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I can be seen, but not in person.

Always heard, but never hearing.

I can dry, freeze or warm,

Screaming, whispering, creeping, running.

You try to see which way I go,

But I change so much you'll never know.

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You are

the Wind.

I can be seen, but not in person.

You can see the effects of wind blowing, but the wind itself cannot be seen.

Always heard, but never hearing.

You can hear the sound of the wind. Wind itself cannot hear.

I can dry, freeze or warm,

Wind can dry wet things by evaporation; can freeze things (wind chill); and can warm things (Sirocco for example, or the arid wind that often blows in the western US in summertime).

Screaming, whispering, creeping, running.

Wind is often anthropomorphized in just these ways.

You try to see which way I go,

You can try to see which way the wind blows - a common idiom,
(or - and I was remiss not to include it initially - this — thanks @n_palum!) ...

But I change so much you'll never know.

... but the wind is ever changing.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm disappointed that this riddle had nothing about body wind :-P $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Apr 28 '17 at 13:37
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    $\begingroup$ Running wind? Creeping wind? Never heard those before... $\endgroup$ – dcfyj Apr 28 '17 at 13:37
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    $\begingroup$ -1 for not quoting Rhapsody for any way the wind blows :P $\endgroup$ – n_plum Apr 28 '17 at 13:38
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    $\begingroup$ Everyone's a critic. ;) However, @n_palum, that critique is valid, and shall be addressed forthwith! $\endgroup$ – Rubio Apr 28 '17 at 13:46
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    $\begingroup$ A puzzle, or answer, that tried to include every notable reference to wind in music would have to be pretty damn long. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Apr 28 '17 at 15:49

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