Why do we understand music? That question really perplexes me. I'm sure there's an answer out there and psychologists have pondered this for decades already.
But think about it, as humans, we're very capable of misunderstanding a written or spoken sentence but if you listen to Nimrod from Enigma Variations, Elgar or I Can't Make You Love Me, Bonnie Raitt (aside from what the lyrical content suggests) you can listen to the music and understand the emotional intentions of the writer.
It's no coincidence that the more I understand music theory and the structure of written music, the closer I'm able to get to answering that question and understanding the tools and techniques that writers use to make us feel something when we listen to music!
Isn't that what music is all about?
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