Have you ever felt some really strong emotions while listening to a certain song or piece of music? I mean all of us listen to certain kind of music in a certain state of mind and as a typical example listening to a song about a desperate relationship after you´ve just broke up with your partner might bring tears to your eyes but what I mean here is have you ever felt strong emotions just because of the music itself, not because of the state of mind you´re in while listening to music. The reason I´m asking this is that a strange thing happened to me a while ago while listening to Dream Theater´s "Scenes From a Memory" for the first time. I suddenly started crying while listening to the song "Through Her Eyes". I don´t often show my feelings a lot though I see myself as a very emotional person and I wasn´t sad or anything while listening to the album, so that´s why I first felt very strange when this happened. Then after the first "shock" I realized that it happened just because I was so affected by the story of a girl whose life is being taken and music that ties the story together. The thing is, I´ve found out that as a musician the more I learn the more I listen to music analytically and I often find myself analyzing music more than just enjoying listening to it as a "normal listener". Instead of just letting my mind flow with the music I find myself thinking "Oh, that´s a nice this-augmented-that-chord there" or "A brilliant idea from John Myung to use that third instead of root there". Well, you all know what I mean. That´s why I found this experience crying while listening to music as a very "opening" experience - it showed me that apart from all this analytic listening I´m still able to just throw myself into the music without thinking too much what I´m hearing.