I really love listening to music. It takes me to different places in my head, it changes my mood, it creates a soundtrack for my life. I have always wanted to learn an instrument… piano, guitar, trumpet, something. However, my problem is this:
I often find myself dissecting things to their smallest constituents. While I find that this provides me with a greater understanding of parts of the world, I also find that it takes away some of the “magic”. I end up looking at the individual pieces of something and making judgments about the whole based on that. [cliche] I have trouble “seeing the forest for the trees”; the “devil is in the details”. [/cliche]
So, musicians… having an understanding of the composition of music, when you listen to a song in the car, do you find that it takes away from some of the magic? If I listen to a song that has, say, a great guitar solo… It really affects me, but I wonder if it would affect me the same way if I knew how that solo was created from a technical level.
Is this an irrational problem? Does anybody else have this fear? Do you find that an understanding of musical composition adds or subtracts to your enjoyment of music? If you are like me and have an excessive attention to detail, do you find that you “dig too deep” into the structure of a song? Can you ever just let it take over you as a whole piece?