I go through phases. Sometimes I have music playing and don't really hear it. It's in the background. But there are days like today where music resonates with me. Anyone has the same experience?
Also - my tastes vary. One day I'd be taken by a specific artist and play some of the songs over and over again, the next day feel totally indifferent when I hear the vibes.
Just listen, just as background.
I think you'd be pretty hard pressed to find anybody (sane) who constantly listened to the EXACT same music. Variety is good for you and encourages change / evolution, so our brains tend to run with that even in non-important scenarios I guess?
I think music influences you to have certain mood, if you let it. Or your mood influences your liking to certain music at the time you would like to listen.
Sometimes you just absorb the music. Sometimes you analyze it. Sometimes you pick out the lyrics.
Many many layers.
I often choose music according to the mood I am in or the mood I wish to be in.
And I agree too, that sometimes I pretty much ignore music and other times I tune in and focus and become obsessed almost.
And I think the choice of artist is mood related... some days I just love Amy Winehouse... she makes me feel... melancholic, contented, a happy calm.
But other days, say, if I am or wish to be excitable, happy, energetic, outrageous... Amy Winehouse will sound like crap, I'll put on loudly some Crooked Fiddle or Vulgar Grad, and just love it.
And other times I'm not in the slighest bit interested in music, it won't move me at all, and I'd much rather here a well formed argument on Radio National.