This thread has come up before, but I'll respond anyway. I've never cried listening to music, nor has anyone that I know.....not that there's anything wrong with that.
It happens occasionally, although I think it is a function of the music more than the system. I suspect the same would have occurred on lesser systems wiht the same music. The one I remember most vividly was at Fidelis HiFi. Toward the end of a demo session, the owner played Israel Kamakawiwo Ole, Facing Future. I struggled to control the tears, staring up at the ceiling. This is some of the most beautiful, soulful music I have ever heard. I am not the only one; looking at the ratings of this disc on Amazon.com, I have never seen so many 5star ratings, such a lack of negative comment. If you have never heard this music, you must get it. If you are not moved by this music, seek an exorcist - someone has stolen your soul.
I have been actively listening to recorded music since I was 10. I have never been moved to tears until last year, and only twice, not balling, but tears were shed. Once was a Violin, the other was more lyrically based. I don't think you can have the same reaction listening to a table radio, you have to be able to feel the emotion in the music, and you have to have a system that is capable of amplifying that emotion. Or a really good table radio, whatever that is?
She was a graduating art student from Hawaii and I was an awkward workstudy student at UC Santa Barbara's University Center's Art Gallery. We hit it off and dated for a few weeks but she was leaving for a Europe tour with her friends. It was young love and it was sweet with lots of laughter and fun. Our last evening we said good bye in a heavy misty night. She told me she couldn't get too close because of a recent sexual assault on her but she'd write. I got a few post cards and then silence . When I hear "You Got to Follow Your Road" by Hawaii's Sea Wind, I cry for what happened to her. I don't listen to the album but once in a blue moon. Lots of us have memories with our music as it's been a soundtrack of our lives. We can crack jokes about technical failures, absurd resources spent, but this hobby always came down to our humanity in one form or other. Oh, yeah, I get a lot of smiles (from ME) from my system too. Enjoy and live on my fellow listeners.
I have been brought to tears while listening to music, but it has been more a confluence of circumstances that initiated them. My general emotional condition along with a moving piece of music played through a well thought out sound system has brought me to a melancholy that resulted in tears maybe a half dozen times. Feels great although I am somewhat embarrassed when it happens. BTW usually it is a beautiful classical piece on the table or a recording of the final out of the 2004 World Series.
My wife and I have cried many times.
For instance, my wife has cried when John Coltrane plays his solo on, "Flamenco Sketches".
As for myself, I have cried while listening to Billie Holiday, for example.
When I told my friend Terry, who is an audio consultant and retailer (and who, also, used to be the Viva distributor in the US) about crying to Billie Holiday, he said, "Well, OF COURSE you cried listening to Billie Holiday. You HAVE TO cry, when listening to Billie Holiday."
I wouldn't spend so much money on audio gear, if I was not capable of being so deeply moved by music. The goal of my system is to allow myself to be emotionally connected to the music that is played through it and to the artists playing that music, as much as possible.
Like Terry says, "When a jazz band's cookin', I want to be able to hear the smiles on their faces."
Nietzsche said, "Without music, life would be a mistake."
Just the other night I thought I was going to cry while listening to "Countdown to extinction" and I was not quite prepared for this type of musical experience! Can someone recommend which tissues are best to use when wiping one's tears. I was gravitating towards Kleenex but was advised to use Scott, which supposedly is better with a tubed equipment.
I would like to speak on behalf of all of us "comedians". It's all in fun and I don't think any harm was meant by anyone. When I listen to music, I am emotionally involved, it renews me on a spiritual level, but I guess, I just don't understand the crying thing. I listen to rock, jazz, classical, and blues, but have never come close to crying. When listening, I am usually smiling, totally involved, and do not want to be disturbed by anyone or anything. I guess I could see how one might cry while listening to Opera or something sad. Different strokes for different folks!
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Yes, but think of it as a very smart investment, as you can turn around and sell them for twice that after a single use. Just remember to mention that they've been "cry"-oed!
I suppose the "comedians" in this thread have never cried at a movie, either. For if they did, that would suggest that they have a greater emotional connection to the movies they watch.
Thus, for them, a tearjerker like Frank Capra's, "It's a Wonderful Life", would be more emotionally powerful that every piece of music ever recorded.
Nietzchelover, I would venture to say that most people on the planet have a greater emotional response to visual rather than auditory stimulus. I am one of the comedians and I have no problem stating that I have either shed a tear or held them back during an emnotional response to a movie. For me those emotional responses are linked to the human situation, such as love, forgiveness, sacrifice. That just doesn't happen when it comes to music, at least not for me!
LOL Rel - Good one!