Listen to music

Today I tried an interesting experiment. I simultaneously played Ysaye violin sonata no. 4 and “Walk Away,” by Paula Deanda (pop song). Now I love both songs, they feed my brain in different areas. Just so you know what I’m talking about, the Ysaye sonata is very emotionally angsty and powerful… incredibly emotional.  The Deanda song has four chords that repeat over and over. The chord changes are every two beats. If the musical works were sweets, the Deanda is more of bag of Milano cookies, while the Ysaye is a spicy, multi-layered, peppered, full plate of food.

So when I listened to both at the same time, the Ysaye was just too complicated to follow. You don’t even have to really listen to the Deanda song to enjoy it. It just sounds like a perfectly normal pop song. Sometimes Milano cookies are very nice, but man does not like on tasty cookies alone.

What I think is that modern ears are too used to relatively simply works, so a song or piece with more complexity than the average pop song is too complicated for average ears to follow. That’s why people get super bored at Classical concerts, because they can’t focus on music for that long because of habitual listening to the pop stuff. here is what I suggest to everyone: non-pop music has a lot of really great, powerful stuff. Start listening regularly (not just the goofy stuff on the radio, that’s a step, but it’s mostly muzak), you will tune/balance your mind a bit to be able to listen better to meaningful works (not that there aren’t meaningful pop songs). Check out some of the famous works from the library, or llisten to a on-line radio station.

There is a large online collection for ucla students

You can start any way, really. Let’s say you only know that Yo-Yo Mah plays cello. Look him up. Find out what you like.

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1 Response to “Listen to music”


  1. 1 Klnghoffer May 19, 2015 at 1:14 am

    What’s up, I check your blogs regularly. Your story-telling style is awesome, keep up the good work!


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