Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sometimes It's Nice To Have No Words

I listen to Pandora a lot while I'm working. A few months ago, I was listening and the first few notes of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" came on. I LOVE Katy Perry. All her songs are my jams. But when it was time for her to start singing, she just ... didn't. The whole song was just the instrumentals, the background music she sings over. I didn't know that artists even released instrumentals! And I had never thought about background music before, and how cool it can be on its own.

Here, take a listen:

After I heard that, I started listening for the background music in pop songs a lot more often. And not even just KP songs. I mean, listen to "This is What It Feels Like"! Or "Counting Stars"! Or "American Girl"!

It turns out you can't download the "official" instrumentals from iTunes, but you can buy the karaoke versions, which are pretty similar, if not completely identical (depending on the version). Some of Katy's other songs I'm planning on downloading, as soon as I get around to buying a new iTunes card:

I love the heaviness of the notes, and how not like the original it sounds. I mean, I love the actual song too, but it's neat how the music is so different when there's no one singing over it.

Wide Awake
When "Wide Awake" first came out, I didn't really like it all that much. But it's grown on me a lot. The instrumental helped.

Still one of my favorite KP songs. It sounds just like you'd expect it to.

Do you like instrumentals? What are your favorite Pandora channels?


  1. Yay, Katy Perry! I can't wait to listen to all of these today! :)

  2. I really enjoy VSQ-esque versions of songs, but I haven't checked out any quite like this, I'll test out the Katie Perry first :)

  3. On all my flights with American Airlines this year, they played instrumental versions of popular songs, some recent and some older. The ones I remember are "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons, "Bubbly" by Colbie Callait, "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban, and my favorite, "firework" by Katy Perry. I love her music!