Saturday, August 25, 2007

Music n Lyrics, Sex n Soul

Alex Fletcher: Lyrics are important. They're just not as important as melody.
Sophie Fisher: A melody is like seeing someone for the first time. The physical attraction. Sex.
Alex Fletcher: I so get that.
Sophie Fisher: But then, as you get to know the person, that's the lyrics. Their story. Who they are underneath. It's the combination of the 2 that makes it magical.

From the movie Music and Lyrics.

That was so BEAUTIFULLY expressed. I guess I’m a shallow person then, because everytime I listen to a song, I get so immersed in the melody that I hear nothing but the melody. I seriously suspect it's due to my being musically inclined. But, according to Dear Ms Sophie (Drew Barrymore), that is also equivalent to me being attracted to the sex part only, and not bothering about finding out the lyrics, the person underneath, the absolute soul of the song.

I beg to differ. A melody speaks too. Sex speaks too. They use a language other than words, a more powerful one, a more basic one. They speak emotions, they talk feelings. Words are you know, JUST WORDS. They ARE constraints by themselves, constrained by their very own soul and essence, their meaning. Poor creatures they are, trapped in their own souls, literally. Humans are complex. Emotions are complex. Words are simply not enough.

That is why we turn our back on words and head towards music, or even art, to express what we are unable to do so in words.

I guess sometimes the very reason we write, draw or even compose is due to a very basic need to express ourselves. To 'speak', to 'talk', without being interrupted. And the best way to do so -- to 'talk' to someone who listens, ourselves.

"Don't be afraid to talk to yourself. It's the only way you can be sure someone's listening. "


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Kay said...

Wow... Culture shock...

dpx said...

from the lyrics:

"It’s never been easy for me. To find words to go along, with a melody..."

it's not easy..i see.