I’m pretty picky when it comes to music, but for weird reasons. I adore hard rock (some would say metal) bands, alternative, pop, and world music bands alike as long as they meet the following rules:
- Audible and intelligible lyrics (I get quite annoyed by songs that aren’t articulate enough for me to hear the lyrics, forcing me to go look lyrics up online)
- Lyrics that I relate to and/or are fantastic pieces of poetry that truly capture what they’re trying to get across (examples: Once soundtrack, Aqualung’s first CD, Relient K’s MmHmm, Simon and Garfunkel)
- No long solos. OAR and jam bands are not my style.
- Sometimes catchiness and beat, but not necessarily. This is lower on the priority list than lyrics, but if a song has can’t get it out of your head catchiness or an awesome beat I sometimes make an exception from the lyrics rules.
- If I already love a band, and a song on their new CD has unintelligible lyrics, I will be disappointed, but still love the band. If, however, their once-poetic lyrics are now all cliches, I show no mercy. (i.e. the new Aqualung CD… a couple good songs but mostly eww)
- Very little swearing. It’s not that it offends me, it’s just that it makes the song seem less like a work of art and more vulgar and ugly.
What makes music “good” for you?
Mychal will now respond with a six-page essay, and that will just be the abstract for his thesis someday.