By: PrideTime Editor, Kam Bryan
When it comes to music, there are two main types of people who listen. First, you have the ones who are interested in the beat; how different elements of sound are combined to make the perfect track. On the flip side, there are those who are more interested in the meaning behind the lyrics of the song they’re listening to. These are the people who will hear a song and search for a story within the lines and rhymes, and that is what we’ll be talking about today.
Jayquan Burden had a few words when asked his opinion on listening to music for the beat or the lyrics: “I don’t really care too much for the beat in a song. I wanna be able to feel what I’m listening to, relate to the artist who’s singing the song. I feel like songs with dramatic beats are meant for hype and parties. But when I’m in my room, I just like to vibe.” Jay and I think alike in more ways than one, including when it comes to music. I love a song with a good beat, but lyrics add a compositional change. I also feel like a song isn’t as good when the lyrics being sung or rapped don’t tell a story.
Contrary to my earlier statement, a fellow student here at BMHS had this to say: “I listen for the beat but then again a beat can have its own story.” This student isn’t the only one to think so. According to Genuis.com, “Lyrics, both interlinked are components of a good song, but they can live separately.” A well crafted beat can speak volumes, perhaps more than a person can at times.
I know I fought with reason a song needs solid lyrics, but at the end of the day, you don’t need words in order to tell a good story. When it comes to deciding whether I’d rather listen to an instrumental by itself or an instrumental with lyrics on top of it, I guess you could say I’d be in treble, cause I enjoy both about the same.