The Music or the Lyrics?

I got to wondering what really makes an emotional, effective, song? Is it more the instrumental piece or the lyrics? Of course a bit of both is probably the best answer… but if you really had to choose between the two, what holds to be more important? There was a time when music was just chanting, and then there was a time when music was just instruments, like the harpsichord that Mozart played. Surely, that was a time when it seemed the instrumental piece was so important, because that’s actually all there was to a piece. Connecting that to modern day, hearing a catchy beat, a flowing rift, or a firing bass, can get you moving or feeling even without lyrics. On the other hand, when it comes to lyrics, most of the time people aren’t even singing the right words! So are they really that important? At the end of the day, or end of the song for that matter…yes of course they are. Music without lyrics can still be wonderful, emotional, music. But music with lyrics is like poetry brought to life. Words make a piece personal. The piece isn’t as open minded with direct lyrics, which is not a bad thing, because now the listener can directly relate to the writers feeling and not just their own.





copyright: Carly Ristuccia


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