I may be asking for trouble (I do that alot), but this is the question I've been mulling over the last couple of days.
First of all, the setting:
I realized recently that most of the music I say I enjoy listening to appeals to me entirely on an aural level. I enjoy the sound
of what I'm listening to, though I'm seldom moved by it.
HIP is a good example. I really like the sound of period instruments. But, I realized recently that I've never actually been inspired or moved by anything I've heard on them.
Visceral reactions to music were, I admit, a lot more common with me when I was younger. But, even now, certain pieces can stir up my emotions and give me highs or lows, or sometimes both within the same work. But, those experiences are getting rarer as I get older.
Don't get me wrong - I still love music even when the appeal is only aural. But, once in a while I feel like something is missing.
Anybody know what I'm talking about?
Smart-aleck answers thoroughly anticipated.