Saturday, March 08, 2008

music and brains...

read this review of a book that tackles the mystery of music and its action on the brain and emotions. it sounds interesting (this book mentioned in the article sounds good too). this jumped out at me:

"...Sacks notes that not only do human beings listen to music a lot, they also imagine music constantly; so even if your ears aren't being musically stimulated, you may be self-stimulating musically the rest of the time. Sometimes, we voluntarily produce musical images, as when we sing a song to ourselves for the fun of it, but we can also be subject to involuntary musical imagery. We are all familiar with that insistent tune that runs through our head against our will and taste (I was recently subjected to the chorus of Tom Jones's "She's a Lady" for about a week—a song I dislike and despise)..."

yesterday it was "Fefe Naa Efe" by Fela Kuti when I woke and today it's "Only A Fool Would Say That" by Steely Dan. what song that won't get out of your head is driving you crazy today?


Blogger Father Luke said...

what song that won't get out of your head is driving you crazy today?

La Bamba

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Father Luke

1:50 AM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...


is it the Los Lobos version at least?

4:48 AM  
Blogger Father Luke said...

cool vid.

yeah. especially those last thirty
three seconds of individual notes.

today, however, it's

somewhere over the rainbow.

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version

"Okay. This one's for Gabby. . ."

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Father Luke

12:54 AM  
Blogger j.b said...

this one's for Gabby...great sad.

Oliver Sacks is a great scientist, and wonderful writer. Musicophilia is on my reading list. might i recommend An Anthropologist on Mars and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Also good is Awakenings, which is also a great movie with Deniro and Robin Williams.

Today, the song in my head is...well, La Bamba. Thanks Father Luke....jesus!

10:45 AM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

thanks for the suggestions, jb., I'll check em out...

that's a fine fine tune Father, and I can think of much worse to have stuck...

4:34 PM  

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