What do you listen to in a song?
- Melodies, harmony, structure, voices, bass, guitars, keyboards, drums, originality, energy, lyrics, production?
What do you watch in a photography or a painting?
- Colors, details, meaning, characters, originality, lines, atmosphere, size, composition?
What do you watch in a book?
- Progression, story, characters, style, words, originality, phrases?
What do you watch in a movie?
- Scenario, editing, characters, frames, camera work, action, sense of place, composition, music?
And in architecture, poetry, marketing?
It’s not exactly how we “watch” something, but how we stop in front of something and try to understand where the pleasure comes from. A little bit more like:
“OK that’s good, why? – let’s look into it”.
My choices upstairs are bolded. Lyrics are probably important when I discover a track, BUT I always try to understand the structure, I listen to the bass player, and harmony progressions and changes. More than melodies, or the song’s energy.
In front of a painting that stops me, I want to know “what did the painter want?”. Same from photography, or movies. I dig into (or try to imagine) how the artist dealt with the audience.
So, well, it’s a matter of empathy, or structures/skeletons, of what’s hidden. Nobody listens to the bass, nor really cares about a photo’s composition. It’s all about the singer or the lead guitar, it’s all about colors and “events”.
What I choose to look into tells a lot.
Therefore I think that it is a good exercise when we meet someone, to watch and listen and ask: “What do you like in this? Why?”.
This “says” something about the person. If they are an empath or not, if they’re a thinker or not, fast or slow, surfacing or diving, heavy or light…
Thanks for reading!