I have tried, in the required school music classes, for example. I don't understand what benefit people see in it, so I don't know what to look for.

Do you enjoy other types of art? If you do, and can describe what you like about that, perhaps we can suggest particular music that might appeal to you.

If music doesn't resonate emotionally with you, there is also intricately patterned music that appeals to me in a more mathematical way. Bach's fugues, particularly his "little fugue" in G minor, are a good place to start. Following along with the sheet music may help with appreciating the clever ways in which the different voices relate to each other.

As for appreciating music emotionally, I find ... (read more)

5Adele_L7yFor me, it's not something I have to look for at all. It just, happens... Being introspective (which is notoriously unreliable), it feels like my enjoyment of it is basically a combination of enjoying repetition/structure plus valuing novelty (so the repetitions change enough to avoid being boring), in the auditory modality. I enjoy the same sort of thing in other modalities as well: * Sight: looking at highly patterned art, for example, this visualization of the Mandelbrot set [http://www.misterx.ca/Mandelbrot_Set/Mandelbrot_Set-12-DOUBLE_SPIRAL-large.jpg] . * Kinesthetic: things like dancing, tapping patterns on my leg, sex. * Taste: I like alternating bites of my food to make the flavors form a pattern. For example, when I eat rice, I will often split it into two portions, and put soy sauce on one, and lemon juice on the other, and alternate the bites so I get a pattern of flavors. And sometimes I switch it up to a few bites of each alternating, etc... * Abstract thought: enjoyment from thinking about math seems to be a similar thing as well. In particular, abstract algebra. Going through the proof of the Sylow theorems [http://www.math.uconn.edu/~kconrad/blurbs/grouptheory/sylowpf.pdf], for example, gives me enjoyment analogous to listening to a grand symphony. I can't think of anything like this for smell, but I have a very weak sense of it. Anyway, I hope this at least helps you understand what most people get out of music, even if you don't enjoy it yourself.

More "Stupid" Questions

by NancyLebovitz 1 min read31st Jul 2013498 comments


This is a thread where people can ask questions that they would ordinarily feel embarrassed for not knowing the answer to. The previous "stupid" questions thread went to over 800 comments in two and a half weeks, so I think it's time for a new one.