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Have you ever been afraid to listen to a song too often as you are afraid to destroy it by over-exposure? It ahppens to me all the time.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 11 October 2018 13:22 (two months ago) Permalink

The current example is "Fly" by Low:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5Enxzh-O9Y

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 11 October 2018 13:23 (two months ago) Permalink

In my student days we had a list of CDs we were only allowed to listen to once a week in case we ruined them for ourselves, from memory this included

Soft Machine Volumes 1 & 2
Kraftwerk 1
Superfly
GYBE - f#a#oo
Aphex Twin Come To Daddy EP
Probably Forever Changes and Barrett and a few more

Not sure if it worked as we were well on our way to moving on to other stuff by that point anyway. I do still like all of those, but haven't listened to any of them obsessively since then.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 11 October 2018 13:33 (two months ago) Permalink

Once you've ruined a song, is it ruined forever? or does an adequate rest period bring it back to life?

enochroot, Thursday, 11 October 2018 14:17 (two months ago) Permalink

I totally do this, for both songs and albums. I avoid listening too much, so I don’t “wear them out.”

brush ’em like crazy (morrisp), Thursday, 11 October 2018 14:21 (two months ago) Permalink

Once you've ruined a song, is it ruined forever?

In German we say "Zeit heilt alle Wunden" (time heals all wounds) I guess that is true for (temporarily) ruined music too. So if you wait long enough, the beauty will be back. I even think music which you have loved and which has "died" due to over-exposure can come back even stronger after many years as you will never forget the magic of the early encounter whereas you can forget about the time in-between.

By the way the same thing happened to me with black olives. I liked them in the beginning, ate too many, could not smell olives for more than ten years and now love calamata olives even more than ever.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 11 October 2018 14:53 (two months ago) Permalink

I can never hear a song like “Like a Rolling Stone” with fresh ears, even though it’s a terrific song and I’m a huge Dylan fan. Hearing it 10,000,000,000 times over the years has that effect.

brush ’em like crazy (morrisp), Thursday, 11 October 2018 14:54 (two months ago) Permalink

do not listen to it for 20 years and we talk about it again. "like a rolling stone" is a good example. it still gives me the goosebumps but i have tried to avoid it as often as possible.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 11 October 2018 14:58 (two months ago) Permalink

Yep. My most played song on iTunes has 58 plays, and I've had the same library for about 6 years. Also, there's too much great music to listen to any one song too much.

My girlfriend is the polar opposite; if she finds a song she likes she has it on endless repeat. I think she broke the play counter on Delicate by Taylor Swift.

triggercut, Thursday, 11 October 2018 15:02 (two months ago) Permalink

I've never done this, though it has occurred to me sometimes that I am ruining a particular song or album for myself. I don't really care though, if I enjoy it now I should listen to it, I don't know what I'll like in the future.

silverfish, Thursday, 11 October 2018 15:16 (two months ago) Permalink


Once you've ruined a song, is it ruined forever? or does an adequate rest period bring it back to life?
― enochroot, Thursday, October 11, 2018 7:17 AM (one hour ago)

I can say absolutely for sure that you can get go back with fresh ears. It takes a lot of time and immersing yourself into something completely different. But you can do it.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 11 October 2018 15:56 (two months ago) Permalink

The reason why this works is that the most important feature of the brain is that it can forget. A brain which cannot forget is soon full and won't memorise anything anymore.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:39 (two months ago) Permalink

Very annoying when you're saving a song and then it comes on in a cafe or – worse – in the background in some TV show. Just a waste of an already depleted resource.

Eyeball Kicks, Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:10 (two months ago) Permalink

My experience of listening to "dead" songs after long periods without (nowadays I have gaps of 25 years for some songs) is that the first listen is interesting (from "I thought I had stored every detail but the tone here is something I might not have appreciated on my early 90s stereo" to "I've almost forgotten what happens next") but then the music immediately reverts to its dead state, to be perhaps revived briefly again in the early 2040s and then no more.

Eyeball Kicks, Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:15 (two months ago) Permalink


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