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The Scientific Explanation To Why You Can’t Get That Katy Perry, Drake Or Taylor Swift Song Out Of Your Head

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I’m sure that there are quite a few of us walking around these days that find ourselves either singing along to, or randomly singing the lyrics of several popular songs on the radio -songs that upon our first listen we probably didn’t even particularly enjoy. Songs such as Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’, Katy Perry’s ‘This Is How We Do,’ or Drake’s ‘0 to 100’ are three of the most commonly played radio hits right now in the city of Toronto -and I’m sure across most of North America.

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It’s not to say that this music is bad, we all have our own tastes (heck even I’ll admit to having a couple of tracks from each of the artists I’ve listed above in my iTunes). Many of us I’m sure genuinely enjoy these artists and the songs that they create, but why is it that even when we don’t particularly enjoy a song we still find ourselves singing along to it? Why do so many of us that initially hate a song, eventually find ourselves enjoying it, so much so that we actually get excited and turn up the volume when it comes on the radio?

The awesome people at TED-Ed have sought to answer these questions scientifically, and do so effectively through this very short, but informative video. The lesson is taught by Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, the author of ‘On Repeat: How Music Plays The Mind,’ check it out:

Stand By Your Intuition

One of the best possible solutions to this form of mental programming is take note of your intuitive feelings towards a song when you first hear it. If you thought that Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ was not your cup of tea the first time you heard it but you now enjoy it, the chances are that you’ve fallen victim to repetition or the mere exposure effect. It’s not that growing to like a song is a terrible experience, it’s just good to be aware of how you came to like something and it can be a great tool in deciding whether or not the song is truly for you.

Take Note Of How The Music Makes You Feel

Another great tool in deciding whether a song you have grown to like is worth keeping in your music library is to truly examine how listening to the song makes you feel. We all experience music differently, but I will illustrate this through an example of my own life. Four songs that I grew to like and was first exposed to through the radio are:

  1. Chromeo – Jealous
  2. Katy Perry feat. Juicy J – Dark Horse
  3. Maroon 5 – Maps
  4. Drake feat. 2 Chainz & Big Sean – All Me

For weeks I would happily listen to any and all of these songs at any given opportunity, often singing along. It wasn’t until several weeks later, when the songs had started to lose their exciting freshness, that I decided to take note of both how these songs tended to make me feel and when I predominantly chose to listen to them. Both #1 and #3 I would listen to when in a good mood, while #2 or #4 I would listen to when in a down mood or often when at the gym seeking some ego-based motivation. It’s not to say that these songs would be the same in your own experience of them, I just encourage you to apply the same analysis, you might be surprised at some of the tendencies that you have.

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Josh Radnor From How I Met Your Mother Just Started A Conscious Band with Ben Lee

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You might be here because you are a fan of the hit TV show, How I Met Your Mother, or maybe you have fond memories of blasting “Catch My Disease” in your car on a hot summer day. Whatever the reason may be, you are about to discover a lesser-known side to actor-writer-director Josh Radnor and Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee—who now form the musical duo Radnor & Lee.

In this very first episode of Uplifted Life’s new Redefining Success Podcast, Kosta Stoyanoff and I had the privilege of having a conversation with both of them over Skype only a few days before they left for their Brazil tour. We talked about their new musical venture, the effects of having achieved success and fame at a young age, what true success ought to be, spirituality, meditation, self-development and more! Playing the hosts was definitely out of our comfort zones, but we are glad we did it and were able to extract some valuable insights from these two amazing human beings.

There is a rumor circulating that they are a religious born again band because they don’t shy away from using words like word God in their lyrics. The truth is that they do not subscribe to any particular label and are simply fascinated by life’s bigger questions. In our 30-minute conversation with them, we found them to be incredibly grounded, intelligent and wise individuals who simply strive to get back to the basics of what really matters in life and care about becoming the best and most compassionate version of themselves. It was awesome to chat with two public figures who choose to use their influence to spread a positive and conscious message through their art!

Our intention with the Redefining Success Podcast is to collect gems of wisdom from individuals who see beyond our culture’s materialistic idea of success and have discovered a more fulfilling, whole and healthy view of what it means to lead a truly successful life. We believe that doing our part in helping rewrite the cultural story surrounding success can inspire a positive change in how we lead our lives—from our relationships to the way we do business.

Like Uplifted Life for more uplifting content and stay tuned for more episodes!

Hope you enjoy the conversation and make sure to share it to inspire others!

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Ben Lee’s Website: www.ben-lee.com
Josh Radnor’s Museletters: joshradnor.instapage.com
Like Radnor & Lee on Facebook: fb.com/radnorandlee
Listen to Radnor & Lee on Itunes and Spotify

 

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The Oldest Song In The World – A Sumerian Hymn Written 3500 Years Ago (Listen)

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Music is a very special gift that people from all around the world, from various cultures and from every socio-economic class, enjoy. Human beings have been creating and listening to music for thousands of years, it is almost an essential part of our being.

Music has the power to evoke powerful emotions, it can lift us out of a bad mood and put a smile on our face, give us the energy and encouragement we need to get that workout done and more. We connect over music, we make music together, we meditate and zone out to music, and we even ‘trip out’ to music. What would our lives be like without music? Most likely Rather dull , and it seems as though  the ancients felt the same way.

Below is a video of a hymn that is said to have been written thousands of years ago, it may even be the oldest song in the world. This version is played using computerized tones, but if you can, imagine it being played on stringed instruments. Either way, it still has a joyous and almost comical feel to it, check it out.

Is this something you could jam to? Or at least is this something you could imagine your greatest ancestors rocking out to? Regardless of how you feel about the song, it’s pretty awesome that we actually have the equivalent to sheet music that was turned into a potential soundtrack for the ancient times. Essentially, this gives us the ability to glimpse into the past, an opportunity we may not have otherwise received. Sometimes what is put into words isn’t as powerful to our senses as actually hearing the same song that our ancestors may have listened to.

Here’s A Little History

In 1972, after 15 years of research, Professor of Assyriology from the University of California, Anne Kilner, was able to transcribe one of the oldest known pieces of music notation in the world. The music was inscribed on clay tablets that contained signs of the “Hurrian” language. These tablets had been excavated in the early 1950’s from the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit – now known as Ras Sharma. One of the tablets contained both words and music and has now come to be known as the oldest preserved music notation in the world.

Kilmer was able to transcribe this piece of music into a modern music notation, other people have also attempted to transcribe this music and the interpretations tend to differ a little bit. The tablets date back to around 1400 B.C. The music is a hymn to the moon God’s wife, Nikal. The tablets also happened to contain instructions for a singer as well as a harpist and how to properly tune the harp.

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Black Mirror: An Exciting Sci-Fi Netflix Thriller Or A Dire Warning For Where Humanity Is Heading?

Popular series Black Mirror is a Sci-Fi thriller that gives us a glimpse into how technology can and will impact our lives in ways that are good, bad and down right dark. Is too much technology something to be wary of? Let’s take a look at Season 4 Episode 1.

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There is no doubt about it, our society is welcoming more and more technology into our lives, at an alarming rate. It has already taken over many aspects of our lives from communication, to shopping, to banking, to virtually all aspects of our lives. In many ways it’s great, we are advancing at a rapid pace and our lives are becoming more efficient, but does this come at a cost? In the popular sci-fi thriller series, “Black Mirror,” cautions are heeded in regards to how much of our lives we are giving up to technology and what the implications might be.

What Can We Learn From Black Mirror?

Each episode has a different cast, characters and story line, but all serve as a potential warning as to what the implications of accepting too much technology into our lives may do, and it’s definitely something to be wary of. Because the technology in our lives tends to roll out slowly, we generally accept it as it is, but at what point will we take a step back and question our actions?

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