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Eric Grubbs

Thom Yorke could sing his grocery list, and I'd probably not notice. No matter who the vocalist is, the vocal tone is what I've always been affected by. Not to slight the lyrics or lyricist, but that's just me.

Kristy

I'm exactly the opposite -- lyrics are supremely important to me, and I have to be forcibly directed to pay attention to the rhythm line, so I guess I'm just treble/melody-oriented. But lyrics on their own don't interest me -- it's the way they crash together with melody. Like, I think Dylan's lyrics are incredible, but do they resonate as pure poetry on the page? I don't think so, because they were created for a melody and move in response to it.

I think this is just a roundabout way of restating your point, Michael. The two are inseparable, but I'm tuning in to the other end from you.

Lise

I guess this is why opera works for so many people. The meaning of the words seem to just take the voice from one place to another. But then someone like Leonard Cohen. Is it the voice or is it the poetry? Hard for me to decide with Leonard, if I would be able to say that his lyrics are less important than his voice.

santiago

(I'm late, sorry for that)

Here's what Sterling Morrison says about it :)
"If you’re going to rock music to learn something verbally rather than physically or viscerally, then you’re in a sad shape, baby"

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