OK, though I've been in the music business for far too many years, much of that in Nashville where songwriters are king, I've never stopped to read the dictionary definition of "song" before today. And yes, you are 100% correct with the idea that a song contains lyrics, or is "suggestive of a song" if not (whatever that means). And in the future it may be best to only use "Song" to mean lyrics/vocals. But…EdwardKiy wrote: ↑30 Mar 2021I beg of you, give me a link to a dictionary which has this broadest sense of the word song which means any piece of music, because I think I might be going crazy here. To me that sounds like "boxing was meant in the broadest sense - you know, where you can use guns, rocks and roundhouse kicks".
…the "problem" IMO is that just about EVERYONE uses the word "song" in their competition name or description. In a quick search over the last year I found three "song competitions" here at ReasonTalk, most of which had instrumental tracks submitted/winning (didn't do a full scientific study on this, there may be more "song" competitions, and there may be more vocal entries, aka "songs", than I found).
Even the Reason 1.0 competition announcement on Twitter says: "𝑪𝑨𝑵 𝒀𝑶𝑼 𝑴𝑨𝑲𝑬 𝑨 𝑺𝑶𝑵𝑮 𝑼𝑺𝑰𝑵𝑮 𝑶𝑵𝑳𝒀 𝑹𝑬𝑨𝑺𝑶𝑵 1 𝑫𝑬𝑽𝑰𝑪𝑬𝑺?"
So, much like calling tracks "stems", calling the act of setting basic levels in a DAW "gain staging", or even calling Live "Ableton", seems everyone is using "Song" to mean "composition". And just like "sick", "bad", "cool", now have totally different meanings, expect more words to follow, and choose your battles (semantics matter totally to me with technical descriptive terms, in music terms not so much).