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A good lyric takes you someplace you've never been...

I love that quote that goes something like, "I'm homesick for a place I've never been."  It has always resonated with me for some reason.  I think a good lyric can take you someplace you've never been.  

When people tell me they don't really pay attention to lyrics in the music they listen to, I'm baffled.  "What do you mean you don't pay attention to the lyrics?!"  See, when I was a child, my dad taught me the importance of lyrics in a song.  And he especially taught me to appreciate the really good ones.  He'd say them aloud to me as we listened to his favorite songs on road trips and in the house I grew up in.  I learned the story of the song and felt the emotion behind the melodies so much deeper.  I connected with the artist.  Some of those songs still remain my favorites to this day.  Understanding the meaning of the songs connected me deeper than the music could alone.