But anyway the little fire-starter that I wanted to throw out there is this question: Do you listen to music for the musical aspect (chords, unique sounds) or more for the lyrics?? I really do wanna hear peoples opinions out there and I wanna pick ur brains about it!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
So in my journeys through life, I find that music has had a huge huge influence on well everything. Personally I dig the tones of the classics from Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, to Eric Clapton, to BB King, even obscure stuff like Steve Morse or Jimmy Smith. Well anyway I got to thinking while sitting in my living room listening to the crap that I feel music has been degraded to all the while thinking to myself, "Self, what makes my friends think this stuff is so great?" I was thinking about it as well as sporadically chatting about what is going thru their heads. Well anyways it came out that they, along with a great deal of others, are really digging the lyrics to these songs. After digesting that gem of information, I realized that I really truly felt that was a crappy reason to listen for music. Go to a coffee shop and listen to poetry or read Shakespeare. But then I realized that was very narrow-minded and that it is possible that may be the new direction of music. I saw that I was listening to the classics and enjoying the songs that were different. By different I mean that they all used very very very unique sounding chords. In today's music I find that when you're listening to a song and hear a different chord that really sticks out in your mind, in reality it is usually a relatively simple chord but sounds so neat because it is placed in the middle of a (musically) run of the mill song with minimal chord changes and the basic verse chorus verse chorus bridge blah that it is the standard in today's music. This is in contrast to the ridiculous augmented ninths with a flat fifth and flat fourth chords that were used to make some really powerful sounds in the classic days of Steely Dan or Pink Floyd...
Posted by Steve-o at 12:28 PM