This is a valid question. This is something everyone I know considers. And as he says, we know that -
‘Music gets under one’s skin and behind one’s defences in a way that nothing else does.’ Jerry Fodor
We have all courted the virus, breathed in the sneeze. Knocked down our barricades, and invited the wolf to tea.
He suggests -
‘that it’s among the charms of music that it seems to be so utterly useless.’ Jerry Fodor
Pleasure for pleasures sake. Not a means to an end, but an end itself.
But also something more. A reminder - sometimes subtle, sometimes not so - a pinch, or a scratch that almost bleeds. We are alive - just - in a world determined to constantly remind us that we are very nearly dead.