Music is a language we all understand.. Or do we??
If you don’t like music, stop reading you soulless evil creature!!!!
There’s a little party inside this post! I’ll also throw a bunch of inspirational quotes on music at you!
I won’t go into what music means to me or to you, because that’s too personal, but I do want to dig up relations between music and its language.
Music is the language of the soul. Or is it??
I don’t remember when I heard the first song. Also don’t remember when I heard the first foreign song. /Great start of a new post on music /
Google says there are roughly 6500 living languages in the world and about a gazillion songs.
I’m not quite sure where I stand on it, but I can be pretty annoyed by songs which lyrics I don’t understand. Like when I’m travelling somewhere I turn up the local radio to hear some local music in the local language but I get bored quickly.
In the other hand, I need to admit that there are a few foreign songs in my all time favorite playlist and I have no idea what they are about. They could even be about something terrible, or something I don’t agree with :O I’ll never know because I like being in that sweet spot of not knowing. I’m afraid the lyrics will ruin the song for me. Interestingly, most the songs I love are close to my heart because of the lyrics.. Who understands that? This is pure science!!! (I contacted science and it said that we like music because of the sound and rhythm and because it releases dopamine which makes our brain happy) SCIENCE RULEZZZ!
right in the feels:
(also Bob probably knew that dopamine gets released in your system while listening to music you can relate to in any way, so he just stated the obvious..)
There are many great examples of songs not written in English making the top of the charts all over the world.
you get a few minutes dance break!!!! you’re welcome
Gangnam style (sorry if you hate this)
Or just think about singers from latin countries: Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Gloria Estefan. I’m not a big fan of either of them, but they’ve got a few songs I like. Honestly, for me when they sing in Spanish it seems more honest, authentic and real. Somehow it makes me believe that they do it for the love of musing and art rather than the money. But that’s a different topic.
Here’s Bailando in Spanish, which I absolutely love
Aaaand in English that I can’t stand listening to.
⇒Do you have any other examples?
I have a bunch of songs I love in languages I don’t speak and I picked the one I listen to the most. It’s probably in Russian and I’m guessing it’s about love or something similar. Anyways, check it out, lovely video too.
Don’t forget to share your favorite song in the comments!
There’s another category within this topic I’d like to discuss. Top hits covered in a foreign language. This sounds exciting, I love covers because many times they are far better than the original song. A big plus that you already know what the song is about. This works for me when I have interest in the language it’s ‘translated’ to. Here’s an example: I’m a massive Pink fan, I think she is one of the most talented and original musician in the whole world, and I love Portuguese language even though I’m not speaking it (not just yet-read the Revolution post 31st Jan).
And here’s how Gustavo Lima covered Just give me a reason by Pink. Love the cover but not a fan of the video. I don’t understand why he is wearing sunglasses in a studio.
Finally, a last inspirational pic
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