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Musical Interpretation

Interpretation is one of the great qualities that everyone, musically-gifted or not, enjoys about music. It's totally up to the creators and listeners to determine the music and lyrics' meanings. 

Consider the jazz standard "All the Things You Are." You could spend a whole day sifting through various YouTube versions of this 1939 classic. Everyone from Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson have renditions of it (click the links below).

As listeners, we have all experienced hearing a new interpretation of a familiar song. This experience exposes our minds to a new approach foreign to our ears. The new interpretation causes us to realize that the version or style we're familiar with isn't the only one. We may or may not like the new interpretation, but we can still acknowledge and appreciate it.
 
Like any other art form, music is interpretive. The same song may carry a trillion different meanings to many different people. There is no standard for measuring the mental, emotional, or spiritual reception that music evokes. That's one of the things that makes music so special: the ultimate meaning lies in the sounds themselves in the ears and hearts of the listener.

"Voices, instruments, and all possible sounds--even silence itself-- must tend toward one goal, which is expression." - C.W. Gluck


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