Let us now explore the theory that “more harmonic texture = more focus”. According to the definition of active listening, this theory holds true. However, be careful! More focus is not necessarily a good thing. An active listener is always a passive listener at the same time. The more focus that is demanded by harmonic texture has a direct negative correlation to the focus on the lead vocals and vocal percussion. So remember what Uncle Ben said to Peter Parker, “With great power comes great responsibility” . Arrangers beware that making use of manipulation of active listeners is a wonderful tool.. But like with any power tool, misuse can have disastrously negative effects!