Originally Posted by DrumEatDrum
Well, I can't sing to save my life, and until a few years ago, I have never written lyrics for a band before.
I mean, Tommy isn't Tommy without the lyrics that tie it all together. Dark Side of the Moon, Quadrophenia, The Wall, most U2 albums, the list goes on an on of albums that wouldn't be what they are without the lyrics.
Then you have a wealth of music where lyrics fall somewhere between the sublime and the ridiculous. I'm a huge RHCP fan, but I've gotta be honest, the fact that I have no idea what half the nonsensical babblings spouted by A Keidis are, is of little consequence and certainly doesn't detract from the listening experience.
Obviously it's not an absolute, as there is plenty of music out there where I'm captured by what's being said lyrically. But I also find often times, listening to the melody, harmonies, phrasing or vocal inflections is all I need. Hearing the vocals as another instrument as opposed to a vehicle to get a 'message' across, works for me too.