On an airplane, and I’m searching through my phone’s playlist for things I used listen to but don’t really anymore. I came up with this, in order:
• Eric Ewazen Sonata for Trumpet
• Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Really happy, then really angry.
I found that when I led off with the Ewazen upper, I was too happy to be angry with Linkin Park, and instead just found myself enjoying the band’s sound. The Ewazen gave me a more detailed emotional narrative so that when I came to Linkin Park, the emotions were not affecting me in any way, yet I still find the literal sound interesting enough to listen on.
The two pieces fulfilled two different functions: Ewazen was entertainment for my heart and brain, which like to be stimulated by finer textures, interesting or unique harmonies and tonalities, more specific emotional material.
LP was entertainment for my [soul?], which likes to hear music and sound purely for the aesthetic qualities.
So, two very different pieces of music performing entirely different functions.
For what functions do you listen to music?
For what functions do you write music?