• Journaling with music

    Pretty interesting post today on the merits of using a playlist of music to document life experiences. Too busy to write? Love music? A nostalgia buff? Why not use the power of the playlist to document your true feelings at a given point in time? Heck, I even did it with the most recent post to this blog.

    There’s actually science backing up why music triggers such visceral memories — a 2013 study at the University of Newcastle in Australia found that pop music helped patients with severe brain injuries remember pieces of their past. The study played the most popular songs from the patients’ life, and asked participants about whether they liked it and what they remembered. The study was the first of its kind to look into how music-evoked autobiographic memories (MEAM) affects people with brain injuries. According to Psychology Today, “Songs that evoked a memory were noted as being more familiar and more well liked than songs that did not trigger a MEAM.”

    A UC Davis study mapped the brain while participants listened to music and found that familiar music activates regions of the brain linked to emotion and memory. Petr Janata, the study’s author said, “a piece of familiar music serves as a soundtrack for a mental movie that stays playing in our head.””It calls back memories of a particular person or place, and you might all of a sudden see that person’s face in your mind’s eye,” Janata said in a press release. “Now we can see the association between those two things — the music and the memories.” A more recent study from McGill University tested responses to four different moods of music, and concluded that “happy” samples of music triggered the fastest memory recall.

  • Jammin’ to a (Spotify) Billboard Top 10 playlist

    This week’s Billboard magazine top 101 is a little special to me. I was beginning my sophomore year in college, and late 1980s pop was at such a zenith. All of the tracks were bangin’ and really made listening to top 40 radio a joy on those days.

    BILLBOARD HOT 100 TOP 10 (8.15.1987)

    1110I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking ForU2
    276Who's That GirlMadonna
    3211I Want Your SexGeorge Michael
    4511LukaSuzanne Vega
    5118La BambaLos Lobos
    6416Heart And SoulT'Pau
    71210Don't Mean NothingRichard Marx
    8811Cross My Broken HeartThe Jets
    91315Only In My DreamsDebbie Gibson
    10612Rhythm Is Gonna Get YouGloria Estefan/MSM
    1. The 10 hottest tracks in the United States, this week in chart history. []