Originally Posted by unfunkyfooted
Hal Blaine: To come up with the right hit-making drum beat for each recording, Mr. Blaine insisted on hearing a group sing through a song first, often backed by just a piano. "A song is a story, and I wanted to hear how the lyrics were phrased and where the drama was," he said. "Then I'd add a beat and sound that snapped."
I enjoyed that link, Unfunk. I especially like that quote from HB.
Originally Posted by Fuo
95% of the time I don't care WHAT the lyrics are, but I do care about HOW they're sung. The only time I care about what the words are are when they're really good, or really bad.
I relate to that. One thing about instrumental music - it's never spoiled by trite lyrics. I'd like to strangle Ian Gillan (slowly) for putting such teenage jerkoff lyrics to the brilliant music of Highway Star