listening to music, lyrics drive your attention first or the music?

@voldrox (7205)
India
February 23, 2010 10:36am CST
i am a music junkie i listen to any song the music catches me first, i observe the progression of the song and the different instruments in the song, i don't listen to hip hop or trance music much coz to me there is nothing much of musicality as there is in jazz/blues/rock/metal .. maybe i am more interested in these coz i play drums, and the lyrics of the song catches my attention after the music, what about you guys? pay more attention to the lyrics or like to listen to the music, some songs are a great combination of both.. i have also got songs of bands like avial, a tamil band, i don't understand the lyrics but the band is awesome! i see creativity in such bands, there are various other bands which i may not understand but the music!
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@jaiho2009 (39021)
• Philippines
23 Feb 10
Hello voldrox, I listen with my heart...it's the melody I appreciate songs from other countries eventhu i don't understand the lyrics,...by listening to it's melody. I had this favorite song from a friend in Tamil..."EN SWASAKAATRE" The very first time i listen to this song...i really feel in love with it. While listening to that song...with my eyes closed,i feel like,i am wandering from the other dimension... The instrument used...the singer's voice,everything in harmony. I like love songs,mellow touch and country songs... My favorite singer is Barry Manilow...and Jim Brickman. I like their songs and compositions...i can relate with it,and i could live with their lyrics
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
23 Feb 10
that is nice, yes music does get a lot of our attention, it is what backs up the lyrics and gives it a feel, even though we might not understand but the music is such that we cannot resist listening to it again :) .. well those artists you have mentioned i haven't heard their songs but i have heard their name, i should give it a try .. even i like to listen to soft songs
@jaiho2009 (39021)
• Philippines
23 Feb 10
hello again dear bhai, here's one of my favorite song by Jim Brickman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGLTeSn3I7Q
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
23 Feb 10
that is a nice song.. reminded me about the corrs.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6BU6Nb_vDM&feature=related it's a little different hope you enjoy.
@Sreekala (20424)
• India
24 Feb 10
Hi voldrox, How are you? How is your studies? The first attention should be on music but I will listen the lyrics too. You know in our native language there are so many meaningful old songs and all are much popular. The music and lyrics are equally attractive. Now I doubt those kinds of beautiful songs are coming out now. I really love melodies especially the songs in 80s.
@voldrox (7205)
• India
24 Feb 10
hi sreekala how are you doing? i am good, everything is going fine, this friday is my last paper and the mid semesters exams will be done with, yes you are right music and lyrics are equally important and the songs back then were interesting, but now they have all sort of remixes and all mixing and disco beat type, only a selected few are actually quite wonderful to listen to.
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@Sreekala (20424)
• India
24 Feb 10
I am fine too and happy to know about the updates of your exam. Do well and all the best.
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
24 Feb 10
thanks!
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
24 Feb 10
It is definitely the music that moves me to like it or not. When I listen to mainstream radio stations it seems that the music is bland and perhaps more lyrically driven. I listen to a nation wide alternative station that plays all different types of musical genres, but they are more artistic in their music and not commercially driven. I like a song that can move me either physically or emotionally. I prefer songs that start out slow and then build up momentum as they go. One by Metallica and Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin are two well known songs that come to mind right now that do this well. It is interesting when listening to one of my favourite bands Pink Floyd. One songwriter, Dave Gilmour was into the music and wrote long songs with amazing changes in the tempo throughout. Roger Waters wrote more from a lyrical viewpoint and his songs were the short ones and some that were not so appealing to me. The Wall album was almost totally his work and there are a lot of songs on that album that I do not like, although I quite like listening to the album as a whole instead of just a few songs here and there. Pink Floyd albums do not do well on shuffle!
@voldrox (7205)
• India
24 Feb 10
interesting! even i listen to all the artists and bands you mentioned here, you are right about the alternative station, they are more artistic and more focussed on the musicality rather than focusing on the market, bands like the fray and similar bands are that type, coz many of their songs are monotonic, i love porcupine tree, not many know about it and the band is so creative! it is psychedelic rock and i love them, well you love progressive too, starting slow and catching up later. .. stairway to heaven is a classic! .. keep enjoying music dude! ;) .. good day.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
24 Feb 10
I am not sure who The Fray are, but I do know the musical style that you are talking about. It is what I call monotonous rock. It is boring and the rhythm and beat seem the same throughout the whole song with the vocals taking more of a centre stage. Bands like Creed and others that I cannot remember the names of now, but that were very popular with the mainstream media a few years back. I just checked out Porcupine Tree. Thanks for sharing them. I will have a listen to their stuff later after I finish work. I just discovered also that they have just toured here in my area and they got some pretty good revues!
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
24 Feb 10
have fun my friend hope you enjoy them. and yeah they have got some really deep meaning songs.
• China
25 Feb 10
in the past, i'd prefer to the music because of the lyrics. sometimes the sad lyrics attrace me a lot. really very strange, now when i think of it. mostly attracted first by the rhythm now. beautiful melody is a great joy of life.
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
26 Feb 10
hi yolanda, seeing you after sometime .. well yeah some people do like to listen to songs especially sentimental or ballads with sad lyrics don't know why, it is the same with my girlfriend, she loves to listen to them sometimes she says dunno why hehe, anyways have a nice day.
• China
27 Feb 10
hehe, that's good. orelse i'll always think i'm strange, like lisenting to sad musics.
@lindsiko (358)
• United States
24 Feb 10
I'm a drummer myself, but I've always been attracted to music by the lyrics first. I don't really care for much music unless it tells a story or is something I can be inspired by or relate to. I didn't really start to appreciate the actual form or progressions of music until I studied theory and jazz in college.
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
26 Feb 10
hi lindsiko, nice to meet another drummer here so you well studied theory and jazz in college, well i haven't had the opportunity to study such any theory on music but i would have been glad to, i don't play much of jazz sort, frankly it is a little complicated i am just another college guy who loves to play drums and i play rock and metal not much, anyways like i said i first get attracted to the music and i particularly pay attention to the bass and drums :) .. good day.
@lindsiko (358)
• United States
26 Feb 10
You're right! Jazz can definitely be complicated. I've never been into rock too much. I guess that's kind of my downfall as a percussionist. :) Doyou play with single or double bass? I've always liked my kit to be really simple.
• Philippines
24 Feb 10
I think it's always the tune and the melody that catches my attention first, cause usually you won't understand the lyrics that well, not unless you listen to the song intently, or not unless you're reading the lyrics while the song is playing. Hehehe. So if the melody is nice, then I would definitely check out the lyrics if its also nice. If it's not, then I'll still listen to it, I won't mind the lyrics. Hehehe. But if the lyrics is as good as the melody, then definitely it would go directly to my ipod.
@voldrox (7205)
• India
24 Feb 10
hi, that would be a choice for everyone, i naturally get attracted to the music and even if i don't understand i mean if the song is in some other language i would still like to listen to it for the music, i care to know the lyrics later and i guess so with most of us, good day.
• Philippines
24 Feb 10
Yup, it's interesting that a lot of people do the same thing. I thought that there were some who listens to the lyrics first. But i guess I'm wrong.
@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
23 Feb 10
I think music is the first to attract my attention to the song. Because I am not such a big fan of hard rock, trance or hip hop music, (I think I am more towards pop genre), thus if the introduction of the song is too much for me to handle, I will just give that piece a miss. But definitely lyrics is as meaningful and so is the singer's vocal. Because these are all the things that makes the song attractive to me. If the vocalist is unable to project out the emotions of the lyrics or if the lyrics don't really voice out the music's theme, I might not be attracted to the song.
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
23 Feb 10
yes the lyrics add to the feel and meaning of the song and anyone would admire a good song, the first thing that however catches most of us is the music and then lyrics follow, however there are very few songs which despite having quite plain music would catch out attention, credits to the vocalist.
@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
24 Feb 10
Yes, lyrics plays a big part as well as the music. There was once that I heard this song initially which didn't really impress me because the vocalist didn't really sound right for that song. (It was a rock chinese song but it was a lady singing it and thus at that time, it just doesn't make me paid that much attention.) Until one day, I was watching a drama serial, when I heard the song all over again. And this time round, it brings out a different feeling. I actually liked that song and when I was looking at the lyrics, I finally understood why they choose the lady to sing that song because it was something like a parting ways between a couple and the lady was singing it for the guy who left her (the lady who sang the song happened to be the actress in the drama serial as well) and thus that song is their theme song. Thus, a song can also catch my attention if there is a story related to it. And thus, music videos or dramas using the song also plays a big part for me to bring the song to my attention.
@wolfie34 (26820)
• United Kingdom
25 Feb 10
For me it is the music that grabs my attention, the rhythm and the instruments used, then once I get familiar with the song and it grows on me, I start reading into the lyrics, some lyrics can be really profound, others are just vacuous and meaningless. My genre is pop music, mainly from the 80s. I like to learn the words off by heart as well because I find that when I get 'blue' I can sing my favourite song (providing no one is in the room with me!) I can't sing for toffee so I would never subject my awful voice onto anyone. Music is a wonderful soother, stress release and a comforter especially in times of 'depression' and 'melancholy'
@voldrox (7205)
• India
26 Feb 10
hi wolfie34, 80s pop are great to listen to, although i don't much listen to them i can say they have something different in them, it would be great to be able to know the lyrics and sing along with your favourite tracks, i too do it when no one is around hehe, or sometimes if i am excited about something i could be singing in the bathroom as well., when i listen to some song for the first time i tend to catch the progression of the instruments, especially drums and bass, these two instruments i am particular about when listening to a song that interests me and then comes the lyrics, and if i find i can relate the song to myself somehow then it is pretty cool but it doesn't happen often, music is attracts most of us i guess :) .. anyways, have a good day.
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
24 Feb 10
I gotta say that the melody catches my attention first, and then that would lead me to listen to the lyrics very well. I like the song if it's beautiful both in the rhythm/melody and lyrics.
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
26 Feb 10
hi mjcookie, it was what most of us love, a good song with good music and nice lyrics i tend not to pay much attention to the lyrics when i listen to some song for the first time but if i begin to like it the next time i would dig in :) and there are some songs where i love the music but don't understand the language i still listen to them. .. good day.
@charmeyn (83)
• Philippines
24 Feb 10
Music with good melody, beat and rhythm catches my attention but still, I pay more attention to the lyrics of the song. :) I love songs with good lyrics. Those lyrics that I can relate to. Sometime I feel that those songs are made for me. :))
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
26 Feb 10
hi charmeyn, nice to know, well some people love songs which they can relate themselves to, i don't have such many songs which i could think of but yeah it is true we would be listening to such songs so often, there was some song i liked for it's lyrics and i put it on repeat and don't know how many times it played. .. well that is not the case most of the time, anyways have fun :) .. good day.
@jambi462 (4598)
• United States
24 Feb 10
I enjoy electronica and trance style music,IDM, down-tempo, trip-hop and anything related to that because the music is generally pretty awesome. It takes a pretty good electronic artist for me to listen to them because I'm also a really big fan of metal. When it's a metal band that I'm listening to or a band that has a vocalist then the lyrics have to be good or I generally can't listen to the band. There are way too many bands out there that have good music but there singer completely ruins it.
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
26 Feb 10
hi jambi426 i generally don't listen to much of electronica and trance but i have to agree there are some pretty awesome songs out there and they make me wanna listen to it repeatedly, a sort of transition from one phase to another, now metal well yes you are right, the singer is important coz metal bands can be all good but the vocalist has to keep up as well. good day.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
24 Feb 10
I pay a lot of attention to the lyrics, but I like a variety of music, too. I like music from the 40s some, 50s the most, 60s some and then after that, not as much. I like some rock, some country, some blue grass, some jazz, some blues, but no metal unless I'm really, really angry about somethingand I'd like to do something drastic. I think Spike Jones is a riot, and some of the others that write funny stuff to music is a lot of fun.
@voldrox (7205)
• India
24 Feb 10
interesting selection writersedge, some metal songs are like an outlet for the emotion especially anger, lyrics build up the meaning the song and music forms the structure of the song. good day.
• China
24 Feb 10
Usually I'm catched by music instead of lyricsI prefer soft and gentle melody. And it always move me deeply. When I listen to them, I'm attracted by melody. In another word, sometimes it's a little difficult to catch lyrics.
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
24 Feb 10
it is the same with me and with most of us i guess, each of us have a different taste, lyrics we usually catch later after the music has got our attention. good day.
@reneezoso (393)
• India
24 Feb 10
well gud morning ma sweet frnd :P :P well i dont really go into the lyrics... if d music is gud and beats makin me high.. den whateva mayb the language i m gonna listen to it until i get over it. ... or d music makes me sick. .. lately i have been listening to avial - nada nada.. . donna weat dat means ... but theres a sudden energy in the song that keeps me kickin .... and i love it :):) MUSic is wat i value more than lyrics... happy mylotting :)
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
24 Feb 10
hi renee, same with me, i love that song too :) the music beats it out right?! happy mylotting you too. good day.
@vlws123 (65)
• Malaysia
24 Feb 10
Music 1st... but some songs are nice even without the music..
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
24 Feb 10
the credits should go to the vocals in that case friend, good day.
24 Feb 10
Definitely the music, every time. Get the right beat, the right sound and the music can take you away.
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
24 Feb 10
yup, you are right friend. nice day.
• United States
24 Feb 10
i like to listen to the music, i never really pay attendtion to the lyrics.. but i think i should sometimes.. if the song has a good melody and its catchy i love it no matter what it saids.than as time passes by and i realize what the song reallly means i laugh at myself, most songs these day dont have much morals
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
24 Feb 10
hehe.. similar to me, i don't pay much attention to the lyrics, not much really when i listen to a new song, the music catches my attention, yeah it could be funny if the song meant something we were not expecting. .. good day.
@esjosh (915)
• India
24 Feb 10
The music first and as the beginning of almost each songs starts with Music and if that music is not ear friendly then who will listen to the words!!!
@voldrox (7205)
• India
24 Feb 10
yup.. you are right, that does catch our attention but i have to wonder there are some songs i don't care to know the meaning of the song, the music drives me crazy. .. anyways, good day.
@angelajoy (1839)
• Philippines
24 Feb 10
This is a good question. What catches my attention first is the music itself. When I like the music I will then listen closely to the lyrics to see if it's also good. If the lyrics are not good, I don't bother with that music anymore. Even though the quality of the music catches my attention first, for me the music and the lyrics should both be good.
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
24 Feb 10
definitely what most of would love, good music and good lyrics, well music catches our attention first, if i find the music very good i like to listen to it, i listen to some of the psychedelic rock, i don't pay attention to all the lyrics but i do love the musicality, one example i listen to porcupine tree.. anyways lyrics make out the meaning of the song and is also equally important, good day.
@junil_jk (498)
• India
24 Feb 10
for me too its music first. i listen to the guitar most avidly because i'm crazy about the instrument and i play it too(though i'm still learning to play on my own). lyrics, of course, catch up later. even i don't listen to hip hop, trance, etc, kind of music. i listen mostly to rock music as a whole.
@voldrox (7205)
• India
24 Feb 10
hi there, keep up the good work you will rock! .. even i learned playing drums mostly on my own and then i used to follow some of the video tutorials, the weak point about learning drums is that it is huge and noisy! anyways .. i guess you find nothing interesting in hip hop, trance and all kinds of music, even me!... good day.