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Lyrics and your music listening habits

post #1 of 8
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I've noticed how, when I listen to music, I base whether I like it or not based on how I vibe with it, if you know what I mean. I find myself not really listening to the lyrics of pretty much any music besides hip hop. I kinda can't really unless I'm specifically listening to music by itself, which I'm totally not averse to, I just don't have the time to at this point in my life.

 

For instance, I'm listening to Eric Clapton - Unplugged on Spotify and liking it, but I've barely listened to one word of the lyrics since I've been reading and browsing here alongside. I still notice his vocals though and vibe with their sound, and I like the strum of guitar in general, so I'm liking the music, I'm "vibing" to it. I mean, I know I'm probably missing out on a bit, but hey I'd listen to the lyrics if I were in a listening session, I mean I'll hear them at some point, and it's not like I'll begin to dislike the album after hearing the lyrics.

 

Thoughts? Am I alone in this? Is this a bad listening habit? Just looking for some other people's 2 cents, and also wondering if I'm just crazy or if this is just common practice when multitasking with music.

post #2 of 8

I don't believe youre alone when it comes to this. I don't think youre losing interest in your songs, but perhaps you could be looking for something "new" to your ears. I would not consider this to be a bad habit either just because i tend to be like you... it's just the way we listen/perceive the music.

 

post #3 of 8

I don't think you're alone. Browsing the web and reading makes it virtually impossible to focus on the lyrics in music. If you are reading, your mind is focused on what you are reading, not the lyrical content of the music.

 

It's like two people talking at the same time. The music can be a very enjoyable experience going on in the background, but the human mind is not very capable of deciphering two sets of "lyrics" at the same time.

 

If you are reading, you are reading. Music can be very satisfying while you are reading, and I think one's mind is able to jump temporarily over to the music and it's lyrics to get the feel of the mood and the content, but it quickly must re-focus on the reading if the reading is to continue.

 

I think reading and listening to music are an excellent combination. However, I think the human mind alternates focus between one or the other when it comes to reading and lyrics. It's easy to enjoy music while reading. It's much more difficult to seriously interpret the lyrics that are contained in music while reading at the same time. 

post #4 of 8
You're not alone in this. First of all, like others mentioned, it's really hard to focus on the lyrics and other info such as the Internet or books.

There are also people who just doesn't care to much about the lyrics. I listen to lots of Japanese music and I don't understand most of them at all, but I still enjoy it. I once thought that I could be losing interest in the music I'm listening, so I switched to some English rock and some Chinese Pop, but I still didn't really care about the lyrics unless I'm trying to sing it. I even listen to Eminem Rap a lot, I remember the lyrics simply because I like the "feel" of it. I've never taken my time to think about its meaning.

I think I came across a poll about the importance of lyrics and lots of people(including me) said lyrics didn't matter at all.
post #5 of 8

i tend to have 3 levels of listening:

 

music+activity:i just go with the vibe of the music

 

music+wait(walking, bus rides...):then i zone out and listen to vocals, excellent time for hip-hop as i can focus on lyrics, its too noisy for metal/rock to give the instruments a serious listen

 

music+video of performers:they got my complete attention, i listen to everything and can appreciate more of the talent that puts out the music i listen too

post #6 of 8

This is an interesting topic, I haven't really thought much about the importance of lyrics in my music. I guess that means to me, the things that get more of my attention are the melodies and rhythms, the instruments used, the musicianship and the atmosphere created. The lyrics then contribute to these qualities.

post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by MDCLXVI View Post

This is an interesting topic, I haven't really thought much about the importance of lyrics in my music. I guess that means to me, the things that get more of my attention are the melodies and rhythms, the instruments used, the musicianship and the atmosphere created. The lyrics then contribute to these qualities.

I think that's a great way to describe it. I do listen to hip-hop, and when I do I'm usually sitting back intently focused on the lyrics (I like good beats too) and soul of the song, basically what you said but reversed. Otherwise, I think what you said describes my listening perfectly.

post #8 of 8

i've listened to music where the lyrics are undistinguishable (is that a word?) like death metal and/or black metal, for so long that i have forgotten even how to listen to the lyrics. one of my good friends is real into hip hop and music based around lyrics and vocals, but when i listen to his music i cannot concentrate on the vocals. then my one friend is all like "dude that was a sick line" and im all like "dude i was listening to the music" .. so basically i cant listen to any music that driven by the vocals because i just seem to never pay attention to them.

 

So, i hope that response was relevant and the type of input the OP was looking for. Im really tired at work this morning and if you saw workaholics last night, i totally feel like adam

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