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#457075 - 02/11/18 03:26 PM [Songwriting] Re: Call Me Biased [Re: Belladonna]
Belladonna Offline

Registered: 09/09/17
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Yes, I think we can all acknowledge that there are gold stars in every genre, instrumental and lyrics enhanced. No one can rain on the parade of the outstanding instrumentalists who bring such emotion and prominence to their songs. I guess what I have a hard time with is more mediocre instrumentalists who put a title to their work, which maybe is the setting that inspired them, but I don't feel it or get it. Not that it's wrong and I certainly appreciate everyone's effort to make music. It's just that an instrumental title of Rain on the Mountains or something makes me question why? I don't get that and being a lyricist I feel it's not complete and something's missing to enable me to get the complete feeling. I mainly feel that great vocals and lyrics add a lot to instrumental music, unless you are sooooo good that you don't need it like Herb Alpert, Stevie Rae Vaughn, Hendrix, etc. As a lyricist lately so appreciating the work of Jimmy Webb and Harlan Harlan, also more currently Bob Seeger, James Taylor the marriage of music and lyrics. But so nice to hear everyone's take on it. To be honest, my husband of many years confessed to me he mostly likes instrumentals and I am a dancer and gravitate towards that as a dancer. But I am a poet and love lyrics.

Edited by Belladonna (02/11/18 03:28 PM)

#457261 - 02/13/18 02:11 AM [Songwriting] Re: Call Me Biased [Re: Belladonna]
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I'm really enjoying acoustic versions of various hits (Rock, R & B, Chart Pop). They can be very refreshing and highlight good songs regardless of stylistic embellishments. As for instrumentals, apart from classical music, I'd go for Pink Floyd amongst others.
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#457306 - 02/13/18 07:06 AM [Songwriting] Re: Call Me Biased [Re: lambada]
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Originally Posted By: lambada
I'm really enjoying acoustic versions of various hits (Rock, R & B, Chart Pop). They can be very refreshing and highlight good songs regardless of stylistic embellishments. As for instrumentals, apart from classical music, I'd go for Pink Floyd amongst others.

If you enjoy classical and like Pocol Harum then you might like this version of Whiter Shade of Pale:
Yesterday I walked into a room and remembered why I was there! It was the bathroom!

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#457585 - 02/14/18 03:01 PM [Songwriting] Re: Call Me Biased [Re: Belladonna]
Belladonna Offline

Registered: 09/09/17
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Loc: Virginia
Hey Bud, Love, love, love the Allman Brothers instrumentals. Yes, it if the soul emotion can be transported to the listener, it's definitely a winner.

#461155 - 03/08/18 09:49 AM [Songwriting] Re: Call Me Biased [Re: Belladonna]
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Registered: 06/19/17
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Loc: Victoria, BC
I love both instrumentals and songs with a heavy focus on lyrics. I don't think I would ever personally choose one over the other. I think I have just as many instrumentals in my musical library as I do songs with lyrics.

For me, I find that instrumentals are just as inspiring as as songs with lyrics, but the big difference with instrumentals is that you can let your mind wander and explore the music and see what kind of imagery springs forth from it (I use instrumentals as inspiration when I do abstract paintings). I also use instrumentals as a mood adjuster.

Some of my favourite instrumentals are by Hungry Ghosts, but I also really enjoy Beyond This Moment by Patrick O'hearn. I actually put it on loop, personally. I find it really helps me to relax and helps soothe me after a long day when I can't sleep. Almost like an adult lullaby, I suppose!

But I love, love, love lyrics. You can definitely find your own meaning in lyrics as well for sure and can connect with lyrics in a way that makes you feel like someone else out there gets you, but there is usually a very specific idea or inspiration or meaning behind the lyrics that the original writer had intended. I am sure that this is also the case with some instrumentals, but I feel like there is a bit more room with an instrumental song for the self-insertion of the listener.

That's just my two cents on the subject of instrumental versus a song with lyrics, though!

Edited by Ember - PG Music (03/08/18 09:50 AM)

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