The answer is, yes and no -- both sides are right
Posted by: Bladesian ()
Date: February 14, 2001 01:42AM

Now, the thing is, sometimes a word as multiple but related meanings. The word song can mean a musical composition which is sung and has words. But it is also used more widely. And my dictionary, in addiction to the definitions that concentrate on vocals and words, also gives "a musical sound like singing [the song of a lark].

One thought, does a song cease to be a song if you play it on an instrument, rather than singing it? I don't think so.

I thing song is used a lot to include instrumentals because "musical composition" is too cumbersome. And instrumental only works if you only are talking about instrumentals, and not a body of work that also includes stuff with vocals. So, with artists that mostly do stuff with vocals, I think it's natural to use "songs" to include all their stuff, not just the stuff with vocals.

Of course, when talking CDs, the word tracks is sometimes used. :-)

In my opinion, both sides of this little debate are correct. :-)

SubjectViewsWritten ByPosted
Instrumentals;songs or not??? 178 coco 02/11/2001 11:06PM
Re: Instrumentals;songs or not??? 122 alex siedler 02/12/2001 12:18AM
Re: Instrumentals;songs or not??? 124 Carl 1 02/12/2001 01:02AM
Re: Instrumentals;songs or not??? 125 coco 02/12/2001 02:29AM
Re: Instrumentals;songs or not??? 133 Carl 1 02/12/2001 10:02AM
Re: Instrumentals;songs or not??? 130 croman 02/12/2001 06:08AM
Re: Instrumentals;songs or not??? 120 coco 02/12/2001 06:45AM
Re: Instrumentals;songs or not??? 111John Q02/12/2001 09:08AM
Re: Instrumentals;songs or not??? 120 coco 02/12/2001 09:26AM
The answer is, yes and no -- both sides are right169 Bladesian 02/14/2001 01:42AM
Compositions 138 Jezza 02/14/2001 03:21AM
Re: Compositions 139 Precious Honey 02/14/2001 07:14AM
Re: Instrumentals;songs or not??? 130 Rock 02/16/2001 11:22AM

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