Why do we listen to music?

Without becoming overly analytical, for what reason do we listen to music? I often find myself using music as my "attitude adjuster". As many of us have found, we can create a feeling or a mood with a certain type or style of music. In many cases, this can be done regardless of our state of mind or mental "well being" at that time.

Needless to say, there is nothing quite like recreating a three dimensional image of a musical performance in your living room or listening room of choice. That musical performance may reflect the way you feel at that time or how you may wish to feel.

Are we, as audiophiles, more enthralled with the musical performance itself or, are we enthralled by our music system's ability to recreate that musical performance? Is it possibly both of those factors? Have we somewhat lost sight or focus? I have to state that I cannot find fault in either approach to musical nirvana.

I guess that this may sound like some type of a reality check. Ultimately, I would be interested in reading the responses from fellow Audiogon members. Some of us may find that responding may just be a reality check in itself. Hmmm.

Music is the universal language. Well, music, love and certain hand gestures.
The L.A. Times recently ran an article related to this subject from the standpoint of how our brains respond to music. I'm just going from memory, but basically a recent study using MRI's found that those of us with musical training (play an instrument, or have vocal training etc.) have significantly more development in one of the brain's frontal lobes versus non-musical people. The more accomplished a musician one beomes, the more active (and developed) this part of the brain also becomes.

In addition, the study found that the more we get the more we want. In other words, the more an individual developes this part of the brain through musical training, the more we enjoy stimulating it through playing music.

While the study didn't specifically address those of us who just listen to music, as opposed to play an insturment, it would seem to me a very reasonable assumption that it's an extension of the same basic mechanism at work in our brain. Certainly, those of us who enjoy music seem to develop the same sort of increasingly sophisticated appreciation of it over time, and also seem to crave it more and more as our ability to enjoy it at deeper levels increases.

So it would appear that music really does make a direct connection with our brain and communicates and stimulates it in very specific and measurable ways. And just like any other part of our body, the more we train it the more enjoyment we get from the using it. I think we audiophiles have always known this, but now it's been made "official."

Because music is emotional and we are emotional beings. we are all driven by emotion, and music is the greatest way to involve that emotion.
Because we have nothing better to do.I also assume that you are familiar with the term 'sublimation'.