This has been something going on in my head and have been wondering for quite some time.
Years ago, with the launch of the Walkman, man was given the opportunity to bring his music with him wherever he wanted to go and have it with him anytime it was acceptable to have a huge yellow box hanging from his belt.
Now, with items like iPods, mobile phones, MP3 systems in our cars, etc.. we have our music everywhere. Our entire collection is accessible, in any location we want. Airports, Driving, working, bicycling, It has actually become the backdrop to our daily lives.
Music is now easier to buy as well. No longer do you have to go out and check the local record store (or sometimes several to find the album you wanted), you just sit down at your computer and most likely, download it off of your favourite MP3 web store. People don't even buy full albums anymore. Now you have the ability to listen to just that one song you heard on the radio. Its is so much easier then buying the single on a CD or vinyl which cost way more then .99 $,£,€.
With all this accessibility, however, music has went from something that you sat down and listened to, but merely the background to your life. Walking, driving, washing your car, working, cleaning your house or cooking, we constantly have music going in the background, but do we really actually listen to music anymore?
By actually listening to music, I mean taking an hour from your day, putting that new album, (yes, the whole album, not just several tracks you purchased from several artists and made your own compilation), and just listen to it?
An music artist normally produces an album to convey several ideas they had, or feelings of emotion, something that happened in their life wether it be special or tragic. Take all these elements and carefully put together the album from track 1 to 12 in the hopes you will enjoy the same journey they had.
This is something I have always loved to do, and still try and do as often as I can. Wait for the house to be empty, put the animals in one of the rooms and close the door so they will not bother me, grab my newest album and pop it in the CD player (or play it through the computer if its a digital release), sit down in front of the speakers and just absorb the album from start to finish.
When I do this, I feel more passion for the artists work and sometimes will listening to it again as soon as it ends. Taking in each element of each track and imagining what is going on, or in my head, creating my own story to go with each track.
It really is the best way to enjoy the music we love. Sure its nice to have the music on while doing stuff, I do all the time, but to actually take some time and really listen to it, this is a whole other experience.
So, do you really listen to your music?