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I tend to find song lyrics, tones of music etc. really hit me super hard. I'm curious to know how others feel?

So a couple of songs to add to this: Oceanlab - Breaking Ties

Randy Boyer & Eric Tadla feat. Dan Sanfilippo - Alive (HeatBeat Mix)

(Sorry, I'm an old-school DJ) But I do want input. I find music really hits me hard, and that's actually OK. So hit me with your songs.

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[–] [email protected] 6 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago) (5 children)

Controversial take, but probably makes sense since I majored in classical performance. I get teased all the time, I don't listen to lyrics basically at all, often don't even listen to the words until a 3rd or 4th listen. Zero in on the bass / harmony, then percussion, and then maybe the words.

IMO, storytelling through music can be even deeper without relying on words to explain it. Something like Mingus usually hits me way harder emotionally: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9FzSSGTufQ

[–] [email protected] 2 points 3 months ago

Agreed. My wife is always like “wtf are you listening to” because she listens to the words. I can basically sing along to an entire song and have absolutely no clue what it’s about. I generally pay less than zero attention to the words. It’s all about the music to me.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 3 months ago

I don't listen to lyrics basically at all

Not even to hear Oscar Peterson sing along as he plays?

[–] vynlwombat 1 points 3 months ago

Me too. I really enjoy music but don't care about lyrics unless I'm really into a song. The voice is important though, I love the sounds a voice adds to a composition. Bass, harmony, percussion. All that speaks to me more than the words.

[–] agent_flounder 1 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

I didn't major in musical anything but approach music very much like you.

Totally agree that there's a level of communication through music that goes beyond words. With you on jazz. Classical, too. I'll throw out Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 ("From the New World"). Hits me like a freight train every time, as one of myriad examples.

[–] jenny_ball 1 points 3 months ago