Peter Clark Posted July 26, 2008 Share Posted July 26, 2008 Hmm... Respectfully, I would suggest that the zombified looks are more likely to indicate that they are listening to it! (taken from the thread "What's happening in the schools") But do people generally listen to music? Or do they just hear it? There is a Peanuts cartoon where Lucy meets Schroeder (the great Bethoven fan and pianist) who has just bought a record of a Brahms symphony. She asks him what he is going to do with it. "I am going to listen to it," he says. "You mean you are going to dance to it?" asks Lucy "No, I am going to listen to it," says Schreoder again. "You mean you are going to march round the room to it?" "No, I am going to listen to it," says Schroeder again, to which Lucy replies, "That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard". There is truth in this. To hear music is passive - it is something that is done to you wheras to listen to music is active in that it is something you do so there is engagement between you and the performer. The proliferation of canned music everywhere we go means that music itself is no longer regarded as something special. And one theory states that the louder music is playing in a pub the more you drink since conversation becomes increasingly difficult as the noise level rises. If you are talking you are not drinking.... Just a few Saturday morning thoughts. Peter Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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