Do We Really Hear When We Listen??

Question: When we listen to music, do we really hear it?



 Here's why I ask. When I listen to music, of course I have a tendency to listen to certain parts or portions or instruments in the song (being an instrumentalist, I find it hard not to focus on a trumpet or any wind instrument that I hear). I initially zero in on the lead instrument or lead ensemble if it's jazz or any music for that matter. On a vocal piece, I leisurely focus on the background, the instrumentation. Overall, I listen to instruments. However, an outstanding vocal performance will always catch my attention.

But I have a fun challenge for you. The next time you hear a familiar vocal tune, really listen and try not to sing along---try not to dance or even show any outward sign of "groovin'" to the tune. Just LISTEN and try to HEAR everything that's making that song appealing to YOU. I can almost guarantee that you'll HEAR instruments or background singing that are actually supporting and enhancing the lead singer or instrument. Try to resist dancing to a funk beat and LISTEN and HEAR the rhythm of the other instrument that supports or contributes to making it funky.



Just take time to challenge yourself--not to do your usual. I believe you'll be surprised at what you hear--- and in the end, you’ll really appreciate the music you LISTEN to and HEAR even more.



Hey. . . then drop a comment to me and tell me what you think.  

2 comments

  • Angela Gordon
    Angela Gordon
    Hello Guymon, I'm just sending a note in regards to your e-mail "Are You Really Listening". I ALWAYS listen to the background singers and the instruments being played in a song, that's what makes songs my favorites. Also, certain lyrics in songs will tend to be my favorite part of a song. I've always been more of a listener/observer anyway ;-)

    Hello Guymon, I'm just sending a note in regards to your e-mail "Are You Really Listening". I ALWAYS listen to the background singers and the instruments being played in a song, that's what makes songs my favorites. Also, certain lyrics in songs will tend to be my favorite part of a song. I've always been more of a listener/observer anyway ;-)

  • The Gherk
    The Gherk
    I have always been a word person, but when I hear the sound of a trumpet, my ears perk up and gentle memories caress my mind and envelop me.

    I have always been a word person, but when I hear the sound of a trumpet, my ears perk up and gentle memories caress my mind and envelop me.

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