Here is something that I never really see anyone bring up when talking about music and making it. Some pieces of music bring about a strong feeling, something like an emotional, mental, maybe even mental visual experience. I'm not talking on a happy and sad sort of plain, where a song might lift you up or make you feel sorrowful. And it's not about lyrics at all. You probably have had experiences with this 'thing' when hearing music from a distance or through a wall, where much of the details of the music are audibly obscured. It's something more primal and abstract and more involving that is very difficult to put into words. Each piece of music that has this 'thing' is it's own unique experience that is almost alien but at the same time very recognizable once you experience it. We can have these same sorts of experiences just the same with life experiences, moments of reflection, and with visual art. Something that isn't really concrete emerges from what is. It's strange stuff when you stop to ponder it. Music that carries within it such an experience is to me, the greatest music, no matter the genre, style, musicianship, whatever. Everything else going on in the music is subservient to that thing, or maybe even irrelevant in some cases. So enough talk. Let's listen to an example. My suggestion here is to turn this up in another room and walk away. Don't think about the lyrics or the elements of the music. Just experience it kind of like you would as a kid seeing a horror movie for the first time. You are just taking it in without trying to make logical sense of it or pick it to bits musically. And being that this may be a very personal thing (I can't say how something might affect you), maybe this little exercise is in vein. But let's see. Here is a piece of music which I think has that 'thing' and which everyone here is familiar with. You may not even like the song, but that isn't the point. I have intentionally left only a URL to be copy/pasted so as to lessen any pre-thinking about the piece of music. If you can, just copy/paste it and walk away to another room to hear it from a distance or through a wall so as to obscure any details. Code: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiZHNw1MtzI Let me know what you think on the subject and if you hear the 'thing' in the piece of music. And if you understand what I'm talking about here, feel free to share any thoughts and any music which carries that sort of 'thing' being talked about here.