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"Dare to BE the impossible!" ABB a.k.a.. AstralBooBaby
INTRODUCTION FOR THIS MONTH's THEME...
Can you imagine life without music? I, for one can’t and I am not just stating this because I, am a musician (although the aforementioned is a key factor)… Hence, there is a reason why music is probably the most universally understood and recognized form of communication in the known universe! It does not matter the style or genre of the music; it can speak to us in a way that we often cannot put into mere words… Even if the words or ‘lyrics’ of a song cannot be understood; be it due to the singer expressing the song in a foreign tongue; with slang or gibberish – somehow our senses will respond according to the spirit and intent of the bringer and/or creator of the music, but why and how is this so? Why and how it is that music can so easily affect our mood and move us to rally behind a common cause? Better yet, how is it that music can influence us to the point of behaving and making choices that we wouldn’t be inclined to do on our own?
Why and how it is that music can so easily affect our mood and move us to rally behind a common cause? Better yet, how is it that music can influence us to the point of behaving and making choices that we wouldn’t be inclined to do on our own? Why and how it is that music can so easily affect our mood and move us to rally behind a common cause? Better yet, how is it that music can influence us to the point of behaving and making choices that we wouldn’t be inclined to do on our own? Yes! Music in itself is a powerful and wonder tool to communicate, unite, empower and uplift but it can also be used in ways that are harmful and detrimental to our psyche as well as physically and spiritually.
In other-words, music can and does affect or even ‘infect’ our consciousness in ways that many of us are yet to realize. Therefore, I have decided to dedicate this cycle to all things music! I will be sharing some of the best music that you’ve never heard, along with views, perspectives, theories and even proven science as to how and why music is such a powerful tool of expression and influence on man and man-kind.
“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and charm and gaiety to life, to everything!” ~ Plato
WHY DOES MUSIC MAKE US FEEL?
As a young man I enjoyed listening to a particular series of French instructional programs. I didn’t understand a word, but was nevertheless enthralled. Was it because the sounds of human speech are thrilling? Not really. Speech sounds alone, stripped of their meaning, don’t inspire. We don’t wake up to alarm clocks blaring German speech. We don’t drive to work listening to native spoken Eskimo, and then switch it to the Bushmen Click station during the commercials. Speech sounds don’t give us the chills, and they don’t make us cry – not even French. But music does emanate from our alarm clocks in the morning, and fill our cars, and give us chills, and make us cry. According to a recent paper by Nidhya Logeswaran and Joydeep Bhattacharya from the University of London, music even affects how we see visual images. In the experiment, 30 subjects were presented with a series of happy or sad musical excerpts. After listening to the snippets, the subjects were shown a photograph of a face. Some people were shown a happy face – the person was smiling - while others were exposed to a sad or neutral facial expression. The participants were then asked to rate the emotional content of the face on a 7-point scale, where 1 mean extremely sad and 7 extremely happy.
MUSIC FACTS YOU DIDN'T KNOW:
Background music does not improve your ability to concentrate but will help you when you’re at the gym. It can affect how you work. A little background noise makes you more creative, a lot hurts creativity.
- One of the most interesting music facts in that your favorite song is probably your favorite because you associate it with an emotional event in your life. Both social influences and quality affect which songs you like. You don’t like the original version of a song because it’s better, you like it because it’s the one you heard first. Whether a musician makes eye contact during a concert and what they wearaffects whether you like their music.
- When times are tough people prefer music that’s more meaningful. Music can predict the stock market. Popular music has been getting more narcissistic for a while now. All the best songs are about sex anyway.
- Do you feel these music facts are increasing your intelligence? Well, there’s a lot of evidence that playing music can make you smarter.