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Hi all, just a quick question about something I've experienced.
To give you a little insight, I do enjoy writing music though must admit I'm not great at it, I can really only perform simple motifs and such. I can't read music, I compose by ear (and mind) and only play the keyboard (pretty badly). But I have a personal enjoyment of film scores and such and have always enjoyed classical music.
There have been times where I've read of composers having tunes coming into their head and then they write them down etc. This always seemed cool but "mythical" to me, but over the past 5 or so years this has happened to me, maybe 2 or 3 times.
To explain it: Basically at some point, typically when lying in bed before sleep or something, my thoughts get overridden by a sudden long, unstoppable symphony. Like an entire orchestra playing inside my head, the most amazing musical symphony I could imagine. It just flows, I do not control it, it just goes for it.
I know for sure that what I'm hearing is original, I have not been able to put it down to something I've heard. I suppose it could be a mish-mash of things I have heard in the past. But it's just a wonderful experience, I don't know where it comes from or why, but I've been treated to two maybe three wonderful symphonies that last perhaps 3 or 4 minutes maybe longer (I've been too involved in the music to notice its length, but sometimes it's seemed to last 10 mins).
Normally I can snap out of any thought processes but these ones I cannot. I know I'm awake when it's happening because the first time it happened I was not in bed.
After both times, I've found that my music making skills have improved, that I've been able to write better melodies, and find chord structures I never knew existed before that point.
So my question really is simple - has anyone else been overcome by some symphony in their head that comes out of nowhere? And has it improved any of your skills or anything? I PRESUME this is connected to my enjoyment of making music and my love of listening to it, and it's probably also related to my interest in orchestral music.
But it's just the fact that it plays out without any input from my brain, and I can't interrupt it when it does happen, and that I love every second of it (and can't wait for it to happen again). If I actively TRY and think up an amazing symphony, not a chance... other thoughts get in the way, and well, maybe for 5 seconds I can hear a kind of interesting motif, but I can't make this phenomena happen, I have to wait for it to happen it seems... so:
Has it happened to you? How many times? Where do you think it comes from?
I wish I could recall what I heard but that'll never happen. Trust me it's like all the best bits of symphonies come together to create one big new one in your head and someone, or something else, is the conductor.
Well, just curious Thanks!edit on 16-12-2013 by markymint because: (no reason given)