Musical Terms Out in the World

I would like to make you aware of a couple musical terms that you might not know but have experienced in your travels through life. Here is one I came across recently.

This is a word I blogged about weeks ago. “Audiation” is when you hear or say words or melodies internally in your head. For instance, you may have said “now I’ll never get that song out of my head” so you unwillingly kept singing it under your breath. You were audiating. Here is another example: You just had a verbal fight with your other half and one of you walked out in a huff so you can reload your cannons…Sound familiar? You then spend the next day or so rehearsing in your head how you will make strong points in your favor….Audiating!

Just recently I saw a vanity plate: “AUDIATE” My first reaction was “Oh the owner of the car is a formally taught musician.” But I couldn’t let it go there. I’m always looking for second meanings on license plates. Mine is “2SMOOTH” That one is loaded. “Of course not intended to be a personality trait however.” I know you are thinking “Ya sure!”

Back to “Audiate” What could the double entoundra be? Well I didn’t lose any sleep over it, but it came to me in the shower, where I do my best thinking. I stood the laughing for a few seconds before regaining my composure. It was a command to “Shut-up” The opposite of audiating is audiblizing. Think about it. If you are speaking or singing out loud, and someone tells you to audiate, what are they telling you to do?

When you understand these musical terms and see them out in the world, it can be pretty amusing. The life of a musician!