posted on May, 18 2016 @ 09:38 AM
a reply to: MagnaCarta2015
10 months is probably a bad number.
Like any other "talent," the creation of a musical composition, or the execution of a performance is based on flow. How do you get there? 10,000 hours
But a weird thing starts happening at 15K hours, and only gets stranger when you reach 20K or more: all of the things you had to think about to do
the thing you do drops away, and becomes automatic. Change a single word on a lyric sheet, to counter the message presented by the lyric, and a
careful listener, who is looking for meaning anyway, will notice the change, at a subconscious level, and create a "bookmark" for that specific
moment, which is reinforced every time they listen to the song.
The same trick works in music criticism by the way, especially in reverse. It's like black magic. You simply drop a word or two in the review that
most readers will not understand, and it sends them scurrying to their dictionary. "Obsequious" is a good choice, for example. A casual reader will
note the insertion of a word like that and feel confusion or irritation. If you are diligent, this feeling will persist after your review is
forgotten, and spread to the subject of your review like an STD.
The reader triggered in this way will soon feel the same way about the subject itself, and they will never know why. Songwriters generally place
bookmarks to generate a sympathetic reaction to their words and music. They are trying to provoke a deeper connection to the songs intention. Critics
use this power to generate a disgust, drawing attention away from intention, and the band plays on.