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Well said.

It may seem goofy, but I often wake up hearing a song from a particular artist or an era playing in mind (or several songs in a row) and plan that day to listen to those LP's. I grew up playing classical music pretty intensively (also big-band jazz) when I was a young feller. When you're rehearsing a piece you hear it in your mind all the time, every note on the charts means something. Hearing it like that is necessary to get proficient at playing it.

The thing that makes record-listening a distinctive hobby is what you refer to as "foreground" listening. I explain to non-musical people that "I listen to music in a focused way, like you'd read a book let's say." Having an LP there to experience the touch and feel engages you so as to enhance the experience.

I may be wrong but it seems that the majority of folks listen to music today the way we used to listen to the AM car radio when we were kids- just pushing the station buttons until a familiar ditty appears. That's all good- it's just for the pure enjoyment and ditties are an important part of a healthy brain- read the little article below. Who doesn't still sing the "Alphabet Song" occasionally to remember the order of the letters? Maybe that's why a good rock song needs a good hook. Its working a different part of the brain however than genuine music listening.

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  • Well said. - mr.bear 09:43:03 03/16/17 (0)


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