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Foreign Language Hits

The popular music charts over the years have been very much dominated by vocal music. There is something that about the human voice that is arguably superior to any musical instrument. The addition of lyrics adds further to the listening experience. Lyrics allow the sharing of common experiences and emotions, and in the hands of a master lyricist blend seamlessly with the music into what can be a significant aesthetic event for the listener.

Much of my interest in instrumental music that was sufficiently popular to chart is rooted in the overwhemingly greater overall popularity of vocal material. What it is about these instrumental hits that allowed them to achieve popularity in spite of the handicap of being instrumental?

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September 23, 2007 at 10:42 am 1 comment


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