Music and Lyrics, what comes First?

I have not written about love for months. Those of you who are my faithful readers might have realized that. Well, it is not that “I am all out of love”, but I just have not had the opportunity to sit down, be inspired to write.

Recently, hubby and I caught up on our movie marathon. You know, we love to watch movies. And before babe come along, we used to be frequent patrons of the cinema. Action, thriller, sci-fi, fantasy, war, romance comedy, slapstick – you name it, we are up for it. Well, apart from horror… haha! I do not want to waste $10 on 2 hours of hiding behind my hands. Ok, the truth is out. I am those people who would hide behind a pillow when watching horror movies on TV. Haha!

Ok, sorry to digress. So, we watched a romance comedy that I have always wanted to watch… Music and Lyrics starring Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. How much better can you get? Both stars are like romance comedy naturals. Remember Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Love Actually? And Drew Barrymore in Ever After, Never been kissed, 50 First Dates? They were brilliant in those movies. I rest my case.

I have pretty high expectations for the show. And I was not disappointed. The storyline was believable, the music was great, the acting was good, and the chemistry between the leads was definitely sizzling.

There was a conversation that really stood out for me in this movie.

Sophie Fisher: A melody is like seeing someone for the first time. The physical attraction. Sex.
Alex Fletcher: I so get that.
Sophie Fisher: But then, as you get to know the person, that’s the lyrics. Their story. Who they are underneath. It’s the combination of the two that makes it magic.

For a memorable song. Music and lyrics. Definitely inseparable.

I have been asked many times. Violet, how do I choose the right one?

We might not want to admit it, but many of us are guilty of this. We choose purely based on the music. It is that which hooks us in and attract our attention. And you know the worst thing? We are actually programmed to be attracted to a certain type of “music”.

And as humans, we are quick to make first impressions. If the “music” is not right, we are quick to write off the song immediately.

I have begun to realize that Drew Barrymore is right. Music without beautiful lyrics just does not cut it for me anymore. A song can never be truly unforgettable unless the lyrics have touched my soul. And often, I am attracted to a song not for its music, but because of its inspiring, enduring and uplifting lyrics.

Music first? Or lyrics first?

Choose wisely.

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  1. I love that show too! True, music without beautiful lyrics simply do not cut it. But normally the music I love have have both beautiful melody and lyrics in the first place. Whenever I hear a piece of music with a beautiful melody, the lyrics that follows will be equally beautiful and catchy.

    And that is how love works for me too. The only difference is that in knowing a person, it is the behaviour and action of the person that counts (the lyrics), and not so much the physical appearance (the music).

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  2. Hi, Violet! Great insight there and I totally agree with you! And thank you for the blog. It meant something to me, at least. I have quoted your blog in my blog too. You can visit http://ericasim.com/music-lyrics-a-sign/
    Will keep myself posted with Lunch Actually newsletter! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Hmm, for me it’s always the melody first before the lyrics. However, I too believe that the words — if written nicely — have a great impact on our emotions, thus increasing our appreciation for the music.

    Heya Violet, how’s the family doing? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Celia,
    I agree with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hi Erica,
    Thanks for dropping by, and also thanks for your encouragement! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Rudy,
    Good to hear from you again! Family is good. Sonny is 19 months old now. Time flies! How are things on your side?

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  5. Been busy anD a bit stressed out, but other than that, everything’s just fine and dandy… ๐Ÿ˜€

    Glad to hear your family and business is good, I’ll be hanging around here quite a bit again, hehe. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. Vivia Theresa /

    Hi all, just to share with all of u here:Wish everyone had met with their right one.

    Music and Lyrics, what comes First?

    A melody is like seeing someone for the first time. The physical attraction, sex. But then, as you get to know the person, thatโ€™s the lyrics. Their story. Who they are underneath. Itโ€™s the combination of the two that makes it magic.

    For a memorable song, music and lyrics definitely inseparable. So, how do I choose the right one?

    We might not want to admit it, but many of us are guilty of this. We choose purely based on the music. It is that which hooks us in and attract our attention. And you know the worst thing? We are actually programmed to be attracted to a certain type of โ€œmusicโ€.

    And as humans, we are quick to make first impressions. If the โ€œmusicโ€ is not right, we are quick to write off the song immediately.

    Music without beautiful lyrics just does not cut it for me anymore. A song can never be truly unforgettable unless the lyrics have touched my soul. And often, I am attracted to a song not for its music, but because of its inspiring, enduring and uplifting lyrics.

    Music is my life but music without lyrics is not called a song.

    Music first? Or lyrics first? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  7. Vivia Theresa /

    Hi Violet and all,

    I ‘d love to share a beautiful, romantic song ..beautiful is the melody but romantic is the lyrics….This song will tell us how difficult separate the melody and lyrics, their are perfectly joined together.

    HOW I WISH MY LOVE ONE WILL SING THIS SONG FOR ME…!Maybe will ask him to sing for me for my future wedding!!

    Title: I love how you love me

    “I love how your eyes close, whenever you kiss me.
    And when I am away from you, I love how you miss me.
    I love the way you touch me always tenderly.
    But darling most of all, I love how you love.

    “I love how you hurt me, whenever I hold you.
    I love how you think of me, without been told to.
    I love the way you touch me always heavenly.
    But darling most of all, I love how you love me.

    I love how you hurt me…I love how you treat me, tease me, love…….how you love me, I love how you love me, I love how you love me, I love how you love me.

    Yeah, that’s the song! An oldies songs that I love the most!!I hope the lyrics is correct because I dun have the lyrics but I used to listen to the song many…times..

    Hope you all enjoy reading this.

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  8. Vivia Theresa /

    Oophs ..sorry, just to correct the second paragraph,

    starting lyrics is wrong.
    “I love how you (HURT ME) – is wrong
    “I love love how your heart beats” – correct one.

    Thanks.

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  9. Music first….lyrics does not matter. Even if it sounds weird…like Viva La Vida by Coldplay…

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