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According to a new study by Kawakami et al. (2013), sad music is enjoyable because it creates an interesting mix of emotions; some negative, some positive. In their study, they found that: “…the sad music was perceived to be more tragic, whereas the actual experiences of the participants listening to the sad music induced them to feel more romantic, more blithe, and less tragic emotions than they actually perceived with respect to the same music.” (more…)

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The efficacy of musical emotions provoked by Mozart’s music for the reconciliation of cognitive dissonance

 A recent hypothesis suggested that a fundamental function of music has been to help mitigating cognitive dissonance, which is a discomfort caused by holding conflicting cognitions simultaneously. It usually leads to devaluation of conflicting knowledge…Results of our experiment reveal that the exposure to Mozart’s music exerted a strongly positive influence upon the performance of young children and served as basis by which they were enabled to reconcile the cognitive dissonance. (more…)

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ScienceDaily (June 12, 2012) — Ever wonder why Jimi Hendrix’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” moved so many people in 1969 or why the music in the shower scene of “Psycho” still sends chills down your spine?

A UCLA-based team of researchers has isolated some of the ways in which distorted and jarring music is so evocative, and they believe that the mechanisms are closely related to distress calls in animals.

“Music that shares aural characteristics with the vocalizations of distressed animals captures human attention and is uniquely arousing,” (more…)

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 Much of the gathered evidence points towards:

  • an important degree of conventionalism,
  • in the sense of blockage or no-evolution,
  • in the creation and production of contemporary western popular music.

Thus, from a global perspective, popular music would have no clear trends and show no considerable changes in more than fifty years (more…)

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Scientists prove it’s the same old song – only louder  by Dario Borghino

If you suspect that songs today tend to sound the same, it turns out you’re right. A group of Spanish scientists looked at a huge database of songs and analyzed their trends, publishing their results in the scientific journal Nature. What they found was proof positive that, over the last few decades, songs have progressively gotten louder, decreased their pitch transitions, and generally become more homogeneous. (more…)

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GLENN BRANCA (composer)

‘how bad do you want to do this?’  ‘How much do you need this?’  ‘Is this the thing that dominates your life?’  ‘Are you willing to sacrifice absolutely everything in your life?’  And when I say ‘everything,’ I mean absolutely everything for this one thing that you want to do.  And I think that most people don’t.  I think that there’s a lot of people that THINK that they want to do something but they don’t realize just what you have to do in order to be able to do it. (more…)

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OK, so I am going to market and try to sell the original song “Girls Behind the Bar.” (GBTB)  The song contains a strong marketing concept so I intend to start with a Kickstarter.com project to create community and  “happening” around the song, story and its ideas.  See the idea brief below.  Here is a link to the song and lyrics.

If you want to help here’s how you can:

  • Need a street team.  There is going to be audio and video production so could use help on those items.
  • Do you know any kool Girls Behind the Bar?  This project wants to celebrate those girls/woman who make our lives a bit easier.  This is NOT a T&A/”Hooters” thang but, heck, they are awful cute.  Who should we include, that you see or know?
  • You know of any potential corporate/venue sponsors?  This is a natural for the booze companies

Doing Good While Doing Well – A priority for the project is to try to generate enough $$$ so we can give grants to bargirls to help pay for or pay off student loans.  That may be a bit pie-in-the-sky but I’m hopin’ it can happen.  [Damn!!!…. Good song title!!]

THIS PROJECT NEEDS YOU SUPPOT AND IDEAS! DUDE!! Join our group and let us know what helps the mission!

“Girls Behind the Bar”  – Honor the Girls Project
DRAFT KICKSTARTER PROJECT BRIEF 

Here’s the Song

“Girls Behind the Bar [GBTB] Original Lyrics,  Style:  Country rock – very simple melody and chords. Copyrighted

Verse 1 – So the boss was in a mood today and he told me to leave early
I ain’t gonna get the hours I need and that always makes me surly
So I take my truck to the local joint, where the girls yell “hey there honey!”
High five each girl behind the bar, end up spending all my money

Chorus – So c’mon down, and make ’em proud, they’re our honky-tonk superstars
and raise your glass and yell real loud for the girls behind the bar (more…)

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