Back in college, I tutored Korean exchange students for the university. One time, we met at a local coffee shop and one of them showed me his music player that he had delivered here from his home. He asked me to listen to a Korean pop song and told me with music it does not matter if you understand the words, as long as you can groove to the music, you are quite alright.
Well, I don’t think I’m quite alright with that really because if there’s one thing I enjoy most about music, it’s lyrics. I love songs with killer lyrics. Maybe it’s because I’m a language kind of person but songs with awesome lyrics are just very cool. I don’t mean really cryptic ones but if a song has beautiful lyrics and the singer gives it soul, I think that’s a really wonderful thing. How about you? Are you for music or lyrics?
What I Listened To Today
1. Come In From The Cold (Live in Nashville) by Mark Broussard
2. Evangeline Rose by Marc Broussard
3. Evil Things by Marc Broussard
4. Crossroads by John Mayer
5. Edge Of Desire by John Mayer
6. Daylight by Maroon 5
7. The Beat by Ben Rector
8. She Is by Ben Rector
9. Moving Backwards by Ben Rector
10. When A Heart Breaks by Ben Rector
Photo taken from here.
i really don’t know if i am a music or a lyrics person.. if it’s nice fr my ears, then it’s ok.. sorry, maybe i am getting older.. err matured..
wow, english! sophisticated ang taste mo ah? 😀
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I forgot where I heard this from, but someone once said that it doesn’t really matter what the beat or the lyrics to the song is, as long as the song takes you somewhere and it makes you feel something. Something like that. Which I thought was true. There’s this song in Japanese that I love so much it makes me smile everytime I listen to it. The song’s Hizashi No Oku from the game Bust A Groove. 🙂
it makes a lot of sense. for instance i listen to music by yiruma and it does not have any lyrics at all 😀 i’ll check out that song once i go on a computer. why do you like it?
I don’t know. Maybe because the melody’s cheerful. Or maybe it just reminds me of the days I spent playing BaG when I was younger.
Bust a Groove 🙂
what’s bust a groove?
LYRICS. I’m a 90% lyrics person. 🙂
i’m just about the same 🙂
Music and Lyrics should go along… But if I were to choose between the two, I’d pick a music if it has a beautiful lyric.
nice choice. apir!
I agree with you that lyrics are important. Many songs carry messages which often affect why we listen to a particular song at a particular point in time. However, I also agree with the opinion of the Korean student you tutored that you can enjoy a song even if you do not understand the words. For instance, although I don’t understand a single word of the songs from the Korean Band U-Kiss (except on occasion in the chorus when a couple words in English happen to be dropped), I still enjoyed the songs I listened to because of the beat, the rhythm, and the familiar aspects between that song and others of like comparison which I am used to.
A very thought provoking topic. Thanks for sharing!
i guess as long as you are enjoying a song that’s all that matters 🙂