How God nudges us through music,
Have you noticed how the very same piece of music can have different meanings at different times?
Let’s think about a hypothetical song and call it ‘N’. When you first heard N it didn’t really strike you, but after a couple of listens it began to stir a feeling of excitement and joy in you. This feeling lasted for a few more plays but after a few weeks of listening to the song the excitement waned and you began to find N to be rather boring. A few years later you heard the song again and it made you feel melancholy, evoking a time in the past when your sense of self was palpably different.
What the experiences I have described above should tell us about the song is that its meaning is not contained within the song itself but is instead located in our reaction to it.
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