Why can't I "hear" lyrics to songs? I know they're there, but I don't notice them the same way other people do.
I have a pretty good ear for music, and I can transcribe music with a reasonable
level of competence. But I'm totally useless with remembering lyrics, and even hearing them. It's like they're there, but I don't even notice them.
Months and sometimes years after I hear a song, I find myself humming an instrument part from the song. My wife will say, "what song is that?" I dunno. "Well what's it about?" No idea. This is frustrating.
This is sort of amplified by the fact that my wife is pretty good at remembering lyrics. Sometimes when I want to sing a song I've heard a million times, I'll start singing like:
"Cuz we are living in a material girl..." and then get shouted down by whoever I'm with. That seems like a pretty obvious case, but I swear, I just get the lyrics mixed up.
What's the deal? Am I just too focused on the music part? Is it normal for people to lack the ability to focus on both music and lyrics at the same time?
No dyslexia or other learning disorder that I know of.
I just spend so much time listening to music that I would think I'd have the lyric thing down by now.