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Series focusing on music: Are you really listening to music, or just hearing it?

Musings from the Maestro: Music | Are You Really Listening?

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Hello Broads!

I’m so pleased to introduce a new series on The Bonafide Broad blog! It’s called Musings from the Maestro. We have a fantastic new contributor, The Maestro, who loves all things music. His (yes, our first male contributor!) name in the real world is Ryan, and he has volunteered to share some his introspection with us. This series will be published on the last Wednesday of every month. We hope to share thoughts from The Maestro on all things music, including influential artists, historical styles, lyrics and their meanings, reviews of music-related products, and more. I can’t wait to see where this goes! Hope you enjoy!


Here is The Maestro’s introductory post:


Music | Are You REALLY Listening?

For centuries, all around the world, music has been the inspiring, uplifting, creative, consoling, angering, endearing, driving art form for many walks of life. From the long flowing strings of Mozart, to the short plucking strings of bluegrass, and from the twangy sounds of country to the upbeat foot tapping tones of pop, there is something for everyone to enjoy or be entertained by (whether they know it or not).


Man relaxing and listening to music on a stereo.


Music is powerful. It moves people, not just physically, but emotionally and intellectually. Whether you’re a head bobber, a sing along-er, a foot tapper, a dancer, or just a listener, you can find yourself hypnotized by the instrumentals or lyrics of your favorite artists or bands.

I often say that there is a difference between hearing and listening. I learned that from my mom. When I was younger, she would ask me to repeat what she just said to me, and usually all I could say was “Uh, I wasn’t listening.” Taking this little lesson and applying it to other aspects of my life has helped me to communicate better with people and understand things that are often overlooked.


Abstract Music


I really noticed my mother’s lesson in action when I listened to music; it gave me a whole new outlook and appreciation for the art form. These days people are moving so fast, overlooking the details and just accepting the short version of things. People don’t often take the time to stop and really listen. This is one of my fears, and a place I don’t want society going.

When we first become young adults, we start to realize how fast life goes by. What we don’t realize until we are nearing the end of our life journey, is that we maybe didn’t grasp or experience as many emotions, knowledge, or moments as we could have. These are often regrets, or missed opportunities, and we all have them. That’s why I want people to slow down and take interest and pride in the minute details of everyday life. A great place to start practicing this is with music.


Sheet music with headphones


Attention to detail is a rare attribute, but it’s one of the most important ones you can have. Being attentive towards all aspects of what goes into making music, especially from a producing and listening standpoint, has really been a saving grace for me.

I have encountered many miseries and obstacles in my life, just as we all have. I know I will continue to experience these kinds of things. In the past, I found myself struggling to deal with my thoughts and emotions. So I began looking for outlets and places to turn for relief. Sports were the most helpful for me, but I noticed that they only really helped when I was on the field or the court. At this point in my life, I didn’t want to vent or talk to anyone about my problems. This was because I had developed a horrible habit of demanding dominance over my emotions and not allowing them flow freely.


Vintage record player


But then I encountered an artist whose music changed my life, healed my emotional wounds, and made me fall in love with the beauty of creativity and self expression. Since then, I have been obsessed with the making of and listening to music. I am still constantly learning all I can about music today.

I want you to ask yourself: are you REALLY listening to music, or just simply hearing it? This is so important, because the difference can change your life. I’m not an expert and I certainly don’t know everything, but I want to open a door that can help others find a true passion and appreciation for music, just as I have. My hope is that we can spread the love of music. I’m optimistic that if we all work together, we can bring back the days of really listening to music, and not just simply hearing.


No music, no life--Neon Sign


So here’s to opening our minds and our hearts, not just our ears!


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I am a 22-year-old guy, born and raised in Flagstaff, AZ. Some of my favorite things are sports, music, good beer and better company. I bring home the bacon by working for the Flagstaff Unified School District. My free time is spent with my family and close friends, sometimes coaching high school football, and, of course, watching sports.


  1. N. Estillos says:

    Music can drive your soul. You jam to it when you are in a good mood and listen to it deeply when life has slowed you down. I can’t live without music!!

  2. ana says:

    It is so true, just like when you take the time to listen to someone who is speaking to, when we take the time to truly listen to music it really is a magical experience. I use music in many aspects of my life and I find it to be a great healer as well.

  3. Jennifer Prince says:

    My husband and I were JUST having this conversation. I listen to all of the words to determine the meaning of the song. He just likes the beat. Of course I like the beat, too, but I kind of what to know what kind of message the song is sending. <3

  4. Sheree says:

    This is a very interesting and thought provoking post! Music is part of our everyday life.

    xo Sheree

  5. jhilmil says:

    You’ve raised such an important point here, I think most of us are just hearing the music, without actually feeling the emotions from within. And once we start feeling it life can really look happier. I have experienced this myself.

  6. Music is itsself a great therapy..it helps u to grow.. Make u calm.. This one will be a great series for music lover.. So eagrly waiting for wedneday to learn more about music.

  7. I strongly agree with your point. Listening and hearing are two different things. And we tend to hear things that are not of any interest to us but we are always a keen listener and actually understand what the other fellow is speaking when it makes sense to us. Same goes for music, we hear it when we just want to stay away from the background noise or chit-chats but we listen to it when we are emotional (be it happy or sad).

  8. I definitely relate to this. I’ve always loved music. But I don’t think I gained a true appreciation for it until I really heard it. My favorite band is The Dave Matthews Band and after listening and appreciating them I can appreciate other music in ways I couldn’t before. Music is such a big part of my life and I love it so much.

  9. Chelsea says:

    Hearing music and listening to music are two totally different things. Feeling music is something else too. I think we often get caught up and don’t even realise the lack of attention we pay to simple things like music.

  10. London Mumma says:

    I am not major music person, but on a rare Sunday free, there is nothing I enjoy more than relaxing to something soulful or even some old skool reggae to get me in a good relaxed vibe mood.

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