I have a habit of talking to myself. Nobody would ever know because it’s an internal dialogue, but it does sometimes surprise me as to where it goes! I listen to a lot of music, but recently I started analyzing why I love specific performances… and so the internal dialogue started! Given the various components of music, my initial thought as to what draws me in was…
Probably the lyrics, because I love lines that express an emotion or a sentiment that I can relate to, but then… there are songs I love which are sung in a language I do not understand.
It’s still probably the lyrics, because even if I don’t understand them I can probably guess a context based on the song’s arrangement, but then… there are songs I love which have disturbing lyrics (which I don’t like).
It must be the voice, because I love warm but demonstrative vocal tones, but then… there are voices that are rather gravely/raspy and recording songs that I love.
It really must be the voice because of my love of a broad range of vocal tones, but then… I do love some instrumentals which negates all the prior possibilities.
It must be the instruments because I love most musical instruments, especially key boards and strings, but then… they can sometimes produce an unpleasant cacophony of sound.
It has to be the melody, because the melody can move me through various emotions and only needs a voice and/or an instrument to produce its magic, but then… I love some percussion pieces.
It must be my mood at the time, because that must surely influence my response to whatever I am listening to… but does that mean that for a piece to appeal to me, I have to be in a receptive mood at the moment of listening to it? This is getting very complicated! Just thinking.