Re: How do you listen to a song?
Some people listen to the lyrics and like a good sing along tune. Others ( like me, and the rest of my band ) listen the the musical elements of the song, the vocal melodies more than lyrics.
I guess thats why i'll never be into rap music...
Back to the question, I try to absorb it without thinking of individual parts, but i'm usually listening for a chord progression or sound that 'affects' me. After a few listens i will try and decipher the drums though.