In this day in age of the pop music mill grinding out one lazily written tune after another, all the artists start to sound pretty much the same. Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Adele, and others continuously produce 'hits' that are hard to tell apart with very little flow, originality, or replay value.
On the other hand, much of the great classical composers we use to learn and teach music can often seem boring if not at the very least challenging to the point of frustration. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart... their music seems reserved for classical players. What about the rest of us?
How do we as musicians keep growing and learning to play better than before given the current state of pop music? I suggest going to the source - to the music that modern pop owes its very existence to. Give me some golden oldies!
Much of the music of the early to mid 1960's still sounds as fresh and engaging today as it did fifty years ago. It's dynamic, somewhat innocent, and moreover the majority of it is well-written and a bit more of a learning curve for players of all instruments who are used to playing more contemporary tunes. There is a vast treasure-trove of music that has most likely been lost on musicians in the current millenial age group.
The Beatles, the Beach Boys, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons... When looking at the great variety of music just waiting to be discovered, if you're wondering where to go next may I kindly point you to the source!