What should music be about?

Bjarki

Registered Member
#1
What are your favourite (lyrical) themes in music?
Are there any you don't like?


I generally dislike love-songs.. or these girl power-thingies you see on MTV (but I guess that's normal for a guy).

Of the music I actually listen to I'm not particular fond of the workers ethics in classic rock songs.. you know, about the booze and the relationships that don't really go your way :shifteyes:

I also dislike the superficial 'love for everything'-mumbo jumbo in new age music, it's so cheesy..
And the gore and porno-themes in some heavy metal. :shake:
Politics are also a real turn-off for me. Either I disagree with the views (and thus feel annoyed) or because it's too down to earth (I prefer fantasy).


My favourite themes are culture & history, mysticism and the occult, fantasy, war, nature, solitude and anger/hatred. Quite the bombastic stuff. :cool:
 

Shwa

Gay As Fuck
V.I.P.
#3
There are lots of things music should mean to the listener and the artist, what you're pretty much describing is that you just like classical or instrumental music really. Which is fine, but it tends to get old all the time.

Today's music has to do with everything, being hurt or breaking out from love, finding a new love or just feeling good about yourself that you wanna express it to everyone.

~Shwa
 

Bliss

Sally Twit
#4
I like meaningful lyrics - not songs where someone is just listing a bunch of women he wants to sleep with (Mambo No. 5). I am not a fan of love songs unless they are acoustic as that works really well. I love nothing more than the sound of an acoustic guitar and a wonderful voice singing wonderful lyrics.
 

ysabel

/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
#5
I like when the lyrics tell a story, instead of just simply an expression of feelings. Some songs are more meaningful for me when they send a message that I agree with or that made me reflect.

However, I don't think there has to be a "should be". Music is better with the artistic license.

And there are songs I enjoy because of other things like the instrumentation or beat, that I don't care much what it really says in the lyrics. I assume some others feel the same way about music. That could explain why something like "Mmm Bop" becomes a big hit. :lol:
 

wooly

I am the woolrus
#6
Like any art form music can be about anything. Some songs are about love, some songs tell a story, some songs are about absolutely nothing! The list is endless really.

I guess the only lyrical themes that come to mind that i'd probably dismiss are guys singing about "all the ho's in the club" and girls singing about how they're gonna.... generally act like sluts. It's hard to see that as an art form!
 
#7
I like when the lyrics tell a story, instead of just simply an expression of feelings. Some songs are more meaningful for me when they send a message that I agree with or that made me reflect.
This. I love a good story in the lyrics. Probably why Bob Dylan is one of my favourites, so so good at writing.

I don't really have a favourite 'theme' but I do like it when you can interpret a song a number of different ways. Probably why David Bowie is one of my favourites :D
 
#8
I generally like a piece of music that focus more on the instrumentation and atmosphere, than on the Lyrics and vocals. I see lyrics as the aid of the work, not as the main part of it.

What are your favourite (lyrical) themes in music?
Are there any you don't like?


I generally dislike love-songs.. or these girl power-thingies you see on MTV (but I guess that's normal for a guy).

Of the music I actually listen to I'm not particular fond of the workers ethics in classic rock songs.. you know, about the booze and the relationships that don't really go your way :shifteyes:

I also dislike the superficial 'love for everything'-mumbo jumbo in new age music, it's so cheesy..
And the gore and porno-themes in some heavy metal. :shake:
Politics are also a real turn-off for me. Either I disagree with the views (and thus feel annoyed) or because it's too down to earth (I prefer fantasy).


My favourite themes are culture & history, mysticism and the occult, fantasy, war, nature, solitude and anger/hatred. Quite the bombastic stuff. :cool:
Out of all the Metal bands I've listened to (And I've listened to quite a lot of them), only a very small few of them have had lyrics about gore and shit.
 

Bjarki

Registered Member
#9
I generally like a piece of music that focus more on the instrumentation and atmosphere, than on the Lyrics and vocals. I see lyrics as the aid of the work, not as the main part of it.
An atmosphere has a particular theme to it as well.

Out of all the Metal bands I've listened to (And I've listened to quite a lot of them), only a very small few of them have had lyrics about gore and shit.
Depends on the genre really. There's some heavy metal bands like Cannibal Corpse and pretty much all of the grindcore-stuff.
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There are lots of things music should mean to the listener and the artist, what you're pretty much describing is that you just like classical or instrumental music really. Which is fine, but it tends to get old all the time.

Today's music has to do with everything, being hurt or breaking out from love, finding a new love or just feeling good about yourself that you wanna express it to everyone.

~Shwa
No no, that's not what i'm describing. Like I said I'm into genres like classical rock and new age, despite not-liking some of the themes they sing/make music about.

It's true that today's pop music is mostly about love, relationships and generally feel-good songs. But that is in no way representative of the entire music industry.
 
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