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Do you enjoy finding out an artist's true meaning behind a song?
If you really love a song, do you seek out the artist’s story behind it? Some artists don’t like to elaborate because a song can be interpreted in so many ways and mean different things to different people. Sometimes knowing the true meaning behind a song can ruin it for the listener. For example if you interpret a song to be about a person's significant other and it turns out the artist wrote it for their mother.
I enjoy finding out an artist's true meaning behind a song. For example, Aerosmith got the idea for his song "Walk this way" from the movie "Young Frankenstein".
I do like finding out the true meaning, even if it does ruin the song for me. Sometimes I follow the true meaning, but there are times when I keep my own thoughts because it makes the song happier, sadder, more true to me.
I am always curious to know the story behind the song lyrics of artists. Some song lyrics can have many different meanings and it all depends on the listeners and how they interpret them. Sometimes an artist means one thing and we see it as something entirely different. I wish all artists would put up video blogs or written blogs about the meanings and stories behind each of their song lyrics... but I haven't seen that done that much.
No - for me music is all about the music, the melody, rhythm, etc . . . my feeling is if you have something to say, write an essay or make a speech, etc. This is why I've always hated the protest song era of Folk music - Yes, I agree, racism is evil, it would be great if there was no war, and if we unite and fight (whatever) the cause we may do some good - but just because you say in in rhyme while strumming some guitar chords doesn't mean it's good music.
If a genuine artist is singing something like "I love you" or "I've lost you" that could add beauty and meaning to the music being played - but I've never liked the sing-a-long approach to "let's all form a labor union" . . . for me, music is art not social commentary or activism, and it's not background noise for partying. Again, for me, it's all about the music.
I've loved songs for 40 years and I couldn't tell you what the lyrics are or what the song is about - again, if you have something to say, write an essay or make a speech and leave music to be music, not to advance a social agenda, but to be music that's beautiful to listen to.
Yes, sometimes I would like to hear from the artists themselves what the song means to them. For instance, the Beatles' "Let It Be": some people insist that the song is about marijuana, some give it a more spiritual meaning, like Holy Mary. Personally I believe that it is about his own mother whose name was Mary, just like my name. ))
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