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What makes for great music?

By jdclyde ·
We have had many FNM nights here on TR, where people from all around the world contribute a wide range of music. Some I like, some, not so much, but the people that post it enjoy it very much.

Music is a very personal thing, so I wondered how much thought people have put into what it is they like, and why?

What is it that makes music great?

Is it the composition of the music (writing).

Is it the lyrics?

Is it the hook or a catchy beat?

Is it the vocals?

Is it the style/skill of the musicians?

What is it that makes you love a song and KEEP loving it for years, even decades?

If you have examples of something you like, feel free to post links to the song/music. Unfortunately, imeem has been bought and swallowed up by Myspace, but there is always youtube!

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Only one thing

by santeewelding In reply to What makes for great musi ...


Excellence in any or all the features you cite.

Same goes for anything or anyone else.

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After hearing "pop music", I have to disagree

by jdclyde In reply to Only one thing

You are going to have a hard time convincing me that anyone that is a Britney Spears fan or Ensync fan are looking for excellence on the majority of the fronts.

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As you noted

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to After hearing "pop music" ...

great music is subjective. Why drag pop dogs into it until someone else does?

:0 No! One of your boys has gone over to the pop side?! :^0

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The boys like to rock

by jdclyde In reply to As you noted

They listen to and love my music. Anything from Zep to Mudvayne.

Well, ThingTwo does listen to Greenday.... :0

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by ganyssa In reply to The boys like to rock

the Spawn has gone over to the dark side. His name is Justin Bieber.

I can't access YouTube from work, but I wouldn't do that to you guys anyway. :)

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my deepest condolences....

by jdclyde In reply to Sadly

I know this is a difficult time for you, but you will get through it with support from your friends! :)

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Come on, you guys

by Sonja Thompson Staff In reply to my deepest condolences... ...

Justin is CUTE, and he actually has a very nice singing voice.

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Pop-pop, snap

by NickNielsen In reply to my deepest condolences... ...

<sing-song voice> somebody'z chewing bubble gum...

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Drove a convertible 'Stang around western USA to Dookie

by drowningnotwaving In reply to The boys like to rock

... in 1999 just prior to getting hitched.

Even more perfect was that I didn't have a valid licence and my fiance had to do all the driving - LA - San Diego - Vegas - Canyon - up the back of California to Yosemite, SF and back down Highway 1 to LA. Very relaxing.

Perhaps great music criteria include setting, context and company.

Perhaps another is whether you are driving or not.

Whatever - there was nothing wrong at all with cranked up Greenday on that trip! Plus that covers album of Carpenters hits. Screamed our heads off.

Excellence indeed.

edit gramma

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Sorry mate, have to disagree there too

by Oz_Media In reply to Only one thing

Most modern music, popular music, has so little excellence it barely registers as music.

The recording process is simply over driven and overcompressed to offer "acceptible MP3 sound" and nothign else.

I won't go on, this would be a very long post if I did, but I agree that while music SHOULD offer excellence in both musucuanship and engineering, most of today's "music" is devoid of both sucj qualities.

The bottom line is that kids don't care anymore. Listening to multitrack Pink Floyd with intense dynamics is not a desire these days, compressing the latest manufcatured jingle is completely acceptable now, from the engineering desk to teh consumer.

You should see some of the low end garbage we've released in North America and had it fly off the shelves in the past few years. Even simply compressing old bed tracks and releasing them as finished material is acceptable.

It's sad.

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