the time you were a child until you were an adult. Notice the following:

  1. He grew up listening to a lot of heavy metal music.
  2. I grew up listening to a lot of folk music.


I love all The Beatles' albums.

'Album' in this case refers to a disc or record that has been released with certain songs on it. Notice the following:

  1. 'Like a Prayer' is my favorite Madonna album.
  2. Have you heard Lady Gaga's new album yet?


John Lennon is definitely the coolest.

If a person is 'cool' he is excellent, interesting or admirable. In this case is it the superlative or extreme form of the verb. Notice the following:

  1. X-men, the movie, has some of the coolest special effects I've ever seen.
  2. I think this store has the coolest clothes.


Do you like John's individual work?

An 'individual' is one person.  In this case it refers to the work that John Lennon did alone or separate from the rest of the Beatles. Notice the following:

  1. Would you like an individual room or a double?
  2. You have the option of taking an individual or group test.
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Complete the sentences with the words below.
45's • listening to • albums
coolest • individual
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  2. I remember when were like MP3s are today.
  3. We are going to take photos first and then some of the whole family.
  4. He grew up rock and it influenced his music a lot.
  5. I used to think digital cameras were the thing in the world.