Last Updated on July 31, 2023
My relationship with music has previously been discussed on my blog. I’ve described bits and pieces in Daily Prompt: A Source of Anxiety, Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo, and Do You Understand Everything When You Listen to a Song?
To clarify something that has been misinterpreted in the past: I am NOT saying that I hate music. I don’t hate music. Music is okay.
I simply don’t need it. I feel no connection with it. Some people say things like, “That song really speaks to me!” I can’t say I’ve ever felt that way before. Most songs only interrupt my thoughts and limit my ability to concentrate.
When I drive, the radio is off.
When I study, you’ll find me somewhere in complete silence.
Even at parties, I find it extremely difficult to “feel the music.”
At most, I can tolerate yoga music and some classical or instrumental stuff. Anything with lyrics – I’ll pass.
My friend told me she found an interesting article online this month and it reminded her of me!
The article is called:
The Actual Neuroscience Behind Why Some People Don’t Like Music.
This article (Source link removed since website was taken offline) is describing people that sound like me. There’s been a scientific study analyzing why some people’s brains respond (or don’t respond) to the sound of music. I’m fascinated and I wish this study offered a little more concrete information. I already assumed my brain doesn’t respond to music in the same way as most people’s. I want to know why. What is the specific cause?
So anyway, I guess I have “specific musical anhedonia.” None of this surprises me, I just never knew there was a term for it. At least when people ask me what my favorite song is and I have to pause, think, and make something up, I won’t feel as self-conscious about it anymore.
Do You Understand Everything When You Listen To a Song?
I wish I had more of an appreciation for music. For whatever reason, I don’t like it.
I don’t like to have background noise when I study and I never listen to the radio when I drive. I’m just not a music-y kind of person. (Which is a little ironic considering I’m a true auditory learner).
Lately, I’ve been sitting down and trying to figure out my life. Why don’t I like music? What is it about total silence that I find so invigorating?
Now, I haven’t quite figured out what my deal is- but a different thought crossed my mind! When I listen to music, my brain doesn’t process the lyrics! Do people really understand all of the words when they listen to a song?
It’s not that I can’t be bothered- I want to understand the words- but I can’t. I listened to a few songs over and over again and no matter how loud I made it and how closely I listened, I couldn’t make out the words. I’m not even talking about heavy metal. This applies to everything from country to slower-paced pop songs.
The only music I can somewhat tolerate is instrumental music (I don’t mind the soundtracks from Studio Ghibli films or Lindsey Stirling’s songs) and I think it’s because the songs only consist of instrumental sounds- no words!
Perhaps this whole thing just goes back to the whole “introverted personality type” thing that I had started to investigate a few months back. Wow, I’ve discovered so much about myself this year.