How do you listen to music - and is that the ‘right’ way?
This as the subject of a thread was prompted by a post in the Is the ND555 now the pinnacle of sound? thread, which evolved into a discussion of live vs recorded music, and one response included the comment: “either you are engaged with the violinist or have no idea of how one should listen to music”.
That got me thinking: how should one listen to music? Indeed, is there a “correct” way? How many ways are there? How does one learn? Here I am thinking in terms of listening for enjoyment of the music, as opposed to analysing it maybe to learn how it is constructed or how to play it.
To me, I have had no formal training in ‘how’ to listen to music, I just let it into my head through my ears, and feel parts of it through the rest of my body. Sometimes I may pick out different things in the music, perhaps focussing on a particular theme or instrument, other times not. Music that I like (and there is a lot that I don’t, or that to which at best I am ambivalent) induces pleasant feelings, engages me, can be uplifting, and I can very readily lose myself in it.
But I have no concept of how I ‘should’ be listening, or whether there is a better way, so it would be interesting to learn others’ views and experiences.