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Saturday, November 15, 2008

 

Songs again...

I was thinking which aspect of the song, attracts one the most?
1. Lyrics
2. Music
3. Singer
4. Video(probably if the first you saw it was on a video)

To me, I feel I first get attracted to 2. but what keeps me really liking it forever, is the lyrics. I have esp noticed with tamil songs, the only songs I carry in my favorite list for years, are only due to lyrics. Good song writers definitely have a way to evoke some kind of good feeling I guess.

Only few songs seem to have both good lyrics and music. I feel thats bcos good music most often dominates good lyrics, so it might fall into the 'good music' category(esp in the beginning),. Unfortunately that means, some good lyrics songs will never be discovered if the music was horrible.
So does it mean a good musician might suppress the good lyrics guy due to grabbing your attention more to the music than the lyrics? Singer's voice doesnt seem to suppress either, but never seem to stand out. Its always subtle. For eg: we all agree that X is a good singer, but will have a hard time, identifying the best of his/her songs. Different people might give different list(I've rarely heard someone say they like the song bcos of the singer, its either music or lyrics) But I dont think that would be the case with song writers, there are clear winners among thier own work.
I think singers achieve thier purpose when the listeners don't pay attention to the voice, but to the flow of the song/lyrics. I guess that makes them less appreciated unfortunately (on a per song basis).

Regd video, I've definitely liked some songs just because of the video, but the fact that I cant recollect them in 1min, says probably it doesnt matter as much as opposed to what I thought otherwise earlier when I started the post.

Just like a song, the 4 points(=people characteristics) can be also equated to people I guess. I leave that as an exercise to the reader:)

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I'm in favor of good lyrics all the time. When coupled with good music, its a treat. But about singers, there are a few songs that stand out because of the effort of the singer. One of them is Mannil Indha Kaadal from Keladi Kanmani. It was awesomely sung by SPB. Trust me, I still haven't 'heard' the lyrics because his singing captivates me every time I listen to the song. I'm sure most other singers would have botched that song. So, I would say that it depends on the song. And yeah, I'm yet to be wowed by a song just for its video. :D Good post!
 
good post...for me, it is just music...I have never cared for lyrics.
 
@alpine,
yeah. but i guess the song you are talking about is more of an exception.
Im still trying to think whats the "best song" of KJ or Illayaraja(among the ones I've heard) and its hard for me to pick. In terms of quality they look the same to me.

@vijay,
Yeah, I guess probably thats bcos you play/compose music definitely you pay attention to appreciate(or not appreciate) the intricacies whereas to somebody like me I wouldn't notice anything. Its like if you bring a cook to your home, the first thing he would enquire is abt kitchen (well bad analogy but you get the point) :).
 
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