I discovered this way of listening to music about 40 years ago. It works great! Just turn all the lights off before you sit down to listen, close your eyes and be transported to another place (by the music). Have you ever noticed how some people close their eyes at a concert? It is to get this same benefit. There is actual science behind this phenomenon; it is called “Sensory Deprivation.” If you deprive (turn off) all of your 5 senses except one (in this case - hearing), then that one activated sense will be heightened and perform better than usual. Give it a try - don’t be afraid of the dark! Friends who come over for a “music evening” have told me how much more they enjoy the music (and the illusion that the performers are right in front of you) when the room is dark. NO DISTRACTIONS = BETTER EXPERIENCE. Let me know if you have tried this way of listening and your impressions of it.
Thanks for listening,
P.S. This is also a great way to subdue (shut up) the occasional “talker” who can’t seem to stop talking when the music begins. These “not really a music lover” types do not get invited back for listening sessions (although our friendship continues, of course, in all other areas of life).