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Music that makes the heart dance!!!

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posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 05:56 AM

"Music is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free from it even if we so desired" (Boethius cited by Storr).

This music makes my heart dance, what i am proposing here is that everyone tells us all of one song that makes your heart dance, you know the feling when you just feeeel the music deep inside you!

Music is well known to have a significant effect on physiology and is widely used as an effective therapeutic tool in stress and pain management, rehabilitation, and behavior modification, but its effects are not well understood.

Music's interconnection with society can be seen throughout history. Every known culture on the earth has music. Music seems to be one of the basic actions of humans. However, early music was not handed down from generation to generation or recorded. Hence, there is no official record of "prehistoric" music. Even so, there is evidence of prehistoric music from the findings of flutes carved from bones.

The influence of music on society can be clearly seen from modern history. Music helped Thomas Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence. When he could not figure out the right wording for a certain part, he would play his violin to help him. The music helped him get the words from his brain onto the paper.

Albert Einstein is recognized as one of the smartest men who has ever lived. A little known fact about Einstein is that when he was young he did extremely poor in school. His grade school teachers told his parents to take him out of school because he was "too stupid to learn" and it would be a waste of resources for the school to invest time and energy in his education. The school suggested that his parents get Albert an easy, manual labor job as soon as they could. His mother did not think that Albert was "stupid". Instead of following the school's advice, Albert's parents bought him a violin. Albert became good at the violin. Music was the key that helped Albert Einstein become one of the smartest men who has ever lived. Einstein himself says that the reason he was so smart is because he played the violin. He loved the music of Mozart and Bach the most. A friend of Einstein, G.J. Withrow, said that the way Einstein figured out his problems and equations was by improvising on the violin.

Bodily Responses to Music
In general, responses to music are able to be observed. It has been proven that music influences humans both in good and bad ways. These effects are instant and long lasting. Music is thought to link all of the emotional, spiritual, and physical elements of the universe. Music can also be used to change a person's mood, and has been found to cause like physical responses in many people simultaneously. Music also has the ability to strengthen or weaken emotions from a particular event such as a funeral.

People perceive and respond to music in different ways. The level of musicianship of the performer and the listener as well as the manner in which a piece is performed affects the "experience" of music. An experienced and accomplished musician might hear and feel a piece of music in a totally different way than a non-musician or beginner. This is why two accounts of the same piece of music can contradict themselves.

Rhythm is also an important aspect of music to study when looking at responses to music. There are two responses to rhythm. These responses are hard to separate because they are related, and one of these responses cannot exist without the other. These responses are (1) the actual hearing of the rhythm and (2) the physical response to the rhythm. Rhythm organizes physical movements and is very much related to the human body. For example, the body contains rhythms in the heartbeat, while walking, during breathing, etc. Another example of how rhythm orders movement is an autistic boy who could not tie his shoes. He learned how on the second try when the task of tying his shoes was put to a song. The rhythm helped organize his physical movements in time.

So come on tell us your heart song and why
peace and love to you all

posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 06:13 AM
I would post my favorite "heart song" but, you stole mine!!!

Seriously though, every time I hear it my heart really soars. It is the most beautiful composition ever created (to me anyway). It seems to fit humanity into one piece of music. I can feel love, happiness, fear, rebellion, faith, sadness, loss, freedom fighting, and sooooo much more.
S & F for you
Thanks so much for your post OP! Music has always been a very important part of my life. I can change or enhance my mood based purely upon what music I listen to. Certain pieces bring back floods of memories, and others help me to over come when I need it the most.
I think we are only at the tip of the iceberg in our understanding of music as is pertains to the human body.

posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 06:22 AM
Thread title is 100% accurate!

Great music!

posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 06:27 AM
Excellent thread Idea! S+F... I've been waiting for an opportunity to share this artist with the community here at ATS. His name's MC Xander and he creates all his music live with his mouth and some looping equipment. Very soul-satisfying stuff.

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posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 06:45 AM
reply to post by Free4Ever2

The part about Einstein playing the violin and becoming the smartest man to have ever lived is so true. That's what music can do to us, it can either (In my opinion) dumb us down, or make us smarter.. Just look at society today. The teenagers - look at how a majority of them have become so violent and stupid because of the singers today. I think.. I'll stick to my classical music.

posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 07:10 AM
Are people typically geniuses? Statistically, people probably are not. In fact, most people probably aren't even intellectually gifted at all. Most people are likely to be pretty much average, maybe a little bit above average, or a little below, but very average none the less. It is universally understood that people strive to learn to become wiser and more informed about the world around them. The more people learn, the more powerful they can become. It is the speed at which people learn that separates the geniuses from the average people from the learning disabled. Geniuses don't run into problems while learning, because they learn so fast. It is everyone else that could really use help. One solid way to increase the speed at which people learn is with music. People learn through music and their minds grow faster because of it. Some music, when implemented properly, can have positive effects on learning and attitude. Music is a powerful thing, and when we understand its significance, it can bring dramatic changes both positive and negative into our lives.

The earliest stages of learning for young children are the most important. The fundamentals of learning are instilled into a child at a very young age and how much importance is placed on these fundamentals can have dramatic affects on the future of the child's learning. Music, when applied in a constructive way, can have positive effects on a child's learning and help them in many ways.

One way that music can make learning easier for a young child is by implementing music lessons into a child's normal activities. A small study was done two years back involving ten three-year-olds who were tested on their ability to put together a puzzle and the speed at which they could do it.

Music is the way forward in my opinion, it has so many positive qaulitys!

and i meanreal music, not the garbage being produced these days
peace and love to you all

posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 07:13 AM
reply to post by DISINFORMANT

WOW thanks for sharing this amazing artist with us

Really is soul satisfying stuff
true talent right there
and you can tell he loves what he is doing
its almost like a therapy

posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 07:23 AM
Fantastic Thread. S&F.

"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 and to everything." - Plato

Please post lots of music. I like being exposed to new music.

posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 07:48 AM
This is my absolute favorite:

posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 07:55 AM
Music and Testing

In one study, data was analyzed as to the benefits of listening to music of different genres (classical or jazz) and tempos. Results did not differ that much from one type of music to the next. However, when the tempo was changed from learning time to testing time, the test results suffered. It seems that people recall information much better when music is played at the same speed as when they originally learned it.

Effects Music BrainThere was a study conducted to test the effects of music on the brains of college students. This study looked at the effects of listening to Mozart before taking an IQ test. Among three groups, one listening to relaxation tapes and one listening to nothing, the group listening to Mozart had the highest average score.

Babies come into the world with musical preferences. They begin to respond to music while still in the womb. At the age of 4 months, dissonant notes at the end of a melody will cause them to squirm and turn away. If they like a tune, they may coo.

Scientists cite such responses as evidence that certain rules for music are wired into the brain, and musicians violate them at the risk of making their audiences squirm. Even the Smashing Pumpkins, a hard-rock group, play by some of the same rules of harmony that Johann Sebastian Bach did in the 18th century.

"Music is in our genes," says Mark Jude Tramo, a musician, prolific songwriter, and neuroscientist at the Harvard Medical School. "Many researchers like myself are trying to understand melody, harmony, rhythm, and the feelings they produce, at the level of individual brain cells. At this level, there may be a universal set of rules that governs how a limited number of sounds can be combined in an infinite number of ways."

"All humans come into the world with an innate capability for music," agrees Kay Shelemay, professor of music at Harvard. "At a very early age, this capability is shaped by the music system of the culture in which a child is raised. That culture affects the construction of instruments, the way people sound when they sing, and even the way they hear sound. By combining research on what goes on in the brain with a cultural understanding of music, I expect we'll learn a lot more than we would by either approach alone."

Besides increasing basic understanding, Tramo believes that studying the biology of music can lead to practical applications related to learning, deafness, and personal improvement. For example, there's evidence that music can help lower blood pressure and ease pain.

Looking for a music center

A human brain is divided into two hemispheres, and the right hemisphere has been traditionally identified as the seat of music appreciation. However, no one has found a "music center" there, or anywhere else. Studies of musical understanding in people who have damage to either hemisphere, as well as brain scans of people taken while listening to tunes, reveal that music perception emerges from the interplay of activity in both sides of the brain.

Some brain circuits respond specifically to music; but, as you would expect, parts of these circuits participate in other forms of sound processing. For example, the region of the brain dedicated to perfect pitch is also involved in speech perception.

Music and other sounds entering the ears go to the auditory cortex, assemblages of cells just above both ears. The right side of the cortex is crucial for perceiving pitch as well as certain aspects of melody, harmony, timbre, and rhythm. (All the people tested were right-handed, so brain preferences may differ in lefties.)

The left side of the brain in most people excels at processing rapid changes in frequency and intensity, both in music and words. Such rapid changes occur when someone plucks a violin string versus running a bow across it.

Both left and right sides are necessary for complete perception of rhythm. For example, both hemispheres need to be working to tell the difference between three-quarter and four-quarter time.

The front part of your brain (frontal cortex), where working memories are stored, also plays a role in rhythm and melody perception.

"It's not clear what, if any, part these hearing centers play in 'feeling' music," Tramo notes. "Other areas of the brain deal with emotion and pleasure. There is a great deal of effort going on to map connections between the auditory cortex and parts of the brain that participate in emotion."

Researchers have found activity in brain regions that control movement even when people just listen to music without moving any parts of their bodies. "If you're just thinking about tapping out a rhythm, parts of the motor system in your brain light up," Tramo notes.

"Music is as inherently motor as it is auditory," he continues. "Many of us 'conduct' while listening to classical music, hum along with show tunes, or dance to popular music. Add the contributions of facial expressions, stage lights, and emotions, and you appreciate the complexity of what our brain puts together while we listen and interact with music in a concert hall or mosh pit."

Practical applications

Understanding the biology of music could allow people to use it better in medical and other areas where evidence indicates music produces benefits beyond entertainment.

Following heart bypass surgery, patients often experience erratic changes in blood pressure. Such changes are treated with drugs. Studies show that those in intensive care units where background music is played need lower doses of these drugs compared with patients in units where no music is played.

Scientists and medical doctors are investigating the value of musiclike games to aid dyslexics. When dyslexics play a game that calls for responses to tones that come very fast, it reportedly helps them to read better. "The approach is controversial," Tramo admits, "but there's enough favorable evidence for researchers to continue testing it."

Some hospitals play soft background music in intensive care units for premature babies. Researchers have found that such music, as well as a nurse's or mother's humming, helps babies to gain weight faster and to leave the unit earlier than premies who don't hear these sounds.

On the other end of the age scale, music has been used to calm Alzheimer's patients. At mealtime in nursing homes or hospitals these people may be difficult to organize. Fights even occur. The right kind of music, it has been demonstrated, reduces confusion and disagreements.

Investigators have also found that music lowers blood pressure in certain situations, and it seems to increase the efficiency of oxygen consumption by the heart. "One study showed that the heart muscle of people exercising on treadmills didn't work as hard when people listened to music as it did when they exercised in silence," Tramo notes.

Then there are endless anecdotes about athletes using music to enhance their performance. Pitcher Trevor Hoffman of the San Diego Padres, for example, listens to AC/DC to get psyched up in a game. Tramo ran to "Brown Sugar" by the Rolling Stones when he won a gold medal in the 100-yard dash in high school. To determine how much difference music makes, however, the performance of an athlete who listens to music would have to be compared with that in games when he or she didn't listen.

Tramo believes that music and dancing preceded language. Archaeologists have discovered flutes made from animal bones by Neanderthals living in Eastern Europe more than 50,000 years ago. No human culture is known that does not have music.

"Despite this, large gaps exist in our knowledge about the underlying biology," Tramo points out. We don't know how the brain decides if music is consonant and dissonant. We don't know whether practicing music helps people master other skills such as math or reading diagrams, although evidence that merely listening to Mozart in the womb improves IQ scores is weak or nonexistent.

Tramo made a choice between composing music and studying its biology at the end of medical school. When he and his roommate at Yale recorded a demonstration album called "Men With Tales," both RCA and Columbia Records said they wanted to hear more. But Tramo decided to stay with medicine. He didn't quit music though. Recently, he and his band recorded a song, "Living in Fantasy," which ranks in the top 40 of MP3 (accessible by computer) recordings made in Boston.

"I'm working on the neurobiology of harmony," Tramo says, "but I find time to compose and play music. Bringing the two together is like bringing together work and play."

Peace and love to you all

posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 07:58 AM
reply to post by Free4Ever2

That is such a coincidence!! That's my favorite song too!! I listened it very oft lately. I even have it on my Ipod!
And I can play it on my violin snce last month

posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 08:01 AM
reply to post by indunedain

i would love to learn to play this song, i feel i would be more moved playing it myself rather than listening, although it does sooth my soul when i listen to it all the same

Keep playing and growing

posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 08:18 AM
The Bruch Violin Concertos!
Can bring me to tears, but makes my heart happy!
And to make me really wish I could play the violin!
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posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 08:50 AM
reply to post by Free4Ever2

Music is probaly the most important thing in my life. I place it above everything. It speaks to me on a level that nothing else even comes close to and i have long been aware of its power. I have a theory that people are most attracted to the music which mirrors their own vibrational frequency. Thats why i almost shed a tear when i consider the state of the music industry these days. Some people seem to be moving away from what music actualy is, and start listening to it for what it represents. Music videos which are all about sex and money these days. Old music which was a perfect representation of what it was made to comunicate being stripped and reused to act as a catchy addition to a souless dance track.

Im going to stop now before i start getting angry but i just wanted to say that totaly agree. Like mathematics, music is another universal language and i think its a far more important one. Maths might be able to explain what the universe is or does, but music has the power to change it.

S nd F for you.

posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 09:16 AM
reply to post by KrypticCriminal

Very well said my friend
If we change the swords to words we can shift continents

Music has nothing on mathematics, maths cannot invoke powerfull feelings.

One love brother

posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 09:29 AM

Originally posted by Free4Ever2
reply to post by KrypticCriminal

Very well said my friend
If we change the swords to words we can shift continents

Music has nothing on mathematics, maths cannot invoke powerfull feelings.

One love brother

I think you mean mathematics has nothing on music. LMAO! but yeah your totaly right. Its just a shame so few people realise it.

Keep spreading the message man!

one love..

posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 09:30 AM
Shpongle and Ott, my personal favorites.

I haven't ever heard such depth in music.

posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 09:32 AM
MGMT is amazing..
They always make me dance.

Here is a cover of a song I did last night =)

posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 09:35 AM
Anything by The Vengaboys.

2nd line.

posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 09:39 AM
reply to post by ParanoidAndr0id

When i saw your name you got my respect because i love radiohead. When you mention the vengaboys i know you must be taking the p*ss. Although i did like "venga bus".


now ive just got that tune stuck in my head. f*ck you.

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