The human voice is a multilingual instument

ben.wilko1 By ben.wilko1, 13th Feb 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A look at why I listen to music in different languages, even if I can't understand the lyrics.

Are lyrics always that important?

Just as fans of classical music have a fondness for the genre for the style of music and the way it sounds, or like fans of opera listen to operatic classics, enjoying it even though they may not necessarily understand he lyrics, I have always had a love for music in many different languages.
Although lyrics are often one of the main and most important components of any given title, I find that this doesn’t always matter all that much. If you take a look at the playlists on my iPod, you shouldn’t be too surprised to find something from Country X or Y, my friends and family would quite probably be shocked if they saw my music collection made up of solely English music.

Music without boundaries

First of all, I am currently studying German at university, so I’ve always got some kind of German music at hand, and much more than 99 Luftballons (although that is a guilty pleasure!) I’m talking more of artists like Bosse, Oomph! And Eisbrecher with a bit of Rammstein thrown in there of course.
The thing is, my interest even goes away from the English and German music which I have no issues in understanding. For example my interest in music from Asia was sparked in my mid-teens and I still find some of the random music I used to listen to even though I had no comprehension of what was being sung. Having said this, it occurs to me that Asian music must not be so crazy, I mean, I’m sure at the mention of Asian music, one song in particular should immediately come to mind. Gangnam Style by South Korean singer PSY quickly became popular and its music video the most viewed on YouTube, If not the internet, but I don’t see too many people each day who could say they’re fluent in Korean.

Quality over origin

The bottom line is, give me a song to listen to, tell me where it’s from and, provided it’s a good sounding song, I’ll enjoy listening to it. As opera fans enjoy their music for the sound of the words and the instruments being played, I see the voice as an instrument. The origin and language of said instrument should not play a role in how I judge a particular song; it should just depend on whether or not I enjoy what I’m listening to!

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Gangnam Style, German Music, Language, Language Matters, Languages, Languages In Asia, Music, Psy, Rammstein

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Student of German studies with a passion for languages

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author avatar C.D. Moore
13th Feb 2013 (#)

I also enjoy music from many cultures. Thankyou for this.

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author avatar Rania, Jamie & Reni
13th Feb 2013 (#)

I love this "music without boundaries" as written with a true sense of the Oneness to be enjoyed and displayed throughout the world by all of humanity.

Thank you for such a endearing article, dear friend.

Uthrania Seila

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