I am listening to ‘Title of Record’ by Filter. It’s not normally my kind of music but I’ve listened to it so often that I like it.
Before I moved to the IOM I would regularly visit my friend’s house and play two player (or take turns at one player) games on his playstation, or watch videos. During the game playing he would always play his music, which at the time was virtually the polar opposite to my own taste. But because I was having so much fun on the computer games I would tolerate it. I also admit to valuing the company. We were good friends and would act stupid in ways that entertained eachother a lot.
The point is, I hypothesise that I have associated that music (and others) with fun times and have grown to like them.
It could just be that I like them anyway, but as I said the ‘type’ of music is not my taste.
And so to the point of the thread In your opinion, does your emotional state at the time of hearing certain music affect your appreciation of that music significantly for the rest of your life?
Let’s say a certain music was playing at a… prom (we Brits don’t have proms, but this is for argument’s sake) you dismiss it as just another song.
Now let’s put you in an alternate universe. You are at the same prom, the same song is playing, but this time you see the girl (or boy) of your dreams. You fall in love at first sight.
How much more do you appreciate that song in universe 2 than you did in universe 1?