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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] 7 points 3 months ago (1 children)

Absolutely. It’s why the nonsense crap with no message/story really irritates me.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 3 months ago (1 children)

I hate to say it, but it feels like an affront because you don't get 'x'?

[–] [email protected] 2 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago) (2 children)

Don’t get what? Like WAP, why do I want to hear about your WAP unless we’re face to face or about to be?

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

Oh you wanna hear about my WAP? My WAP is in your face! Suck it up!

[–] Pronell 1 points 3 months ago (1 children)

Sounds like WAP affected you!

I get it though, it isn't really a good song. It's shock value and comedy as much as it is music.

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

Can’t say I ever made it through the whole song lol

[–] [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.

[–] 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.

[–] 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.

[–] jenny_ball 1 points 3 months ago
[–] [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?

[–] Pronell 3 points 3 months ago (1 children)

Definitely.

I love a song with a story, but even without that melodies and interesting use of instruments can bring tears to my eyes or give me goosebumps.

One that qualifies in multiple ways is XTC's The Last Balloon.

Specifically when the vocals fade into the horn, which works with the theme of the song and is also just haunting to me.

[–] [email protected] 3 points 3 months ago (1 children)

A big one for me is Oceanlab - Breaking Ties

Lots of history there with an ex... But it's all valid too (if that makes sense)

[–] Pronell 1 points 3 months ago

That's a great melody!

[–] MisterMcBolt 2 points 3 months ago (1 children)

I almost exclusively listen to lyrical music. I am often greatly affected by the poetry and themes in the songs I enjoy. The sound of music alone does little for me, and I have a particular aversion to heavy beats, bass, and repetition. Put simply, I love ballads, particularly folk, filk, and anything that focuses on storytelling. I can’t stand most pop, rap, hip-hop, and the like.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 3 months ago (1 children)

So for you you're much more just on the vocal side? Or a mix of vocal and rhythm?

[–] MisterMcBolt 2 points 3 months ago

For me, rhythm serves the vocals. A great and memorable rhythm can enhance and complement the lyrics. A rhythm without vocals doesn’t really catch my interest.

[–] jwelch55 2 points 3 months ago (1 children)

This song has been hitting me the last few days, not sure if it's the tones of the melody, or the vocals, but I can't get it out of my head.

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=RDjEcDeP8X6-s&playnext=1&si=FceeNFJbeGsPTSKl

[–] [email protected] 2 points 3 months ago (1 children)

Oh wow so many flashbacks on this one...

[–] jwelch55 2 points 3 months ago (1 children)

Also just wanted to add, oceanlab is easily making it into my repeat listening list, appreciate the share.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 3 months ago (1 children)

So Oceanlab is Above and Beyond with Justine Suissa (who is amazing). But yeah as a group sans-Justine they are also very much melodic and generally vocal trance.

[–] agent_flounder 1 points 3 months ago

ABGT fan by any chance? I've listened to many impactful songs on their show over the last few years.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

There's a ton of songs that really affect me, some it's hard to between the music itself and just the memories associated with it. There's some that I would guess are more-or-less universal like Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Father & Son or Aphex Twin - Avril 14th.

Shpongle -I Woke Up as a Shlummutz ~1:40 when the cello(?) comes in really hits me for some reason.

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

Depends on how stoned I am.