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What role does music play in our lives?

How does music affect our mood? How we think? How we work? What impact does music have on us as a race?

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    Mar 25 2013: Jonathan, you might enjoy reading Musicophilia by Oliver Sachs. He is a well known neurologist who is perhaps best known for the book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Musicophilia is his onlly book I haven't read. His work is consistently well written and fascinating for anyone intrigued by the brain..
    • Mar 25 2013: Thank you! It looks like an awesome book and I look forward to reading it. :)
      • Apr 2 2013: Dear Mr Hawkins,

        One of the wonderful Ted lectures ( to my shame I have misplaced my notes with the lecturer's name ) was given by a Professor of Science, in California. The unique magnifying electronic equipment in her laboratory revealed that the Hydrogen atom looks like a delicately coloured, vibrating chrysanthemum and has a one tone musical sound !!!!! In other words, one can conclude that we are all naturally musical beings, as is the world around us !!! I found this an exciting revelation
        A fellow " Ted "fan.........Muriel Harris Salant aged 82.
  • Mar 25 2013: It's the universal language. It's the only language where everyone talks simultaneously while communicating. And whether the powers that be support it or not people will still do it. It has the power to do a lot of things. It has healing qualities, alters mood unite people just to name a few. The idea behind string theory is that an elusive sized string is at the heart of all particles and the shape of the physical universe is dependant on its various vibrations.
  • Apr 24 2013: It means everything to me because it has been my profession since I was a teenager. Before that I was taking clarinet, flute, piano and entered Peabody prep in Baltimore, Md. It is the purest form of medicine for our souls and a major peace creator for the human condition. My church showcases our band and it helps to lift everyone up every Sunday morning and carry us through the week as we walk the walk not just talk the talk. Nature created the first music and we just listened. Happy day music lovers!
  • Apr 2 2013: Music makes me strong to live. I've lost my 16 year old boy last year, and we used to play together, so i figure out that music
    still connects us one another, even listening or playing without him. So, nowadays it is the most important thing to me.
  • Apr 24 2013: Music has the ability to unlock parts of our mind that went missing in action long ago. In a single drum loop, or a beautifully crafted guitar riff, memories, smells, sounds down to the detail come flooding back not unlike Proust's Madeleine. “Music has power—especially for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. And it can spark compelling outcomes even in the very late stages of the disease.” (http://www.alzfdn.org/EducationandCare/musictherapy.html)
    The connection that most of us have with music is one that evokes a feeling be it positive or negative. These sounds are deeply ingrained in us from an early age; it’s soothing, comforting and familiar. Do you ever wonder why you have so much trouble remembering test material, but that song you heard a few times 15 years ago comes back like a landslide the second you hear the guitar or saxophone, every word, without missing a beat. Music is a part of who we are, its something we can leave behind and take pride in knowing it will be around for centuries to come. Finding a perfect soundtrack for a moment can leave you breathless, it can change your mood instantly, it connects people in a way no religion never has. Music is life.
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    Apr 23 2013: Music is proved to raise dopamine levels in our body -that's the small (or big) chill you feel when you listen to your favourite songs. Also, music seems to affect water (positively or negatively depends on the music's complexity and harmony; the more harmonic, the better) and since our bodies are full of water, I guess music is amazing for us.
    I believe that music is the greatest achievement of mankind. It's actually an effort to mimic the harmony of the cosmos around us, an effort to mimic the way molecules move in their waves with the waves of the sound of music. Music hides emotions, stories, thoughts, souls, secrets. I think it is amazing. And as a musician who I've met said, music is the best and healthiest way to get high.
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    Apr 17 2013: Hi Jonathan, great conversation!
    I think that music has the incredible power to affect our mood and the way we think, work or live.
    Music, above all, is the way that humans found to demonstrate what happens inside their minds. When you hear a song, you can even feel what the musician was feeling when wrote the song.
    Music is the fusion of language and melody, of voice and soul, of heart and mind.
    For me, music is one of the most beautiful creations of human beings. Music is everything, to me :)
  • Apr 17 2013: In movies, it can make the simplest scene the most artistic scene. For example, think that you are walking in the rain without any music and think that you are walking in the rain with requiem for a dream in a scene.
  • Apr 13 2013: Music affects my mood, it allows me to escape.
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    Mar 28 2013: I love music! I listen to music every chance I get. The kind of music I listen t at a particular time depends on what I am doing and my mood that moment. For instance, I am listening to old, slow songs from the 80's right now because I wanted something not over the top, that I could listen to while working (easy listening). I could listen to something else that well, instead of working, I'll spend my time engulfed in the songs. I guess you can say then that the music we listen to can affect our concentration and consequently, our productivity.
    Again, music allows us to be part of a group (helps us connect as a race), while still giving us the chance to show our uniqueness as individuals (we might like the same song as the next person but when and where we choose to listen to it is our individual choice).
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    Mar 26 2013: Hi Jonathan,

    Another of my favorites for your collection : 3746 videos 73 countries

    http://ericwhitacre.com/the-virtual-choir
  • Mar 26 2013: Anybody ever find the resonant frequency of there shower?
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    Mar 26 2013: .
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    Music is the acoustic code of our physiology.
    The elements of the code are our heart beating, breathing, and vocal cords.

    So, any person understands it without translation.
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    (http://control.blog.sina.com.cn/myblog/htmlsource/blog_notopen.php?uid=1271653841&version=7&x)
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    Mar 26 2013: music helps our spirits soar higher.
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    Mar 26 2013: Music is a great thing because it brings minds together. Specially live music has that magic power
    But even a "photo" of music like a CD or a record can take us there
    as I see it we all know the way of music. We organize our lives to a clicktrack/ metronome with 60 BPM (the clock)
    And we all improvise our lives. All music is organized & and at some point improvised....

    I´ve spend 35 years in the service of music and its a fantastic sprituel & social tool
    The fact that our bodys are full of rhythm is usefull and a subject for reflection
    Its all about music
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    Mar 25 2013: Music is a form of expression, a branch of art. It impacts our mood, depending on the rhythm and the pace and the genre. That is why it is part of all cultures and social gatherings. We also associate it with memories and experiences.
    Sometimes it is the rhythm that moves us; sometimes it is the message that rides on the rhythm.

    Life will be boring without music.
  • Mar 25 2013: When I feel blue,I like listening piano or violin classical music to release myself.They do help me feeling comfort.
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    Mar 25 2013: well, music can be relaxing, when you've been working a while it's nice to turn on some music, somehow you don't have to think when listening to it, you can take more of a relaxed sensual and emotional pleasure in it.