Lyrics Or A Beat?

I love music. So much so that when I was a kid, my mum said, “If you knew your school work half as well as you know your music, you’d be a straight-A student!” As long as I can remember I have always had music on – I used to fall asleep to it even! Driving, running, sitting at the computer, I can’t do any of these things in silence (although recently I have been turning it off in the car but I put that down to aging, not losing a love of music).

When I met my husband and we talked about music, it became clear we looked for different things in a song – I listened to the lyrics, he listened to the beat. When he played a song he liked, I said, “But what is it about?” He said, “What do you mean?” In saying that, we did share a taste for “older” music – if you think Frank Sinatra is older (I say classic!).

I think over time we both came to appreciate both aspects of a song – the lyrics and the beat. The thing that amazes me about music is that no matter what is going on in your life, there almost always seems to be a song that expresses your feelings so much better than you ever could. It’s like it’s been written based on your inner most thoughts. It also makes me wonder what it is about music that you can not hear a song for 10 years, but then hear it and remember every word. And I love how you can hear a song and it makes you think of a place or time or person, for better or worse. Obviously something in music resonates deep within us – or perhaps it’s just a musical hypnosis/brainwashing technique?

Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of both Pink and Guy Sebastian’s new albums. They both have songs that make me tear up every time I hear them, because I feel like the speak straight into my heart.

Pink’s album, The Truth About Love is amazing. I could (should) write a post just reviewing that alone. It covers every aspect of love you can imagine – the bliss, the confusion, the heart ache, the bond between a parent and child, the love/hate of a relationship so intense you can’t live with it, can’t live without it. There are three songs on this album that I particularly love – Run, Beam Me Up, Just Give Me A Reason. I love them because I can relate them so much to my son, my dad, my marriage.

Run is a beautiful song about letting your child know you’ll always be there for them.

“So take the best of what I got,
and you know no matter what,
before you walk away,
you know you can run, run, run, back to my arms, back to my arms.”

Beam Me Up, I read, is a mother singing to a child she’s lost, which makes it even more of a tear-jerker than me relating it to my dad.

“Could you beam me up,
Give me a minute, I don’t know what I’d say in it,
Probably just stare, happy just to be there
holding your face.
Beam me up, let me be lighter
I’m tired of being a fighter I think
A minute’s enough, beam me up.”

Just Give Me A Reason is a duet with Nate Reuss from “Fun”. It’s touching, sad and hopefully all at the same time.

“Just give me a reason
Just a little bit’s enough
Just a second we’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again
It’s in the stars
It’s been written in the scars on our hearts
We’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again.”

The song from Guy Sebastian’s Armageddon album that gets me teary is “Big Bad World”, written for his son Hudson, but related to by every parent everywhere. It is a little bit on the cheesier side with some of the lyrics, but the intent, that parental instinct to protect our kids from everything and everyone, is clearly there.

“There’ll be battles
And they may be too big to handle
But while there’s still strength in these bones
You’ll never fight them alone”

And I particularly like the line “All of the milestones and things that I’ve done, they can’t compare to you my son.” Will anything we ever do compare to having and raising our children? I’m not sure, but don’t think so.

Music just soothes the soul, I think. At least, it does for me. And since I’ve started running/training, I’ve come to appreciate music for the beat, too. It certainly helps to speed me along when a great running track comes on. So tell me, do you like music? And if so, do you like it for the lyrics or the beat?


17 thoughts on “Lyrics Or A Beat?

  1. Oooohhh I love this post! I love music, definitely for the lyrics for the exact reason you said, no matter what’s going on there is always a song that expresses it. And lyrics inspire emotion and trigger memories, such a beautiful thing. As a mother, I think 2 of my favourites that represent how I feel are ‘The Day’ by Babyface, and ‘Momma’ by Boyz II Men. But the Boyz II Men one makes me think of the kind of mother I want to be, the kind who’s children love so deeply that they write a beautiful song about. Does that sound silly?

  2. My taste is very eclectic and based on both beat and lyrics. I think the beat gets you to take the time to listen to the words.
    Great post, I learnt some things 🙂
    Becc via #FYBF

  3. I love so much music and so many different kinds I couldn’t even start. But PINK – I love her. She’s so strong and tough and inspiring and sees through the crap. Lyrics just get into my head without me trying, and i know (ashamed though I am) almost every word to nearly every 80s song I hear … I swear I don’t know how that happened. The beat is SO important though – and the main reason I think my mum’s obsession with Cliff Richard is lame. Today it’s Freestylers on my Ipod, with some Pnau. But yesterday was a Robbie day all day cos I felt like singing!

  4. Music so soothes the soul no doubt about it. Music has always been present in my life just sometimes more than others. Usually on darker days I tend to turn to tunes and it never ceases to amaze me how it can turn things around. I haven’t really heard any of the songs you mentioned, I tend to still to my classic favourites, but lyrics mean more to me than the beat. Unless I am running then it is all about the beat!

    • I am hearing you on the running – ALL about the beat (and occasionally the lyrics but beat always first and foremost). I love being able to just listen to music and cry on dark days, but singing and smiling on happy days, too!

  5. Music DOES soothe the soul but sadly I don’t listen to it as much these days, I find myself chasing peace and quiet and time free of any noise. I’d have to say I’m more persuaded by beat although there are some song lyrics which by themselves are pure poetry but when combined with their music they become pure magic. Love this post x

    • It’s funny isn’t it? I *never* would have dreamed of driving without music, but I find myself switching it off sometimes and just being alone with my thoughts is calming. NEVER thought I’d ever say that! Sometimes in your car, alone, is the only peace you get! I totally understand! x

  6. Oh, I want to get Pink’s album now! I’m a big music lover. I used to be more about the beat and the melody (years of piano lessons, choir and band practice will do that) but as I get a little older, the lyrics are also becoming more important. Thanks for sharing xxx

    • Definitely get it! Not a bad song on there! Except maybe Slut Like You – not really my taste, but the rest is great. Warning: don’t listen around the little Misters. Nick was singing “I had a shit day, you had a shit day” after he heard it in the car. OOPS!

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