I love a good introduction to a song, it gives me time to prepare my inner diva or rock chick especially with a tune like Livin on a Prayer by Bon Jovi. I need that bit of time to make sure the air guitar is tuned and also I find it quite amusing to try and guess when the vocals actually come in as most of the time I get it wrong, mainly due to impatience and eagerness. I do wish those professionals would keep up.
Apparently though we are seeing the big intros die out slightly. You see people are streaming music more and when listening to a track, if the vocals don't happen within a few seconds we get fed up and flick to the next track. Now that is being very impatient, give the artists a chance for goodness sake. I would hate to think people were not waiting to hear what I'd got to sing about and especially when I wanted to also show off my musical talent in sound and not just lyrics.
Songs such as Sam Smith's 'Too Good at Goodbyes' don't process any introduction at all, he's there straight in there within one second and just gets on with the job. I suppose it depends on the song and it does work really well for that song. Queens 'Don't Stop Me Now' is straight there and that works too, I kind of get it a little especially in this digital age but when we only had vinyl, yes in the old days, we took the time to listen to the beginnings of records because, well frankly it was a lot more fuss to take the stylus off and take the record off and pop a new one on so we put up with it.
I'm glad we did because there are some great intros to some classic songs. Hotel California by the The Eagles is just one of the best, how can you not listen to that? What would we do without the intro to Survivors 'Eye of the Tiger', I even sing the dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum daaaaaa' on that and U2 have the amazing intro to 'Where the Streets Have No Name' which is phenomenal in my opinion. One minute and eighteen seconds of great guitar before Bono does his thing.
Don't forget, if your song hasn't got a good intro we can't guess it in a 'guess the intro quiz'. Now that's a game changer eh? (see what I did there). If a song starts in a second then how can we guess that? It becomes guess the song which just isn't the same and I need a big intro to gain points because it takes me a while so longer the better.
I suppose the vocals are the main core in a song now and we live in a fast moving society where we need to get everywhere quickly and obviously need to listen to an artist as quick as possible too. There has been a massive drop in long intros to songs since the 80's so if you are an upcoming artist you have to start quick otherwise the punters will move on and listen to something else. Shame isn't it? I get a little impatient when they faff about on Strictly and don't get dancing straight away which I suppose is the same thing, I feel a few seconds of boredom creep in and before you know it I'm debating whether I can make a brew before they start tangoing. I too feel my inner 'get on with it' starting to emerge so we all have our limitations.
Oh well times change I suppose and so does music. It's all down to timing but I think it's just down to what you like and whatever makes you happy. We all have our own different tastes, likes and dislikes so go with the flow. Let me know whether you like an intro or if you like to get straight down to it, also what are your favourite intros? Leave a comment.
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