View Full Version : Why do you listen to music?

May 4th, 2011, 3:23 AM
I seen this comment posted in another thread and it got me thinking.

I don't turn to songs for deep meaning--I turn to them for something to listen to when I need some background noise.

Everyone has their own reasons for listening to music.
For me it depends on what mood I'm in. If I'm in a sad mood I'll usually go find a song that has lyrics that relate to me or one that has a sad/relaxing melody to take my mind off things. If I'm in a happy mood I'll listen to songs that have a good beat to keep me in that happy mood. Or if I'm in the mood to work out I'll listen to music to get pumped up.
Also whenever I need to study for something I'll put music on just for the sake of it. Just to have a bit of backgroud noise.

So why do you listen to music?
Do you have multiple reasons?
Does it just depend on what mood you're in?

I'd like to hear your thoughts :)

May 4th, 2011, 8:58 AM
I will listen to music to fill the gap if it's not too distracting, but not just for that reason. Sometimes I'll use it as a kind of motivator, putting on some upbeat music when I want to feel active, or I need to be active and I don't want to be. :| Mostly though I play music to accompany what I'm doing. If I'm not doing anything in particular, like say, posting on a forum, I'll just play whatever so I don't have to hear the people next door or whatever other sounds might be around that don't fit my mood/activities.

May 4th, 2011, 9:30 AM
Music, for me, is one of the things I escape with from this thing called boredom. There are some songs out there that make me want to get up and dance to the beat. Others make me want to scream out loud to the lyrics. Music is a good motivator that keeps you going throughout the day.

May 4th, 2011, 11:38 AM
Music just makes me feel good, and it doesn't just have to be up-beat fun music. If I'm in a bad mood, somber music can pull me out of it. I just love listening to new styles and sounds, and the internet has made it so easy for me to discover new types and genres that I otherwise would never be exposed it. If I had to give up every other form of entrainment except for one, I would definitely keep music. I could live without internet, TV, movies, book, but not music.

May 4th, 2011, 11:50 AM
I listen to music because I listen to music. Because music is music, and nothing can beat music. When I'm feeling despondent, or when I want to switch on my energetic side, music accompanies me. Music keeps me running; it's fuel. Music gives me inspiration. It tells me what to do. When I'm angry and feel like screaming, music lets me. Even when I just want to fall asleep. The music I listen to can depend on my mood, but it's the same adrenaline rush.

May 5th, 2011, 3:35 AM
I listen to music for 2 reasons: the lyrics and the rhythm of the music.

May 7th, 2011, 7:19 AM
I listen to songs so I can hear something that associates with what mood I'm in, how I'm feeling, my current situation and just to drown out the world.

Shining Raichu
May 7th, 2011, 10:48 PM
I generally like songs I can in some way associate with a TV show I watch. If this makes sense, I sort of live my life through TV shows and other forms of storytelling, so in a way listening to songs I can relate to them is like listening to songs I can relate to me.

May 7th, 2011, 11:33 PM
It makes me feel good down there

It's a talent few people have, and when people sing/play music, they put their soul into it. If they don't,I stop listening.

May 8th, 2011, 11:24 AM
i listen to music because it helps me think up stuff.

May 16th, 2011, 10:48 AM
Because I like to listen to music that gets me motivated. Even those many others hate, but not all of them. But, I do like to listen to some classic music.

May 16th, 2011, 11:30 AM
There's probably a list of various reasons as to why I listen to music. Essentially, music has been my escape outside of reality. I can do with it what I wish whether it be to mope in my sorrows or to break out on the dance floor. My vocabulary in music is vast in that I listen to a variety of genres. There's never a limit to what I listen to or why. Sometimes it may be for the motivation and inspiration while at other times I just want that background noise I can get up and sing along with or get up and dance to.

What I listen to can also depend on my mood or even the time of day and the weather. If I'm feeling nostalgic about something, I'll play music that I used to remember playing at that moment of reminiscent. For instance, I remember when the Black and White forum was made public here, and I actively posted there. My background music to that was Miley Cyrus' "Can't Be Tamed" album. So, every time I'm in the mood or every time I listen to some of the tracks off of that album, I remember that certain time I shared in the Black and White forum.

I consider music to be a large part of my life, so it's always being played throughout my day, even now. But it's like I said, there's really no set list of reasons as to why I listen to it. Sometimes I just do because I just do; simple as that.

May 16th, 2011, 5:01 PM
Music is my escape from reality and something I can turn to when I'm not myself.
Plus, it covers up the noise my brother and sister make. :3

May 16th, 2011, 6:46 PM
It Keeps Me In Sanity While I Try And Ignore The Depressive thoughts That Roam My Head.

Liliana Vess
May 17th, 2011, 5:52 AM
Well for me music can sometimes be a way to escape to the past and bring back some nostalgia.
But most of the time i listen to it while i'm falling asleep to drown out the little voices in my head that keep drowning on and on with random crap that's worrying me and what's happened during the day ¬.¬

Elite Overlord LeSabre™
May 17th, 2011, 5:58 AM
It helps me escape, relax, and remember the past (since I mostly listen to 80's music). I also listen to music to lift my mood when I need it.

Music really does a variety of things for me, and I've always enjoyed listening to it in bed as I fall asleep.

The Jock
May 17th, 2011, 12:12 PM
I listen to music for a variety of reasons. It helps motivate me, yet it also distracts me and affects my mood. I also listen to it because it pleases my ears, so to speak. I guess it just affects my brain in a way that I can't really put into words and it's an essential part of my life.

May 17th, 2011, 1:51 PM
Music just makes everything better for me. I love listening to the emotion all different artists put into their songs. I honestly have no idea what I'd do without music.

May 18th, 2011, 6:44 PM
Finding a band or an artistis that speaks to you is like finding a new best friend for me. I go to music when i'm sad, happy, bored, tired, anything really :) and music is always there for any occassion.

May 18th, 2011, 9:50 PM
Yeah, I pretty much just listen to it in the background when I'm bored/playing games.

May 18th, 2011, 11:32 PM
I love listening to music.

I even own a Digital Radio.

My fave radio station is triple j (it's owned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation) cos it's full of comedy.

May 19th, 2011, 8:30 AM
So why do you listen to music? - A lot of reasons, actually. To escape problems, to express feelings. Most of the time it's just because I don't like it being quiet, I like background noise. <: Music play's a very big and important role in my life.

Usually for moods people play music to relate to their current mood, I however, play up-beating music when I'm depressed or sad. Or when I'm angry, I'll listen to a totally fun song. <:

King Of The Blues
May 19th, 2011, 9:09 AM
Why do you listen to music?

I listen to music because of the emotion, passion, heart, soul, genius, creativity and entertainment that can be found in most genres of music and songs. All of which the likes of Gary Moore, Carlos Santana, Brian May, Rory Gallagher and other provided.

Music is a drug to me, I just absolutely love finding a new song or just listen to an already discovered, masterpieces of art. For me, Gary Moore constructed so many great pieces of work and I cam feel the heart, sorrow, emotion and passion in all of them and that's why he's one of my favourite artists.

Music, like many other fine forms of arts can just drag you into another world and it's always there for you. What I love even more about music is the legacy it leaves behind. The performing musician will unfortunately never grace to Earth again, but his or her songs will always be with us.

May 19th, 2011, 9:32 AM
I just enjoy it really. For me it's no escape from the rest of the world. It holds virtually no emotional meaning for me, I'm not trying to use it to help me express however I'm feeling at the time. I just listen to whatever I feel like because I like how it sounds. Nothing more than that, really. I know it sounds shallow but whatever, I just don't draw anything emotional from music.

Cold Fusion
May 19th, 2011, 10:34 AM
I usually just listen to music whilst I walking by myself to the shops, it entertains me, but if I am in a bad mood and reading a book doesn't help, music can reflect my emotions back and ease my temper into my normal calm self again instead of rampaging in my mind or hitting something and injuring myself in the process.

Generally though, I have no attachment to music other than for boredom, but I do enjoy expanding my music genres and listening to more, I am constantly looking for more over the internet on YouTube or getting some suggestions through friends and family.

May 23rd, 2011, 12:50 PM
Man, my opinion is already in the opening post. Does this mean I don't get to reply? :P

Well, like I said in another thread (apparently! I already forget writing that, lol), music isn't a huge spiritual or meaningful thing for me. I like catchy music because I tend to just listen to something as background noise for the more important (to me) thing I'm doing at the time. The songs that usually end up having the most "meaning" to me are the ones I had on repeat during any given important time in my life--because when I go back to listen to them later, I remember those earlier times and I can nostalgia. I like video game soundtracks because I typically like playing the games and the music reminds me of them. That's all music is for me.

Sometimes I do come across a really beautiful piece but past making me feel good, I tend not to draw a ton of inspiration from it or anything.