I wanted to share a story with you all, because it is something that really impacted my life musically. When I was growing up, I listened to a lot of music. All sorts of genres. I’d learn the catchy chorus parts of songs, but never much more beyond that. Then in university, I met who would become my best friend. He was a musician. He used to write songs and they were all pretty good. Never really connected with them though.
Then, something happened.
I saw him go through a heartbreak. It hit him very hard. He started writing songs about it. Knowing what he had gone through, I saw the pain and sorrow in his songs. When he sang about the relationship, I could connect all the dots about the words and the emotions behind them. I began to understand that lyrics aren’t always just words that go together and rhyme. To some songwriters, the words truly tell a passionate story. It may be about them, or others, or some other thing they care to write about.
So now, when I listen to a song. I try to listen to the lyrics more. I try to connect with the songwriter. It has made a big difference in my life. I’ve started to appreciate good song-writing a lot more. I try to put myself in their shoes and feel what they felt.
Anyway, just wanted to share that with you. It was really like a switch flipped in my head when it happened. Anyone else experienced this sort of thing?