Sunday, December 18, 2011

Our Eyes and Our iPods are Both Windows into our Souls

It seems like the Holidays gear us up to hear some of our old musical favorites. As I went searching through our CD collection, to update the new PC, I got to thinking. You can tell a lot about a person by the music they like, and moreover, the music the own. I think the way Pandora chooses what music to select for you based on the wavelengths of notes makes sense to me. Music can reach deep into our mind and conger up images of where we were when we heard it before.

While I was selecting CD's to add to my iTunes library vivid images filled my mind, just reading the names of the albums. For example, one of my best friends in high school was Rocky Block. He loved the group Journey. Yep as a way of reconnecting to those days Journey's Greatest Hits is in the pile. It is as though every song has a separate narrative attached that plays along with the notes. As a forty-year-old Metallica should not be a priority, however, there it is on the pile too. Along with The Best of Duke Ellington the Duke Ellington Centennial Edition. I have wide ranging musical tastes. The Doors, Toby Keith, No Doubt, Rage Against the Machine and Digital Underground are some others.

Music is vital to a healthy life. We should look back and reflect on where we have been to help shape where we are headed. Musical memories, can help us remember just like the smell of a familiar perfume or  cologne we may encounter. I hope you take some time and break out those old favorites and enjoy the ride. It seems funny to me that in 30-40 years some 50-60 year-old's will be playing Lady Gaga with a nostalgic ear. Time slows for nobody. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Rich
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_Genome_Project Info about Pandora's Music Selection Process

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