Four Temperament Ensemble Music Discussion

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03:32:14 PM Nov 30th 2013
edited by AceDetective
I believe these are the more accurate personalities for The Beatles:

  • John was melancholic/phlegmatic because of his aggressive yet insecure and sensitive nature along with his tendency to be cynical at sporadic moments. He was especially very witty and had his moments of having his head in the clouds. He himself stated that he had a big mouth and would say things he never really meant and was once considered by a reporter as lazy and disorganized. He also had moments where he would have random anger outbursts, but was able to forgive and forget. He was an impatient, naive, sarcastic, and highly insecure man of extremes who would be openly confident in front of others, then privately be very quiet and unsure of himself. He had a habit of exaggerating his own accomplishments and being vain, arrogant, and a narcissist which all sort of point to his aggressive facade he abides by when out in public as if it's to somehow protect himself. Despite being rather apathetic about the band by the late 1960s, He was classified as one of the agitators in the band since he was rather a total dick to a lot of people (including his family and bandmates) and was willing to leave the band by 1966 after he impulsively made the "Bigger than Jesus" remark. He, along with George, were the rebels of the band who played a big part in trying to sabotage the band (much to Paul's dismay).

  • Ringo is phlegmatic/melancholic because of his friendly, warm and unassuming personality although he has his moments of mood swings and having a bit of an inferiority complex in the band. He is known for being the mediator in the band when creative tensions were to arise between his bandmates. According to Here, There, And Everywhere, a memoir by Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, Ringo is actually the quiet one in the band who said very little, always seemed to have his guard up, and lacked confidence in his drumming abilities. He was also very uptight and nervous when it came to singing since he was not much of a vocalist. That sort of nervousness and insecurity could also point back to his inferiority complex, along with being the "newbie" in the band. On the flip side, he's as much of a wisecracking joker as John at times, hence the two being the closest of friends compared to the other Beatles. He's the only ex-Beatle who happened to collaborate with all three of his bandmates which lends to the fact that he was the mediator and easygoing realist in the band.

  • Paul is sanguine because of his upbeat nature yet conservative and domineering personality. According to traveling journalists, Paul and George were known as the pranksters of the band, as well as the most talkative. Although John was considered the leader of the band, Paul was more or less the domineering member who made most of the creative decisions, is a overly dedicated workaholic and arguably is the most talented. He has a massive ego so he has numerous moments of being a control freak who wanted things to go his way, and a perfectionist towards a lot of his songs (Maxwell's Silver Hammer anyone?). He especially has moments of being condescending towards his bandmates and being a show off. He is the only ex-Beatle who hardly ever collaborated with the others (if he did, it's mostly with Ringo) and he has a habit of being thin-skinned or sensitive to criticism as well as having a vicious temper when things don't go his way. Despite his flaws, he was classified as the diplomat or optimist in the band since he really enjoyed being a Beatle and only wished to keep the band going even though he knew that the band's dissolution was inevitable (according to John however, Paul was only keeping the band going for his own sake, not everyone else's).

  • George was melancholic because of his introverted, stubborn, and brooding nature along with an indifference towards fame. He was considered by many as calm, gentleman-like, stoic, and came across as very serious and judgmental. He had a fearsome temper, started fights with policemen and photographers during his early years touring with The Beatles, and was a red-blooded man. According to a biography by Bob Spitz, George was very stubborn and despised authority figures. He was the one who argued a lot during numerous sessions like the White Album and Let It Be sessions. He almost got into a fist fight with John because he acted rude towards his wife Yoko Ono. Another thing was his nearly life-long resentment towards not only Paul for "ruining him as a guitarist", but his overall experience as a Beatle almost to the point that he possibly suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. The people who knew him clarify that he hardly was the "Quiet Beatle" fans view him as! In fact, some of his friends recalled how he would never stop talking. Altogether, he was more of the "Stubborn Beatle" than anything else.
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