[wwbc] Re: Baroque Music
- Couldn't resist joining in with this one :-) Although there are many people
out there, as you rightly said, who just listen to one particular type of
music and no other, there are those of us who (although not musically
trained in any way) love all types of music, from punk rock to classical.
Both my husband and myself choose music to complement our mood at the
moment - or to change our mood if needed, such as listening to to new age
music for relaxation, bright 'pop' music to cheer us up (especially good if
I'm cleaning - it helps the work along if you can have a good sing-song and
dance with the vacuum cleaner!), and sometimes very loud rock music if I'm
in a bad mood and need to get it out of my system. Some of the 60's
classics, such as 'Twist and Shout' my kids love being picked up and
'danced' with to.
Music seems to affect our emotions so much - how many of the sad, scary or
romantic bits in films would be as effective without the background music?
I actually used music as a form of pain relief when I had my youngest
daughter - I took along 3 tapes, one of Enya for calming, relaxing and
snoozing to, one of popular love songs which included Wet,Wet,Wet and Phil
Collins, and one of Bon Jovi for if the contractions got hectic and I needed
something to scream to!! (I didn't need this one though!). The atmosphere
in the delivery room was wonderful - The midwives were singing along too, my
husband was more relaxed and concentrating on the music really helped me
cope with the pain.
Another interesting thought: When I was pregnant with my eldest daughter I
was especially 'into' two particular songs - 'Cherish' and 'Dear Jessie' by
Madonna, and would play them all the time. After she was born I did not
listen to them for years. My husband recently put this Madonna CD in his
car and as soon as she heard these tracks my daughter (now 9) absolutely
loved them and requests them all the time when we are driving - does she
remember them from before birth??
Surely by only listening to only one particular type of music - whether that
be 'heavy metal' or 'classical' - you are only stimulating particular areas
of the brain - by listening and appreciating many types you are excercising
and stimulating many more of the neurons in the musical area of the brain -
which is obviously good if you are trying to expand your 'whole brain'
capabilities. I think it is all too easy to become a bit 'regulated' in the
type of music listened too, and sometimes this is governed by outside
influences and expectations and the desire all of us have to be accepted by
our peers, but this is just as dangerous to mental development as any other
type of thought being constrained by traditional or social margins.
I enjoy the odd MacDonalds, and music with thumping bass beats (and I've
been tested as having an IQ of 156 so I can't be that moronic!
Best wishes, Lynda :-)
- Susan - Joining the fray. I absolutely agree with Lynda. Music is a
universal means of communication. I recall so many songs from
childhood which lifted my spirit and helped me to dare to dream. I
have sons who are in their late twenties -- both musicians. I
consider it the highest compliment that they both feel I have a real
understanding of their music. I wish some of the current rock music
had more of a message of hope and appeal to the best in us. And I
think we need to hear all of it to understand what our kids are
dealing with in their lives. I have met a number of young composers
who are combining baroque and classical with modern rock and producing
some very interesting music. I think their music will eventually find
it's way into mainstream music lines. I have worked with a number of
individuals with brain chemistry difficulties -- and again -- I found
that music is often a means of communication which reaches to depths
sometimes not reached by words.
Pop is for fun, classic is ART.
From: CMartin336@... <CMartin336@...>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Viernes, 23 de Julio de 1999 07:15 p.m.
Subject: [wwbc] Re: Baroque Music
I assume, that you would develop a heart problem. Because the rhythm of the
heart would be disturbed.
Look at people nowadays who listen a lot to very loud music with monotonic
bass. Do you get the impression, that they are masters in using their brain
And then compare this with the composers of barock time. At that time there
were a lot of excellent composers, not only the greatest like Bach, Händel
Why don´t we have any comparable composer at present time ?
A possible explanation could be, that in former centuries people were used
hear melodic music. Good folkmusic and excelently composed music.
And the musicians and composers at that times normally mastered several
instruments and were also well trained in history, spoke several languages
In other words, they trained their brain in an excellent manner.
Nowadays most composers of pop music don´t master even one instrument. And
doubt, that they have trained their brains.
Popmusic is for the brain what MacDonald is for the stomach.
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- I've been thinking about Baroque music. Yes, we have excellent music from
the Baroque period, but we must remember that there was probably a lot of bad
music coming out at this time -- much of it probably not very good. Since
they didn't have radios and televisions in those days, it wasn't as
disseminated as it is now. 300 years later the good has lasted and the bad
has died out.
We have had good composers in this century -- Charles Ives, Benjamin Britten,
Aaron Copeland, to name a few. I've listened to some good music tapes
provided through Michael Gelb and the music has been excellent. The problem
is, we live in this century and hear the garbage, too.
I would guess that 300 years from now, people will be decrying the music that
comes out then, comparing it to the exquisite, timeless music coming from the
1900's! Time and nostalgia can make us think that everything back in the
Baroque period of history was excellent. It wasn't.
Just my opinion -- but worth thinking about. Share this with whomever you
would like to.
- Classic can make even much more fun than pop. But it can take more time, if
one is not used to hear classic music.
A scherzo for instance is music, which shall make fun. Pop makes at least no
fun for me. Bad texts, little inventions of melodies, nothing worth to spend
- I didn't mean that Classical music isn't fun. It's just not for party.
You can't dance it. And you obviously can't sing it (no lyrics :) ).
I certainly enjoy listening to Mozart, Beethoven or Vivaldi but I wouldn't
make a party with it. Its great for relaxation and fun to analyze (if I do
this with pop I would probably be disappointed).
I wouldn't spend time with pop. I would spend time with my frend listening
- sorry but i gotta jump in on this one - a vast quantity of classical music,
and especially baroque music (that of the era 1600-1750) was dance music.
and much of it is vocal music as well - yes with words even. as a matter of
fact vocal music came first and instrumental music developed from its
supportive role into its own medium by adapting vocal models to fit the
instruments as they were developing, and then accomodating the virtuoso
> I didn't mean that Classical music isn't fun. It's just not for party.
> You can't dance it. And you obviously can't sing it (no lyrics :) ).
- There are a lot of dances in classical music and of course people danced at
But that were other more cultivated forms of dances than nowadays.
I agree with you. Don´t misuse this excellent music at parties.