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    Default Do you focus on the music or the lyrics?

    I've heard before that Intuitors focus on the lyrics more whereas Sensors focus on the music itself. Personally I have always placed more importance on the melody, chord progressions etc; most lyrics seem to me like poorly written poetry and are usually quite basic in their use of expressing meaning verbally. If it was words I was after, surely I'd just read a book?

    So: music or lyrics, and do you think it has anything to do with functions/type at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite Bubble View Post
    I've heard before that Intuitors focus on the lyrics more whereas Sensors focus on the music itself. Personally I have always placed more importance on the melody, chord progressions etc; most lyrics seem to me like poorly written poetry and are usually quite basic in their use of expressing meaning verbally. If it was words I was after, surely I'd just read a book?

    So: music or lyrics, and do you think it has anything to do with functions/type at all?
    I focus more on lyrics (particularly if they're weird/imaginative, unusual in some way). That's why I like Joanna Newsom so much. I'm not a big fan of music generally though; I could live without it. It's very rare a piece of music makes me go Wow!

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    I definitely focus on the music. However, a song can't be great unless it has both good music and good lyrics.
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    I focus on the music. The lyrics are just a feature of the melody for me, unless I consciously try to ‘hear’ them. They could be in a foreign language because it's sound and not syntax for me.
    I have played in many bands, and something I have noticed, related to this, is that I can’t remember a tune by the title. I just don’t connect things that way. If I hear the first chord and a little bit of the rhythm, then I can tell what’s next. But telling me the title won’t remind me of anything. I’ve met a few others who think this way too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite Bubble View Post
    I've heard before that Intuitors focus on the lyrics more whereas Sensors focus on the music itself. Personally I have always placed more importance on the melody, chord progressions etc; most lyrics seem to me like poorly written poetry and are usually quite basic in their use of expressing meaning verbally. If it was words I was after, surely I'd just read a book?

    So: music or lyrics, and do you think it has anything to do with functions/type at all?
    I pay attention to both. Lyrics can be more or less limiting, depending on the author, but overall the combination's a package deal I absorb.
    I'm doubtful this has much to do with typology. Possibly more to do with learning style, perhaps?
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    The music by a long shot.
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    Music first definitely. If it's unpleasant but has great lyrics, I still don't want to hear it.
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    I focus on the music to the point that even when I know the words I really just know the sounds. Sometimes I'll sing some old song I listen to a bunch and realize I don;t really know what it's about at all because the lyrics have never seeped into my brain. But I do really like voices...just voices a sounds more than as communicating some narrative. I like ambiguous lyrics, lots of riffing, gospel back up. I prefer singers with idiosyncratic or rough/wailing voices compares to more "beautiful" "diva" type singers.

    Like someone else mentioned I also listen to a lot of non English music and it's just them same to me.

    My ESFJ friend is very focused on the narrative of the music. Maybe it's an E/I divide.

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    I'm an intuitive, and I pay far more attention to the music. If lyrics are particularly good, I will enjoy them, but dumb lyrics don't bother me at all...if they did, I couldn't listen to most of the music I do.
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    That's a tough call for me... I'd say I enjoy the melody a lot more when I can understand the lyrics (I often have to look them up, though), but I also really like purely instrumental stuff, particularly VG tracks.
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