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Originally I posted this under the "Some Music Is Bad For You, Say Scientists"-topic. After reading the full article, I think it deserves a new topic.

So read this very interesting article!


Just a quote from the article:

When they scanned the brains of musicians who had chills of euphoria when listening to music, they found that music activated some of the same reward systems that are stimulated by food, sex and addictive drugs

One might draw a variety of interesting conlusions from this finding :) :( :ph34r: :unsure: ;)

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Well I think I shall read that article more fully, Henk -- skimmed over it a bit -- AND, I think I'll have to find and listen to my cassette that I bought quite a while ago of the music of Boris Mourashkin. See: http://www.celestialcreations.com/page1.html


At a yoga class some years ago, another student passed along to me a health-related magazine....can't remember for what, whether it was recipes or had a yoga article or what. But, one of the articles was about this Russian man who had been badly injured in a car accident. He got miraculous healing through his music he then created while recovering, 'Bio-Energetic Psychotropic' music. (I think I've seen a picture of him playing a piano accordion, too, but....be NICE...heheheh :angry: :lol: )


Anyway, I love his music and I did in fact have a particularly interesting experience one day while listening to it. I can't quite explain it, but, I'll try --


I was parked at a McDonald's, eating something. VERY tired. I was playing his cassette, and suddenly the sounds seemed to match up strangely with the sight of a white butterfly fluttering nearby. The sounds were like....little helicopter sounds or something -- something electronic, mixed with some natural sounds.


But, it was as if I became suddenly very 'tuned-in' to the butterfly, and its wing movements seemed to me like they might have seemed to a ladybug on the ground down below it. I don't know....guess I turned into Alice-In-Wonderland for a minute.....but, I swear, all I had was a Fish Filet and a coffee, probably.... :blink: Anyway, it all seemed very supernatural and I will always remember that white butterfly, for sure!


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You can hear some sound-clips, there. It's 'Points Of Light' that I have.

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...but, I swear, all I had was a Fish Filet and a coffee, probably...

Don't forget that the reason psychoactive drugs work the way they do is that they're very similar to chemicals your brain produces all by itself. Between the complex chemistry and the complex circuitry, minor variations can occasionally produce profound consequences -- i.e., profound experiences -- without any artifical additives. :)

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If music be the food of love, play on!

Nice quote David :)


I always thought 'marathon' playing adds to the addictive chills – much like marathon runners who get showered by euphoria – while we run mile after mile just with the fingers.


And too I suspect there are hidden parts in the brain – at least of some - that specificly respond to concertina sounds (yeah tiny cells with tiny tiny bellows) … (we're weird anyway) … at least this must have been what got me right into concertina playing. The responsible party was Brian McNeill who played a strange little instrument that I never have seen or heard before in concert, causing instant happiness and the desire to get more.


(He played English, by the way - maybe I should take that final step, too.)

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...Brian McNeill...

(He played English, by the way - maybe I should take that final step, too.)

Still does, I believe.

As for going to the English, why not? Nothing wrong with playing more than one kind. :)


Corrected a typo. Now everything should be properly spaced out. ;)

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Jim, this reminds me I gotta play the lottery this weekend ... I'd love to learn it (Learning retunes the brain, says Mr. Weinberger) ... a friend borrowed me his old Lachenal (english) once for testing.


Geez did I get in my own way here, with all the pulling and pushing that out of a sudden made little to no sense.


enjoy the chills :)

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Musical fast food. B)

Is that what causes premat...


Oh, never mind. :unsure:

And what do scientists make of people who can play anglo and english (fingers parallel) and also change instruments mid tune?
Many of us have had the pleasure of watching Ken Sweeney play EC and diatonic harmonica simultaneously, first in unison, then in harmony.


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