I definitely experience chills while listening to music. Sometimes I experience even more than chills, where I feel like the sky is opening up, or a very intense emotional connection with the music. It's like the song colors my world, the sounds become a part of the scenery around me, or I can go on various emotional adventures with the music. And according to the Big 5 personality test, I score highest in "openness to experience."
I think this song is the most shiver inducing one for me:
I love the intensity of the second half of the piece. I can also feel shivers from less intense pieces as well.
“Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings -- always darker, emptier and simpler.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
I remember reading something about how music can evoke certain emotions because apparently different tones and notes mimic different emotions in some sympathetic way. Like, for example, you can imagine a sad song and there is a quality sometimes of sad music in that it can sound like a wail or a cry, etc. So, it could even be Nickleback (ugh) if it hit the right sequence of tones and sounds to tap into that layer of our minds.
This totally makes sense to me because I have come to this conclusion on an instinctive basis.
I have noticed how certain chord progressions feel like they are directly hitting an emotional nerve causing a reflex like reaction or as if the music and emotion play in the same frequency. For me, classical music feels like it accesses very strong, primitive, deep set emotions, whereas (certain) contemporary music seems to tap into specific, delicate and more complex feelings. Both can be utterly spine chilling for me.
Originally Posted by Tiltyred
I get chills, and worse, tears. The tears are really embarassing. I get tears from beautiful art, too (but I don't recall chills from art, come to think of it).
I know, me too.
I cry more about beauty or some sort of powerful expression in the arts than I do when I'm actually sad.
INFP 4w5 so/sp
I've dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas;
they've gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind.
- Emily Bronte
I always thought my reaction to music was strange. The music doesn't matter, either. No particular genre will trigger it. Just certain songs. It gives me a feeling of being alive. I really don't know how to describe it without sounding nutty.