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I actually listen to the lyrics of songs. From what I gather, this is not as common as I thought it would be. More often than not, when I talk about a song with someone and I ask them what they think the song is saying they reply with "you know, I don't know. I just like how it sounds." I suppose this is fair, a song is a full package - music, lyrics, tone. But for me, I really focus on the lyrics. Perhaps this is why I like songs that other people don't. They may not be the most musical, but some songs just grab me because the lyrics are so amazing.

However, sometimes I love a song for no apparent reason.

Take, for example, U.S.E's "Takin' It All The Way"

The lyrics to this song are so saccharin that if I were a diabetic, it would put me into a coma.

One more day, things are going faster
One more day with you
One more day, things are getting better
I'll make time for you

When you smile, things are getting brighter
Lights are going to shine for you
Loving at night, loving in the morning
Loving in the afternoon

One more day, things are going faster
One more day with you
If you want love, I'm the one to talk to
Baby you know it's true


Not the best written song in the history of mankind. However, I LOVE this song. The beat is hypnotic and the melody is easy to sing and burrows itself into my ear like those little buggies that Kahn put in peoples' ears in Star Trek 2. But that's what a lot of U.S.E's songs are like. They are simple little ditties.

What I love about this song, though, is that I swear to god - they are SO HONEST in what they are singing. You can't help but smile. Seriously. It's just a good song because it makes you feel good. I can overlook the sugar drenched lyrics because the energy in the song and the tone of it completely overrules everything else.

The only down side is that it is stuck in my head. And it was stuck in my head all day at work. However, this wasn't too bad because it made me feel good even though I was there early.

So go have a listen to USE. I think they are fun, playful, and not too serious about things. And that's what I like.

And I totally am crushing on their drummer.
 
 
 
 
 
 
That's how I meant tone. I won't necessarily be listening to the song but then my attention is pulled towards it. And then I really listen. Feeling a song like that is just another way of listening that I hadn't addressed yet, because it is something you just get. You can't really put it into words that justify it.

I'm not sure if I'd rather have meaning or great music. As a musician, I would rather have better music. As a self proclaimed musical critic, I'd rather have lyrics that mean something. It's hard for me to call.