I write a Column about Global "Indie" Music. Some of the best performed and most compelling Music and/or Bands may not always or ever sing in English, though more do than US Bands singing in a foreign Language. Some of the best vocals I've heard recently, are by a Band known as "TYR". They are in Finnish, are as impeccable as they are not understandable. However, in their video context-you will most likely get the "jist".
Thanks for TYR - listening to them now and am falling deeply in love. Its probably a good thing I have no idea what they are saying altho I get an idea of what they are singing ABOUT - booking a flight to Finland tomorrow.
Yes I keep doing that most of the times and it is actually quite entertaining.Time and again I learn a song has been copied(inspired)from another language and that arouses my curiousity to see hat the original was like.At other times I listen to a song simply because of the beats it has or the way it has been picturised even though I don't understand the lingo.
As a matter of fact I've seen several regional language films n enjoyed them thoroughly even without sub-titles even though the language is alien to me. I strongly feel that good music or a good film transcends languages and reaches the core of the heart with thier genuine sincerity.
I do that quite often actually, there is an appeal to other languages I think. French is obviously a beautiful language and I have actually enjoyed rapping in french and rap music is not really my thing. I have a bunch of dessert music and the singing is in one of the middle eastern languages, Farsi I think. The different language adds a level of mystery to the music and you can imagine it means what ever it inspires.
I really like listening to foreign music. For me its mostly in German and Japanese, which I partly understand. I like listening to it because the music expresses the general theme of the song, and I love the mystery of trying to figure out what its about. Its also fun to think you hear English words in there ^_^
I love the Gipsy Kings. My understanding is that they are from the South of France but sing in Spanish language. A good friend of mine, who is from Mexico, says she has difficulty understanding them. Whatever language they are singing in, especially in the case of their many love songs, I think it’s delicious.
As Choke referred to re: English words, the Gipsy Kings sing My Way (popularized by Sinatra), and that part comes out in English.
I also have a few Turkish and Arabic songs I really liked while living in Turkey. A friend used to have several albums by a young German boy. The boy’s voice was so rich and those songs were beautiful.
I have some Latin music on my ipod. The Spanish language seems so passionate, but of course, I have no clue what the words are saying. I love to dance to Latin music as well...salsa, cha cha, casino rueda...LOVE TO SHAKE MY BOOTY!
I grow up on music from around the world my mom owned a bar on the water front and we had songs form all most every where on the jukebox and now my husband is from Morocco and he plays music from from all over allso.
Hi! yes, I was also a kid at that time ... Perhaps a bit too young to understand the connotations, but I was around. Later I appreciated it for its sensuality. I've heard that the lyrics are actually quite innocent -- which is why it sounds so good (to our ears) in French.
For me, song lyrics can often disappoint and spoil an otherwise great tune. When they're sung in an unknown language they can't ruin it, and with some languages that just sound great anyway (Spanish, Italian, or French for example)you can imagine your own story. Never look up the translated lyrics though, too risky!
I very often listen to and even sing music in languages in which I am not fluent. If I sing them, of course I have to understand at the very least the gist, and in memorization, I spend a lot of time on the words, so I end up more or less understanding them in the context of the song anyway.
I generally prefer to understand or make an effort to get the gist of the lyrics even when casually listening out of the habits I established as a music student.
However, there are cases when I've had song lyrics translated and decided I enjoyed the music more before I knew what the lyrics meant. Rammstein comes to mind.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't music, per say, international and only the lyrics geared to a particular language? Do-ray-me is written the same way in every language, be it English, Russian, German, etc.
Actually, it's not true. Not all nationalities use the diatonic "do-re-mi" scales, and musical notation has not been the same throughout history, nor is it exactly the same across cultures and nationalities. Some music, like from India, is nearly impossible to transcribe accurately with western musical notation.
All the time - because I love not having to know the 'exact' words and I can just sing along and enjoy the music....I love music but sometimes having to think so hard or listen so intently to the exact words is difficult! My favs are Latino and Italian - but love others too - to me it is about the beat, the 'feel' of the piece and what listening to it makes me happy or sad or whatever. It is like listening to instrumental music without knowing the words - or picking up words here and there and going to search them out and find out what they mean.
I think 70% of the songs I listen to are in different languages...French, Russian, Japanese, German, Italian (I understand). So much good music around the world why not? I learn the lyrics to the song and their meaning eventually so it means more.
Yes, I listen to Spanish and Latin sounds as well as Arabic music. One other language is Thai. They have good music. There is always something from the "soul" of the sounds that will reach to your "soul".
Often! Simply because I find listening to English-language songs only limits musical perspective. I LOVE the fact that you can hear a myriad of styles and rhythms from all over the world. Makes life more spicy!
Sure do. Truly good music will carry you places whether you understand the language or not. Josh Grobin is a good example. He's not really my cup of tea but for some reason I have no trouble listening to him in Italian which I can't speak a word of.
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