I'm listening to the PoA soundtrack as I type... and having something of a religious experience over the track which I assume is "Window to the Past" *swoons* and "Buckbeak's flight" is close behind. (as far as favourite themes on this soundtrack goes) John Williams is a god.
What is it about music that it can have such a physical effect on you? It can literally send me into a state of ecstasy. Or am I just strange like that? I know it used to affect my grandmother like this too (Strauss and Chopin particularly), so it's obviously a family trait. I think my 13yo son has it too. He came to me the other day when I had Riverdance playing, looking confused and concerned, and wanted to know why this music affected him so when other music didn't. I told him it was his Celtic soul answering the call of the bodhran, but maybe it's more than that? He loves bagpipes too, and I'll admit (somewhat shamefully) he hasn't had a lot of exposure to those from us.
But what is it about a sweeping violin symphony or a harp that can reduce me to a wibbling puddle in a couple of phrases?
On an intellectual level I know it's probably no different to being able to draw, but I cannot for the life of me fathom how composers write music. Especially orchestral composers. They don't just write one theme of music; they write a track for every instrument. Do they hear it all in their heads first?
I guess it's something I'll never comprehend, but I adore what they produce; it is food for the soul.