Some advice from Thelonious Monk.
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One dessert to rule them all. It’s Lord of the Crumbs, starring Cookie Monster as Gobble. Can he find his precious?
In the first study of its kind, two researchers have used popular music to help severely brain-injured patients recall personal memories. Amee Baird and Séverine Samson outline the results and conclusions of their pioneering research in the recent issue of the journal Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.
Although their study covered a small number of cases, it’s the very first to examine ‘music-evoked autobiographical memories’ (MEAMs) in patients with acquired brain injuries (ABIs), rather than those who are healthy or suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease.
In their study, Baird and Samson played extracts from ‘Billboard Hot 100’ number-one songs in random order to five patients. The songs, taken from the whole of the patient’s lifespan from age five, were also played to five control subjects with no brain injury. All were asked to record how familiar they were with a given song, whether they liked it, and what memories it invoked.
Doctors Baird and Samson found that the frequency of recorded MEAMs was similar for patients (38%–71%) and controls (48%–71%). Only one of the four ABI patients recorded no MEAMs. In fact, the highest number of MEAMs in the whole group was recorded by one of the ABI patients. In all those studied, the majority of MEAMs were of a person, people or a life period and were typically positive. Songs that evoked a memory were noted as more familiar and more liked than those that did not.
As a potential tool for helping patients regain their memories, Baird and Samson conclude that: “Music was more efficient at evoking autobiographical memories than verbal prompts of the Autobiographical Memory Interview (AMI) across each life period, with a higher percentage of MEAMs for each life period compared with AMI scores.”
“The findings suggest that music is an effective stimulus for eliciting autobiographical memories and may be beneficial in the rehabilitation of autobiographical amnesia, but only in patients without a fundamental deficit in autobiographical recall memory and intact pitch perception.”
The authors hope that their ground-breaking work will encourage others to carry out further studies on MEAMs in larger ABI populations. They also call for further studies of both healthy people and those with other neurological conditions to learn more about the clear relationship between memory, music and emotion; they hope that one day we might truly “understand the mechanisms underlying the unique memory enhancing effect of music”.
It was 50 Years Ago Today: Louis Armstrong Records “Hello Dolly”
Fifty years ago, in early December 1963, Louis Armstrong recorded “Hello Dolly” for Kapp Records — a record that would knock The Beatles out of the number 1 spot as the most popular record in the country. In his blog post, Ricky Riccardi brings us a wealth of information about Armstrong and “Hello Dolly” to read, listen to, and watch.
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The Red Garland Quintet - Soul Junction
Red Garland: piano
Donald Byrd: trumpet
John Coltrane: tenor saxophone
George Joyner; bass
Art Taylor; drums
Music to warm the soul.
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"For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." - Nelson Mandela, may he rest in peace.
"Every moment is a given moment. Every moment is a gift. We have not bought it, we have not earned it. It is simply given to us. And with this moment is given to us opportunity."
—Brother David Steindl-Rast
It’s Thanksgiving tomorrow here in America, and we’re thankful for so many things: sweet potatoes, freshly baked cookies, puppy gifs, not missing our buses home, and, of course, YOU, our amazing Tumblr followers.
So we’re signing off for the holidays with a little gem from TED — Want to be happy? Be grateful — a lovely reflection on life, gratitude, and happiness from monk and interfaith scholar Brother David Steindl-Rast. It will give you all the warm fuzzies, no matter where you are.
Above, a quote from the TED Blog’s Q&A with Brother David, which you can check out here.
Chet Baker with Jimmy Rowles, Carson Smith and Charlie Parker
Los Angeles 1953
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