Hearing music for the first time

I recently came across a thread on Reddit titled ‘I can hear music for the first time ever, what should I listen to?’ The guy who started the thread was born deaf – but, thanks to the advancements of hearing aid technology, can finally hear. His question is extremely overwhelming and can just as well be substituted for, ‘I am an alien on this planet – what music should I listen to first?’

It was encouraging to see that the top comments were all about classical music – I think the best way to go about this is to start from the beginning. There were mentions of Mozart’s Lacrimosa, Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Beethoven’s Symphony No 7, and literally hundreds of others.

One of my favorite pieces of classical music is Holst’s The Planets Suite, which was also mentioned near the top of the thread. My three favorite movements are Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn – but, really, I would give all of them a listen to if you haven’t already. I was fortunate enough to play Mars and Saturn in high school, and I can tell you that they are just as fun to play as they are to listen to.

Some others that stand out – Respighi’s Pines of Rome, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Stravinsky’s Firebird, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Festival Overture. I would say that’s a good start (and then, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can head over to my 50 favorite songs post).

Anyway, I could probably write about this for hours, but I’ll leave it at that.

One last thing that I thought was an interesting take – the guy who started the thread wrote this after a few days of hearing:

Ironically enough, I’m turning my hearing aids off more often than before because most sounds are even more annoying and the only times I have it on is when talking to people or listening to music/birds. Silence is still my favorite sound. When I turn my aids off my thoughts become more clear and it’s absolutely peaceful. I hope that one day hearing people get the opportunity to experience utter silence.


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