On Lazenca Save Us

Since Saturday, I’ve been listening to “Lazenca Save Us” pretty much nonstop. Because I’m the sort of person who has to over-analyze everything, I’ve been trying to figure out why I like the song so much.

In the most general sense, the song is right up my alley–it rocks hard, and has quite the epic feel to it, especially when the choir kicks in. Yet, the song is in Korean, which I understand even more poorly than, say, Japanese (Where I know your basic anime-kid wannabe-Japanese words–Kawaii, Baka, Kitsune, Neko [EDIT 4/1/08: “Keno” is not a Japanese word..I don’t think. Told you I didn’t know the language very well.]), even if we decided to be generous and allow “GEEEEE GEEEEEEE!!” to count as “Korean”. So it’s not like the lyrics make some special connection with me–heck, it’s not like the lyrics in their original language can make a connection with me. And musically, I’m pretty sure it really doesn’t do anything that hasn’t been done before. So I’m at a loss to explain exactly why I love the song so much. I just know that I do.

Branching out from “me, me, me”, there’s probably a college level paper in here somewhere. What I mean is that maybe it’s just ingrained somewhere in, at the very least, American culture why, as a whole, we like the music we do. Maybe there’s some type of scientific explanation for why Linkin Park can repeatedly write the same song and people will eat it up. Who knows.


    • James on April 1, 2008 at 11:40 am

    The way I see, you like this song because it’s the musical opposite of your rock music tastes: straightforward, a large group of people contributing to the song, traditional build up and ummm it’s in Korean? (As opposed to 17/33 time songs that tend to focus on the an individual’s ridiculously complicated performance, making sure each musican gets a chance to show off to shine as opposed to blending into a bigger song).

    See, you’re balancing your… something? I was going to say karma but that’s not right. Your aural stimulation? That sounds dirty.

    Maybe you just like choirs? :) I have to admit to being impressed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir when I saw them in person though the last time I was blown away by music was by the street musicians in Trinidad and Tobago.

    But I digress. My point is: I wish WordPress had a post preview so I can see if my strikethrough tags are working. I guess I’ll find out now…!

    • emptyeye on April 1, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    That could be (About the “it’s exactly the opposite of how you compose music!” bit). As for the choir, I think it’s less that I like choirs specifically and more that I just like huge, epic-sounding stuff in general, and multi-part choirs are a great way to get an epic sound.

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