Friday afternoon? You're not getting any work done, dude. Come on. I think it's a good time to think something over and contribute your thoughts on something. You can think about it other times, too, like Monday morning.
Question is this: What element in music gets you every time? Maybe it's a harmonica or a falsetto vocal or cowbell. Something that, if a song has it, just makes it infinitely more likely it will be a favorite song.
I have two, both of which have to do with lyrics:
1. Proper names! When they skip the pronouns and mention people by name.
Like in Old 97's "Big Brown Eyes":
"'Cause if Robert's dad is right, We might not make it through the night, And I'd hate to go alone. Please pick up the phone."Or, from Ben Folds' "Not the Same":
"You took a trip and climbed a treeNot to mention Ben Folds' song where Steven charms everyone here except Tamara Easter.
At Robert Sledge's party
And there you stayed 'till morning came
And you were not the same after that"
Proper names! They give specificity, which pop songs often lack!
I love revenge in popular music. It's compelling, it's audacious, it's terrific.
Like the Decemberists' "Mariner's Revenge Song".
And the Mountain Goats' "Up The Wolves":
"I'm going to get myself in fighting trim,And, of course, Viva Voce, a husband-wife team who do the song "We Do Not Fuck Around":
scope out every angle of unfair advantage.
I'm going to bribe the officials.
I'm going to kill all the judges.
it's going to take you people years to recover from all of the damage."
Revenge! Hooray for Revenge!
My question, again,What element in music gets you every time?