Originally Posted by A Y
I'm glad someone is more OCD about this than I am.
I don't think it's so offensive when it comes to jazz, since so much of jazz appropriates the melodies of songs anyway. What I do have a problem with is when people refer to a Beethoven piano sonata as a "song".
In a more general sense, "song" for me conveys some form of storytelling, with buildup, climax, and dÃ©nouement, delivered homophonically with clear and discrete phrasings. it is very possible for a piece of music to be recognizable as "song" even if there are no words. I actually wrote a series of piano pieces called "Apple Blossom", and I'd have no problem with anyone calling them "songs", because that's what they are, in essence.
A dynamically homogenous house track, on the other hand, is a "song" in no sense of the word. It is a piece of music designed to be blended into other pieces of music, and is not concieved in terms of beginning, middle and end. On the other hand, would you ever consider fading out a Johnny Cash song right before the last verse?