I was wondering if anyone else experiences what I call “musical binges.”
I don’t recall them happening until I was college-age, although they probably did. Without understanding why, I would suddenly develop a hunger to listen to one album repeatedly. Often, music I’d never heard before. Sometimes, not even music I like.
The first time happened right after I asked my Patient Boyfriend about Queen’s Greatest Hits, probably because we were reading Good Omens at the time. He loaned me his tape (this was back in The Olden Days) and I listened once. It sounded okay, and I asked if I could bring it back to my school with me. He agreed, and I listened again on the way home. When the tape finished, I turned it over and started playing it again.
I listened to Queen’s Greatest Hits five times in four days. Whenever it ended, I’d think, “I’ll give that a rest for now,” and then within hours I wanted to hear it again.
It’s happened since then several times, and always with music I never liked before. I bought Charlie Peacock’s album “Love Life” in 1994 and gave it a listen-through. Okay, but not amazing. In the summer of 1995, I picked it back up and listened to it ten times in a week.
The same happened with The Rumours Album (Fleetwood Mac) in 1999. It’s a fine album, and I even knew most of the songs, but I’d never heard them all before in the same place. A few years later, I suddenly felt this powerful urge to listen to The Cars, of all things (I swear, I’d never heard their Greatest Hits album) but I stymied that one by not being able to find it in my Patient Husband’s belongings until after the urge had passed.
Most recently, it’s been Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. I finish it and immediately want to hear the whole thing again.
Every time, it’s felt to me as if I’m hunting for something in the music, in the lyrics, in something about it. I get to the end and I need to search for it again, whatever it is.
My Patient Husband has never experienced this, so I’m tossing out the question to you guys: Have you ever done the same? What’s going on?