bezoar
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What's The Deal With Music?

Sun Mar 25, 2007 10:05 am

I know music is at least as important to some of you as it is to me. I've been immersed in music all my life, and have rather discerning tastes. Perhaps related to what music we particularly like, there's something happening between us and music that is rather difficult to put into words.

Why we are attracted to music? If some music resonates within us in a special way, what exactly is it resonating with? And why would that be important?

I've not seen a discussion on this subject anywhere before. I have my own thoughts, but I invite yours.  Smile
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AsstChiefMark
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RE: What's The Deal With Music?

Sun Mar 25, 2007 10:11 am

It imitates the rhythms found in nature, which we find instinctually pleasurable.
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Halcyon
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RE: What's The Deal With Music?

Sun Mar 25, 2007 10:17 am

It's magic.

Lucas

PS-Have never been able to even come close to being able to sing or play an instrument...tried many times...definitely magic and witches going on...
 
tz757300
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RE: What's The Deal With Music?

Sun Mar 25, 2007 10:20 am

Quoting Halcyon (Reply 2):
definitely magic and witches going on...

Or little gnome lookin guys with your hair doin crazy things with your brain...
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stlgph
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RE: What's The Deal With Music?

Sun Mar 25, 2007 10:21 am

music makes the people come together.

on a dance floor.

where i grind up against them.

and turn them on.

and they touch me.

and it's magic.

like Je$u$.
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Halcyon
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RE: What's The Deal With Music?

Sun Mar 25, 2007 10:24 am

Quoting TZ757300 (Reply 3):

Or little gnome lookin guys with your hair doin crazy things with your brain...

And you have just solved the mystery of why I can't play a darn thing!  Big grin  silvermedal  He must be hiding somewhere though, because I thought I got rid of him and I still can't play....unless...maybe the damage is permanent! Oh dear...
 
tz757300
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RE: What's The Deal With Music?

Sun Mar 25, 2007 10:41 am

Quoting Halcyon (Reply 5):
He must be hiding somewhere though, because I thought I got rid of him and I still can't play....unless...maybe the damage is permanent!

Ha, you had to shave all your hair out, not just get a ridiculously bad haircut.

And why do I only get silver, I should have gotten gold.
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TedTAce
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RE: What's The Deal With Music?

Sun Mar 25, 2007 10:58 am

Music is so many things to so many people, but ultimately it touches the core of every individual.
As noted by:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 1):
It imitates the rhythms found in nature, which we find instinctually pleasurable.

Music touches the easiest sense to reach.
You don't have to open your eyes or look in a diferent direction,
You don't have to inhale or think about breathing.
You don't have to reach or allow yourself to be touched.
You don't have to open your mouth to taste it.
All you have to do is be able to percieve sound and it's there.
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bezoar
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RE: What's The Deal With Music?

Sun Mar 25, 2007 11:34 am

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 7):
TedTAce


Very nice, Ted. I think music is a universal language.

Imitating rhythms is a part of it, too. I wonder if emotions have their own beat or rhythm. (Will now anticipate another contribution from STLGph....)
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SmithAir747
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RE: What's The Deal With Music?

Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:27 am

Despite my lack of ears (from a birth defect), I have been a musician for my whole life. I seem to have an ear for music, as well as an internal sense of rhythm and music. I feel the "music" all around me in nature, architecture, design, everything; everything has a rhythm to it. I can sense it everywhere.

In fact, music IS my first language--depite my deafness.

My mom has told me that music played a very important role in my early life as "therapy" for my hearing impairment and my autistic isolation. (As a child, without any hearing, I lived in a totally silent world and had autistic tendencies).

I started to play the piano on my own, long before my parents discovered my hidden talent. Once they discovered it, by age 8, I was signed up for piano lessons (1984). I was fortunate to have two dedicated piano teachers who worked with me despite my profound hearing impairment. Since then I have been playing the piano! One valuable skill I learned was to sightread--now I can pick up most any piano sheet music and play it.

I also play the guitar and violin. In 2005, while here in London, I started teaching myself violin, and I write all my own music for it--by arranging my piano pieces for violin.

With my lack of ears, it is quite miraculous and ironic that I have always had an "ear" for music and the talent for playing music! I never cease to be amazed by this miracle. How could a guy like me with no ears have such an "ear" for music?

Music is the universal language. One very special friend of mine told me that if we ever came in contact with another intelligent civilisation in the Universe, they would very likely be able to understand music. I wholeheartedly agree with that!

SmithAir747

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stlgph
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RE: What's The Deal With Music?

Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:32 am

Quoting Bezoar (Reply 8):
(Will now anticipate another contribution from STLGph....)

yours truly went out and kicked it on the dance floor last night.

beat and rhythms totally get someone going and it spreads from one person to an entire crowd. there was a time when the beat dwindled down and so did the floor ... to about fifteen of us or so out there for about two minutes when ... when another pulsating beat started to a real pumped up techno version of "What A Feeling" from Flash Dance. it went from fifteen people to a packed floor in no time.

which is better for me, more people to rub against.

but, no, there definitely is a "feel" when you're out there kicking it ... and when the beat drastically changes or the DJ trainwrecks (which he did last night ... ugh!) it TOTALLY ruins the moment. and the buzz.
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