I guess this is just a common human experience, being blissfully overwhelmed with emotion when we’re realizing something really really good is happening to us. Same thing next time may be good or even really good, but doesn’t produce the same effect.
Audiophiles happen to belong to the group of people seeking this experience in aural events reproduced by their systems. The higher resolving their systems, the better they’ll succeed in achieving these moments.
Others are visually inclined, or both visual and auditive. They, for example, see art and architecture, go to the movies (or have their own HT), use drugs, etcetera.
Not to mention the religious extatic experience. Of which we have so many examples in mostly medieval musical scores (which makes it full circle back to our hobby).
We can enjoy those ultimate moments and also share these with that wider audience of like minded people and be understood. Ain’t that a good thing!
Happy listening in 2024!
I can’t say that I take any pride in crying over mood and music that brings me to tears, but I certainly find no shame in it either. In fact, at times where I might otherwise feel emotionally dead or unaffected, I find it reassuring that there are things that can still elicit such emotions.
Two of my kids were in high school chorus. One concert in particular had such an effect on me that the tears returned when thanking the choral director after the show. From then after she ask me if I cried during a concert and I almost felt guilty if I didn’t.
There is a large, missing catalog of qualia we experience when listening to music not documented by science. Qualia is a mystery anyway, but music-related emotions are simply not documented.
When I was young in some music appreciation class, music was described in common emotional terms such as happy, sad, angry, whatever. For me, none of these emotions are involved in the emotional responses I experience. Music triggers something different than what are in the common list; totallly unique as far as I can tell.
Music taps something very special and unique. The qualia experienced requires further study.
BTW, I am not sure folks close to me would call me nostalgic, or soft, or whatever… quite the opposite I think.
I know my puppy has a tendency to pee whenever one of the kids comes home he hasn’t seen in a while. There’s probably only one cathartic bodily reaction better than a good cry it isn’t peeing or bleeding.
But Luca already alludes to that unscientific term of eargasm.
I took my two granddaughters to see the BalletMet performance of The Nutcracker in Columbus. When the flowers danced in the second act, my wife looked at me and asked, “Are you crying?”. I said yes, why aren’t you? I don’t know if it was the music or the dancers or both but it was purely beautiful. My four year old granddaughter was next to me and on the edge of her seat the whole performance.
Another factor was I hadn’t seen The Nutcracker for nearly twenty years. The last times were when my daughter danced on that stage while training at BalletMet Academy. They were small roles that the academy students got through competitive auditions. She did twenty-two performances over two years. She left the academy when she had to decide to become serious and attempt to go professional or give it up.