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.