I've been wondering a lot about this topic lately. When I listen to music that I like, I feel to a degree that I simply cannot replicate in my everyday experiences with people, even in situations that would call for an intensified degree of feeling. As a result, my favorite types of music are the most extremely sensitive and emotional. Does anyone else experience this? Does everyone?
I also notice that my decision making is influenced by music. For instance, the other day I had inadvertently acted a bit like an asshole to someone I liked, and I realized that this was the case a couple of hours later when I was reflecting on our interaction together. At first, I thought, "oh well, they know me well enough that they probably understand I didn't mean anything by it." But then, as I went to go to sleep, and I put on my music (like I always do, I can't sleep without it), it got me thinking that I should write an apologetic email to that person. As the music progressed, and came to the climactic part of the song, I had fully decided that I should write them (for a number of emotional reasons, one among them being that this person was a fairly sensitive, fragile creature, and I felt really bad) and I promptly got up and did it. A little later, without my music on, I was a bit bewildered that I had decided to do that so rashly, and I almost regretted that I had. I have had many similar situations before and since this particular event.
It's as if the music turns me into the type of person who would make decisions on an emotional basis. And interestingly enough, I always value these rare decisions because they result in things that I would never imagine doing. Does this ring true for anybody else? I appreciate any comments you guys/girls wish to give.