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kayal cox
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I love music, and I like listening to music in languages that I don't understand too.
My friends think I am nuts... how can I appreciate a song when I don't know what the lyrics mean! And they are probably right, I don't see too many other people doing it..

Sometimes I have strived to get the meaning of lyrics of a song, or watch a movie to understand the context of the song, and well, I have felt disappointed, because it did not live up to my mental expectations...

My latest favorite songs are Na Koi Umang Hai (Kati Patang?), Tu Hi Bata Zindagi (Armaan).. I don't understand more than a few words, but the music is just haunting..

Anybody else think I am nuts? Are there other folks who listen to music without understanding them... Share please!
shankar vembu
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I seldom concentrate on the lyrics. only the music (melody, rhythm....) interests me. But yes, i listen to songs only in the languages that i know meaning that i CAN understand the lyrics but i mostly never listen to them.

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[ May 20, 2005: Message edited by: shankar vembu ]
Ellen Zhao
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I enjoy some songs in Telugu very much, even though I don't understand a single word...Here is an example. (file size: ~6mb)
[ May 20, 2005: Message edited by: Ellen Zhao ]
shankar vembu
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Originally posted by Ellen Zhao:
I enjoy some songs in Telugu very much, even though I don't understand a single word...Here is an example. (file size: ~6mb)

[ May 20, 2005: Message edited by: Ellen Zhao ]


how about checking
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kayal cox
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Originally posted by Ellen Zhao:
I enjoy some songs in Telugu very much, even though I don't understand a single word...

Ah, but I understand Telugu, atleast enough to make out most of the lyrics. And I can not stay away from paying attention to the words, if it is a known language.

I have a good friend who is from China, and he gave me a CD that contained some Chinese songs sung by a girl called Mao, I think. It was very nice, unfortunately the CD was already well worn out, and it didn't last much longer.
R K Singh
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How many people understand following songs please raise your hand :

#) makarena
#) ketchup song
#) didi didi
#) Theruda Theruda
#) Chikbuk chikbuk Raily
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.

I undertsand none of these but luv to listen them


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Damanjit Kaur
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Kayal Cox
I love music, and I like listening to music in languages that I don't understand too.
My friends think I am nuts... how can I appreciate a song when I don't know what the lyrics mean! And they are probably right, I don't see too many other people doing it..



You are not the only nuts in this world.

To appreciate a song, its not always neccessary to understand its lyrics too, its a combination of music and lyrics which makes up a song. Well, thats just my views. I like listening to Eros Ramazzotti Italian songs and some German songs. I don't understand a single word of Italian language but I like the song just because of music and I like the Italian language. As for Hindi songs, I like most because I can understand lyrics. Some songs, I like just because either piano or flute is played so well and I just listen the song to appreciate that part of song only.
soumya ravindranath
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I used to believe that in order to appreciate a song one has to understand the meaning ( By the way, Kayal, that song from Kati Pathang is real good, meaningwise too ). But I had to change the theory some time in life once I started listening to songs of new languages ( I know about 7 ). Our moods also play a big role while listening to music. Sometimes all you would want to is listen to melody and sometimes you would want to relate to something the singer says... Listen to Gypsy songs, you will enjoy without knowing what they mean

[ an aside : I prefer to watch the movie "Life is beautiful" in the original Italian version, though all I know in Italian is Si and Prego. I guess there is some autheniticity that gets to you. ]
Damien Howard
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I like to listen to songs I don't understand the lyrics to.
I like the Chil Chaata Hein soundtrack.
I like some modern Greek songs.
Despite english being my native language there are some songs I can't hear the words to so a song doesn't even have to be in a foreign tounge to be unintelligible (of course I usually dislike those english langauge songs).

So in conclusion it is not nuts to like songs you don't understand the words to. Sometimes the rythm is enough. Depends on the song.
Matt Fielder
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No, you're not nuts. I totally agree and listen to music that you can only make out a few words if you're lucky. The fun part is that (the band I'm thinking of) sings in English.

I like both though; the ability to sing along and the use of vocals as an instrument. Yes, they're 2 different things.

If anybody wants some new music, I can post an mp3. For some strange reason, I'm guessing its not going to appeal to this audience though. (I know assumptions can be dangerous.)
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If you look like this, than yes.


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soumya ravindranath
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Originally posted by Matt Fielder:

If anybody wants some new music, I can post an mp3. For some strange reason, I'm guessing its not going to appeal to this audience though. (I know assumptions can be dangerous.)


Posting wouldn't hurt, though
Thomas Paul
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I guess you guys never heard of opera. It is an extremely popular form of music and yet most people in the audience don't understand a word of what is being sung.


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Matt Fielder
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Originally posted by soumya ravindranath:


Posting wouldn't hurt, though



I'll put up a song when I get home tonight.
fred rosenberger
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Does a song have to have words to be enjoyable? I have some favorite songs where a voice is used as nothing more than another instrument. I guess your friends would consider me nuts.

Also, there are song in english where i can't understand the words, and don't care. i like what i like, and that's all that matters.


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Vishwa Kumba
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10 years ago in India, myself and my friends never even got to understand a single word of what Michael Jackson used to sing. But we loved the music, the beats, dance and the video!......It was simply ecstatic and addictive!

I wonder how many people understand Ricky Martin's songs. Even today, I do not know whether he sings in English or Spanish!.......but the music's awesome!......

I guess you need to know the language and the ability to listen and catch the words to appreciate RAP music!
[ May 23, 2005: Message edited by: Vishwa Kumba ]
soumya ravindranath
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Originally posted by Thomas Paul:
I guess you guys never heard of opera. It is an extremely popular form of music and yet most people in the audience don't understand a word of what is being sung.


yet they shed tears, I find that weird too !
Damanjit Kaur
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I also shed tears when I saw an Opera sequence in that Hindi Movie 'Dil Chahta Hai'. Yes, ofcourse, the whole sequence was being narrated by Preity Zinta during that sequence. But even if Preity had not narrated the sequence, I would have shed tears.
soumya ravindranath
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I knew it, I knew it, I knew it
It's basically the atmosphere created by different sensations. We react to what we interpret of the situation. Does that mean we can really enjoy even if we didn't get a single word of what the opera singer sang, sans the actors on the stage ?

How many of you enjoy opera audio on CD ? I must try it live some time.
kayal cox
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Thanks for all the replies... I am glad I am just as wierd as everybody else

To answer Fred, no, a song does not need to have words to be enjoyable.. like pure instrumentals, and songs where the voices are no more than a humming or chant in the background (like Enigma)... but I was just referring to a song, say a slow sad love song, where obviously the lyricist has gone to some pain to write it beautifully.. These are songs that would be understood and appreciated by people who speak the language!..

Looking forward to links to the promised mp3s!

But hey, thanks for all the replies... I am glad I am...
Matt Fielder
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Well, you wanted some different music. I wanted to post some other songs, but they were quite long. I figure you're not going to listen to the whole thing anyway, but this is my good example of not understanding lyrics and using them primarily as an instrument.

Yes he's speaking English. Yes its violent. I like it because its raw and full of adrenaline. Not to say that I don't have any classical in my collection (which I do), but these guys are just amazing.

I picked a short one...

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EDIT: I put up a different song. I like this one better.
[ May 23, 2005: Message edited by: Matt Fielder ]
soumya ravindranath
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Originally posted by Matt Fielder:
Well, you wanted some different music. I wanted to post some other songs, but they were quite long. I figure you're not going to listen to the whole thing anyway, but this is my good example of not understanding lyrics and using them primarily as an instrument.

Yes he's speaking English. Yes its violent. I like it because its raw and full of adrenaline. Not to say that I don't have any classical in my collection (which I do), but these guys are just amazing.

I picked a short one...

[ May 23, 2005: Message edited by: Matt Fielder ]


This is wild
Sania Marsh
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For people from ex-USSR countries listening to foreign songs is just normal.
They listen to french, italian, english and other language songs as well as songs of their countries. In fact, they would probably be able to name the most popular bands around the world, no matter what language they sing in.
 
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