I am always at a loss at what decides a good song? Is it the profundity of the words? Or, is it the guitar riffs?
If it is the thoughts of the singer and their impact upon the society, you may as well go read a Plato or a Noam Chomsky. On the other hand, if is the haunting music, it could be easily found in Pink Floyd.
Methinks it is the music which has the upper hand. You can marvel at the ingenuity of thoughts that Bob Dylan had put into his songs. But is his music as good as his thoughts? Crossby, Stills, Nash and Young have good words as well as good music.
What words did Beethoven or a Strauss have with their music? If we find shades of their music in many songs that are being done today, do words have anything to do with music?
I would vote for the harmony of Garfunkel's vocals with guitar, violin, piano than the thoughts of Paul Simon.
Songs are like people - they are only attractive if they can stand on their own ground... a good song doesn't have to be explained, it just has to make sense. - Lyrics don't have to be so deep and the melody/harmony doesn't have to be anything out of this world. Neither does the arrangement... but it needs to be solid and it needs to feel like all aspects of the song were made for each other. The melody, lyrics, harmony, and arrangement are all pieces of one puzzle. If a piece doesn't fit right, the puzzle won't look appealing. That's my take, at least.
I'll second that! It really is about the whole picture/puzzle. A song could have a catchy tune but the lyrics throw it way off base or the lyrics be fantastic but the base be all wrong for it. It has to have a perfect balance of all aspects in order to work.
In my opinion it is how the song makes you feel, whether it be by the music or by the lyric; the meaning of the song or at least how the listener interprets the meaning, some songs will give out different meaning dependent on the listener; your mood whilst listening to the song. Coincidentally, the artists you mention, Dylan, Floyd, CSN(Y), Simon & Garfunkel all fall into my favourites.
I'll third that.. I think it's a synergy of the many aspects of a performance. Of course, it's mainly the music. Even an instrumental piece can stand on its' own. The main appeal is a melody that you can recognize on hearing the tune again and again.
This is followed by the right kind of instrumentation and arrangement (and of course a really good performance helps) that really brings the song to life. The lyrics add yet another dimension, as well as the vocal stylings of the performer(s).
When everything is in a seemingly perfect balance, it can be magical. Of course different aspects affect each person differently, so a great song is a matter of what it means to each person.
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they didn't need words. I think some of the greatest songs have no words. it reminds me of a quote from the movie Immortal Beloved where Beethoven is defining music with his secretary Schindler. A song had just been played, and he says: “Music… what is it? I don’t understand it. What does it mean?" Schindler responds, ‘It exalts the soul.” Beethoven responds, “Utter nonsense. If you hear a marching band, is your soul exalted? No, you march. If you hear a waltz, you dance. If you hear a mass, you take communion. It is the power of music to carry one directly into the mental state of the composer. The listener has no choice. It is like hypnotism. So, now.. What was in my mind when I wrote this?”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mixnMzHU … r_embedded
I also think of the composer Hans Zimmer, his music also needs no words. I guess this music is more than a song.
I'll have to listen to that album, and more of her work. She was bound to get critisism for her remarks in that article ... they could easily be misunderstood. Billie Holiday's 'Strange Fruit' was also a poem.
Do they create a perfect balance? If there was no science with religion, what would hold religion in check to make up whatever they wanted? The same with science, if there was no religion, who would keep science from...