classification with specificity serves a purpose in cataloging large amounts of data. tune, song, melody, composition — they are all forms of “pieces”. etude and movement would refer more to style or purpose. but they can also be “pieces”. that’s just a generic name for any musical work or “any” work of art can be called a “piece”. but that word has no emotional value it is generic. It is plain. It carries nothing evocative whatsoever. song, tune – despite having specific meanings, nevertheless, both convey better, the sense of something carried from a dream into waking and haunting in the background of the imagination. melody would be a little too positive – even tune is a little too bright. Communication for me is not about specificity of classification but about evocative affect. you may just consider this an excuse for sloppy word choices, but my intuition picks the words that fit that I want to convey in some sense. all that said, I like the pedantic that you give, because I’m the same way with many things.

classification with specificity serves a purpose in cataloging large amounts of data.

tune, song, melody, composition — they are all forms of “pieces”.

etude and movement would refer more to style or purpose.

but they can also be “pieces”.

that’s just a generic name for any musical work or “any” work of art can be called a “piece”.

but that word has no emotional value

it is generic. It is plain. It carries nothing evocative whatsoever.

song, tune – despite having specific meanings, nevertheless, both convey better, the sense of something carried from a dream into waking and haunting in the background of the imagination.

melody would be a little too positive – even tune is a little too bright.

Communication for me is not about specificity of classification but about evocative affect.

you may just consider this an excuse for sloppy word choices, but my intuition picks the words that fit that I want to convey in some sense.

all that said, I like the pedantic that you give, because I’m the same way with many things.

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