Are you listening to music or hearing it?
Well, in the last time I must think a lot about an aspect Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes) explains to Billy Hoyle (Woody Harrelson) in White Man Can’t Jump. Deane says that there is a difference between listening to music and hearing music. I totally agree.
Most of the time I listen to music. I work on some stuff, cleaning up my room or doing anything else and almost all the time sound is coming out of my boxes. But every once in a while I sit down put on some tunes and doing nothing else but hearing music. I can imagine you all know what I am talking about. But when are these moments? When are you hearing music? In my opinion these are times when I can stare into infinity, think about nothing special. I turn up the volume to the maximum and fall into the acoustic world.
But is there a difference in the music you are listening to or hearing? Are there special kinds of bands, genres or songs you are hearing when you wanna get lost?
I really love to hear classic parts of soundtracks. One example is the song Air by Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion from the movie Collateral. Originally the song is by Johann Sebastian Bach. In the movie Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx are cruising through LA in a cab. And when the song appears you can see the cab from above and the scenery of LA.
I remember one night when I was in NY and I was visiting a friend of mine in Brooklyn. Later the night I was driving back to Manhattan and put on the song on my iPod. I drove over the Brooklyn Bridge and it was a magical moment: sitting in the cab, watching the skyline of Manhattan and hearing these beautiful tunes.
And in my opinion when you get lost and think about nothing special your mind is relaxing but gets lots and lots of inspiration. I get lots of ideas when I am doing nothing else but hearing music. Especially when I am sitting in the car driving (passive) through the country.
What are your kinds of music you are hearing? And tell me your difference between listening to music and hearing music.