January 11, 2011

Music Flavor Profile: Gourmet Dining as Meaning

Gourmet Dining as Meaning: An essential ingredient for a full-flavored song.

There's a difference between eating because you haven't in 5 hours, and eating intentionally. The difference between good food and merely filling your gut.

I know a lot people listen to music and don't pay any attention to the lyrics. I remember someone arguing with me that if Dave Matthews voice was replaced with a keyboard, nothing would change.

As a writer, I contest this. I believe in the power of words. I am grateful for the emotions stirred by certain songs, such as "Strong Weakness" by Village Thrift, embedded above.

Now, this isn't to say that instrumental songs are void of meaning. Or that we should simply put background music behind the world's greatest poetry. But, we should search for that synergy. The merging of lyric and song. Into something bigger.

Because if you're not going to say anything, just shut up.