Some friends were discussing a performer I’m not at all familiar with. She must be some sort of “pop” artist … well … but that’s not the right term I suppose. Most of this group of friends listen to things that are a bit different. Not quite pop, definitely no classical. Maybe more on the folk end, but I suppose it’s not even that. But, anyway, they were discussing a singer. And one said she didn’t really care for her but that didn’t mean the person wasn’t any good. And it got me wondering about how you judge that sort of music.

I’m out of it when it comes to things other than classical. I know names. I like certain singers. But I never know how others judge the music. From what so many tell me, intonation doesn’t matter. So what is it that listeners judge with other kinds of music? The lyrics? The structure of the song? The harmony? The chord structure? The singer’s voice? Or just some sort of “it got to me” reaction.

Is it pretty much subjective? I’m just wondering here because I asked them and they didn’t ever respond to my post.