Originally Posted by Buckeye911
Pretty much the same experience for me. When I look sometimes she is moving clockwise and other times counter clockwise.
switching - I stared at it long enough to see it switch a couple of times. You can actually see it "hitch".
I probably should've made it clearer, but I wasn't really separating music with and without vocal tracks - I was just saying that I don't pay that much attention a lot of times to the lyrics, and the music in the song was more important to me.
Of course, sometimes the vocals are "part" of the overall musical sound - either the rhythm or the melody - but I'm talking specifically about lyrics, not vocals. It's just the content that I don't care about that much.
I do listen to the lyrics enough to filter out some of the stuff I find more objectionable, though. But I don't mind someone talking about spirituality in a song - it's just outright prosthelytizing that I don't particularly want to hear. For instance, George Harrison's spiritual lyrics don't bother me, because he keeps it personal and fairly ambiguous most of the time.
As far as spiritual, you can be uplifted mightily that way without any lyrics. Some of the Windham Hill stuff does that for me. Liz Story is one of the best.
As far as music with a "story", I'm usually not crazy about that stuff. I have no use for something like "Alice's Restaurant" - but if it's a good musical song with a simple progressive story to the lyrics that's not drawn out too long, I don't mind that - especially if it occasionally goes back to a chorus - something like "Gimme Three Steps", for instance. Or even without a chorus, if it's something like Genesis' "All in a Mouse's Night". That's great musically, and has got a cute little ending - more like a fairy tale or an old fable without the moral. Not laying any kind of heavy trips on anyone.
But musically, "A.'s R." isn't what I'd consider a great song. It's a somewhat popular cult piece, for sure, but that doesn't automatically mean it's great. Some may disagree, but I don't think I've ever been able to sit through that whole thing - with the canned laughter and all. The main focus of that song is the lyrics/story, which I personally don't find all that engaging. It's a little too folky-corny ("Mighty Wind"-ish) for me. Maybe you'd want to hear it once, just to hear the story, but after that, why even listen again?