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I have been wanting to write this for years.

I know that my notions of having a good time differ from other people’s.  I might be excessively focused on the live musicians improvising in front of me.  Jazz invites me to a wondrous trancelike state.  This is my problem, and I happily admit it.

But I wonder if anyone can explain this phenomenon.

In a club or a bar where musicians will be playing, people arrive, happy to be there, sit down, and begin animated chat before the band starts.  The music begins; the people continue talking.  When a song concludes, they applaud wildly, they shout WOOHOO!

The band starts to play; the people talk.

When the band concludes, the people leap to their feet, applaud rhythmically, demand encores.  Their displays of enthusiasm for the music are louder and more fervent than anyone else’s.

Obviously their multi-tasking operates at a more sophisticated neurological level than mine, because they can talk and listen at the same time.  But I wonder how much of the music they have actually heard?

May your happiness increase.

P.S.  If any readers want to explain to me how alcohol loosens inhibitions, I do understand.  And if anyone wants to call me a wet blanket, a party pooper, a spoilsport . . . . I admit to being those things and I have been called far worse.  But I don’t understand the phenomenon.