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  • The lyrics-- if they aren't meaningful, then what's the point?

    6 46.15%
  • The sound. The best songs are the ones you can dance to!

    6 46.15%
  • The sound. The sound has to be tranquil and calm.

    6 46.15%
  • The lyrics. They have to be thought inducing, or humerus!

    1 7.69%
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    Quote Originally Posted by GarrotTheThief View Post
    When the lyrics hit hard, and the music is in a certain key with a certain chord progression, something happens in my brain where I Can run 5-10 miles, or accomplish anything. So the best music for me is the music which has a positive impact on my biology from an emotional standpoint, brings tears to my eyes, or vice versa, extreme energetic bursts of running.

    I find techno, not just for me, but for others, to be not necessarily the best music for any sort of dynamic activity for it is rigid, has little changes, and sucks the lift out of its listeners. Just an observation.

    Believe it or not...most music both in melody and rhythm is borrowed from western Africa.

    IF you listen to Ali Farka you hear blues, you hear rock, you hear swing, you hear everything...the man is amazing, but he is just one of many who produce that music.
    Music is all about emotion man. Although it cracks me
    Up that you explain it in such a logical fashion. You even put emotions logically coughENTJAFcough. Woah that is pretty cool that music came from Africa. No wonder. The whole freaking human race came from there. I get where you're coming from. And how the hell can you run 10 miles? I can only run 2!
    "...Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
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    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference."
    -The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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    Harmonising melody is my favourite aspect of music. When the tune of an instrument or vocals is really good. Though music comes in all sorts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oaky View Post
    Harmonising melody is my favourite aspect of music. When the tune of an instrument or vocals is really good. Though music comes in all sorts.
    Yeah good point

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    Does anyone listen to Nirvana and Soundgarden and grunge and rock?
    "...Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.
    I shall be telling this with a sigh
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    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mychemicalkilljoy View Post
    Soundgarden
    *ears perk*

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMMurru_M4k

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    OMG I FOUND MY PEOPLE SOUNDGARDEN IS BAE
    "...Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.
    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference."
    -The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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    Have a nice day!
    Hey! Are you trying to subliminally brainwash us into saying we're into Bon Jovi or something.
    Anyway,if I had to choose then it would be the music, but most of the times I prefer when it has both. Depends on the mood really.

    When the lyrics hit hard, and the music is in a certain key with a certain chord progression, something happens in my brain where I Can run 5-10 miles, or accomplish anything.
    I relate to this so much! When nothing else works sometimes just listening to a certain song can get me back on my feet.

    I never thought of it that way. For me, it's about lyrics and relating to the artist personally. If a song has bad lyrics, I won't listen.
    You need to like the artist first so you can like a certain song of theirs?

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    (Sorry for the long post guys.)

    I guess we're specifically talking about song-forms here.

    Because you have two distinct parts (a vocal melody and instrumental accompaniment/homophony) stylistically a song is basically a dialogue between the vocalist and instruments. It is very important for them to compliment each other. In a nutshell, the music should reflect the lyrics and vice versa. A good composer will be able to manipulate the instrumentation, pitch and dynamics of the voice, and select appropriate harmonies to evoke moods the song's lyrics are trying to impart. I also think it is important to have a defined formal structure that works with the stanzas/sections of the text. This helps make the message the song is trying to impart more coherent, and creates a strong sense of direction in the music so the listener stays focused.

    As a general rule, keep the harmonies simple and use complex chords as a contrast, in sections where there is little or no melodic movement (and/or vocals). Complex harmonies distract from the melody and lyrics. Using a lot of chords just to show the world you know about them is stupid and unartistic. A song must flow and have purpose.

    Beyond this I don't really feel like there are any things that objectively make a song good. As people on here know, I am quite fussy about how I want music to sound, and I also get really irritated with lyrics that I feel lack any real depth of meaning. But to an extent I get that my stylistic preferences are just that.

    FTR I like Classical/First Viennese School music (Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert). Yeah I'm a music snob lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daenera View Post
    Hey! Are you trying to subliminally brainwash us into saying we're into Bon Jovi or something.
    Anyway,if I had to choose then it would be the music, but most of the times I prefer when it has both. Depends on the mood really.


    I relate to this so much! When nothing else works sometimes just listening to a certain song can get me back on my feet.

    You need to like the artist first so you can like a certain song of theirs?
    Sigh. Okay, so one: my objective was never to brainwash anyone. I just care about you guys.
    Two: Not necessarily. I can hate an artist with a passion, HOWEVER, if the artist has done something horrible, like hurt someone on purpose or says lyrics to hurt anyone or defame people or hate, then I WILL NOT listen to their crap. Ok sorry I'm getting on a rant. So I guess you are right about the second part...
    "...Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.
    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference."
    -The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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    Don't annoy us further
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    Another toy will help destroy
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    Forget about your silly whim
    It doesn't fit the plan

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