~“Just because you hear the music…”~

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 09:41 AM.

Other sounds may be meaningful to you. If you’ve ever heard the sound of cicadas once, you won’t ever forget it. Sounds bring back memories. When you hear the sound, you stop and you think and you have a feeling.

The feeling may be so good that you start drooling like Pavlov’s dog.

When we hear some songs, we want to stand up or we are conditioned to stand up. When we hear the “Bridal Chorus” or “Here Comes the Bride,” we stand up expecting to see the bride walking down the aisle. When we hear “Hail to the Chief,” we stand up and expect to see a President. “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” lets us know that it’s the middle of the seventh inning and we should stand up, sing and brush the peanut shells out of our laps.

Music goes a little bit further. Music can take you away. It can take you back to another time; let you see someone you once knew or perhaps just make you happy. Albert Einstein thought that music was the key to his becoming the genius he was. His performance in school was pitiful until his parents bought him a violin. The violin was his “tool” or calculator in deciphering various difficult equations.

The music helped him make sense of it all.

If it worked for Einstein, maybe music can do other things. As we know, it can and does. Researchers have conducted various studies to prove that music not only influences our emotions, but also stimulates our memories. They hook things up to your brain and watch what happens when certain songs and sounds are played.

The research probably involved some sort of colander helmet they put on your head with a lot of wires leading to a Batcave type panel with blinking colorful lights and computer monitors.

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