I am new to learning piano and most of the notes I see in scores are in the length of a quarter note, and the time signatures I see are in 4/4. My question is if the quarter note is used so often, wouldn't it make more sense to call it the whole note and have the lengths of other notes relative to that?
I say this because, for instance, if there is a watch on my table and I wouldn't say there is a quarter of a watch on my table, that would just be unnecessarily complicated and silly.
Now let's bring the logic back to music. When you are first taught to read notation, you are told to play quarter notes. So the fundamental unit of counting is in quarters. How strange is that?