What is more important: lyrics or music?
Now, I know the popular opinion is that music is more important. It just seems way more cool to be able to pass your feeling or emotion thorough some sounds, without saying a word. And besides, many people think that it's easier to write lyrics than compose music. And also there is classical music, which rarely uses any words. Music just seems to be... more spectacular.
For a long time I agreed with this. But the more I think about it, the more my opinion changes. Being able to write good lyrics (and not just any lyrics) is more work than it seems. It takes practice, just like playing an instrument. And professional singing requires just as much talent and work. From my perspective, you could even call your voice an instrument.
When we look at lyrics together with singing, it becomes very similar to music. It's composed of sounds and it has a message and it has its rhythm. Music is supposed to compliment the voice in many songs, like a supportive element, it's supposed to create the best atmosphere for comprehending the lyrics.
But what I mean here are, of course, good songs with actual meaning. Some catchy pop-stuff doesn't really have to have any sort of a system, it just has to be catchy. But it still requires some knowledge and work to make such a song. And in the end it's the catchy lyrics which gets in your head. It starts to spin there over and over and it doesn't even matter if you like the song or not.
There are even two ways of writing a song. Some people start with lyrics and some people start with music. And then there is a whole genre where lyrics is really dominant (though, I'm not a big fan of it, but rap does exist).
There are many more details about the whole thing, but the more I think about it, the more it seems to me that it's just impossible to decide which one is more important. I guess because they are supposed to work together, but let me know what you think.