What is melomania? That question is why I’m here typing this and why you clicked through to read all about it. Looks like we’re both on the right track so far. Is it just a basic fondness for music or an undeniable love of music?
Read more to discover the meaning behind the word.
Defining Melomania – Layman’s Terms
When we take a look at the definition from dictionary.com, this is what we see:
Other sources tell us that it’s someone who has an abnormal love for music. To me, this definition makes more sense, especially since it has the suffix ‘-mania’ attached to the name.
I had never heard this term before until I was doing some research for this site recently. Labels are sometimes misleading and don’t really capture the essence of what they’re trying to define. This word is spot on. I wrote about Music Addiction Disorder and the two go hand in hand.
Love vs. Addiction
There is a fine line between a love of something and an addiction to something. I would argue that Music Addiction Disorder would be hard to really pin down because I don’t really believe that someone can develop a harmful, life-ruining addiction to music.
That’s why I love the word melomania so much. It clearly spells out the fact that some people, me and you guys out there reading this, have an almost uncontrollable love for music. At times it could even come off as insane in some ways.
The Urge To Explore
If only people knew how much music I sift through on a daily basis. In my case, this love manifests in a chaotic form of compulsively checking for the latest releases. I truly feel driven to seek out different types of music and better songs within the genres I already visit on the regular.
On top of the seeking aspect, once I stumble upon something that’s undeniable, something lights up in my brain and I can feel the dopamine start to ooze through my neural pathways.
Symptoms – That You Might Have It
Since there’s really not too much out there on this subject I’ll do my best to piece together a short list of possible symptoms you might experience if you identify with this label.
- irresistible urge to seek out new sounds and music
- compulsive checking for new and better music
- euphoria upon discovery
- furthered euphoria experienced when listening
- need to tell other people about your recent find
- attracting skeptical looks on a regular basis (for having an unusually heightened excitement for music)
Good Memories + Good Music
Is it possible that someone can develop this affection for music naturally? Sure. I think it’s also possible that there are key points in someone’s life that could help determine whether or not they end up identifying with this term.
For example, let’s say on your tenth birthday it was a sunny day you had lots of friends around you, and you got one of your favorite all time childhood birthday presents. For some reason you disctinctly remember hearing a certain song and now that you’re all grown up you still enjoy listening to that song.
Whenever you press play on whatever the song is, a flood of memories (good ones in this case) come rushing back through your mind. It feels nostalgic and comforting to hear the song and it never gets old.
Are You a Melomaniac?
Now, maybe this only happens for you with one or two songs. If that’s the case, you might not be a melomaniac. If you experience this regularly with a wide range of songs and you can remember where you were and what you were doing in relation to a song, you might have this condition.
I’m definitely not a psychologist but it seems reasonable to suggest that when we associate good memories with certain sounds, smells, tastes, people, or songs it becomes ingrained in our brains and a lot of times sticks with us well into adulthood.
Depending on your past experiences, this could be either pleasant or an unpleasant experience.
In the case of melomania, it seems fair to draw the conclusion that a person has associated enough positive memories with songs to develop an overactive love for music.
Maybe some of us are just more predisposed than others. Either way, I know I can’t go very long at all without hearing some sort of music. Just like a life without music would be a mistake, a week without music for me would be hell.
Audiophiles and Music
If you’ve read any of my past articles on the relation between music and audiophiles you probably know where I stand on the issue. If not, further reading can be done here.
The basic reality is that without music, it would be hard to enjoy equipment designed for audio replication at a high level. Without things like headphones, speakers, and recording devices, it would be hard to experience the music.
Thanks for tuning in and as usual, please feel free to comment or ask a question.
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