I think that the three main attributes of music that appeal to people are the expressiveness of the lyrics, the expressiveness of the instrumentation and the extent to which it makes you dance. Each person is going to weight and prioritize these factors in different ways, and that’s before we even get to the varying standards for evaluation of what makes “good lyrics” or “good instrumentation”. Personally, I think I’ve always been more interested in the sounds and rhythms of music more than the lyrics. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate good songwriting – it’s actually the calling card of one of my very favorite bands (still to come, but here’s a hint) – but I’m more likely to appreciate a good instrumental piece than a song with insightful lyrics that’s lacking in accompaniment.
Instrumental music has had a special place in my heart for longer than I can remember. When I was just a toddler, my favorite song for mom to sing to me was the theme song from the Mike Douglas Show. I have no idea why I loved the jingle so much, I just did. I don’t remember ever seeing the show and it’s not even much of a theme song, but it just instinctively appealed to me. To this day, I’m still looking for music that sounds cool; my top three albums from 2011 strongly de-emphasized their lyrical content when they weren’t completely instrumental.
Today, I’m wrapping up my four day celebration of all things instrumental with Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein”. After hearing some funk, some electronica, some rock and… whatever Beats Antique might be, it should be apparent that instrumental music isn’t genre-bound and it can be pretty sweet to hear just about any instruments wail away and do their thing. We’ll hear more of this going forward, roping even more sounds and genres into the instrumental party.
Frankenstein – Edgar Winter