Tuesday, 26 October 2010

The How And The Why On Music !

A fascinating book on the how and the why of music and why it is so important to human beings.

  "All human cultures seem to make music - today and through history. But why they do so, why music can excite deep passions, and how we make sense of musical sound at all are questions that have, until recently, remained profoundly mysterious."  ....... MORE

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Snippets of Some Rambling Reflections - Part 1

You get what you give and you give what you get. !

Although verbal communication ie speaking and writing is important, the non-verbal aspect of communication should not be under estimated.
"Some studies show 60 per cent of any dialogue is made through nonverbal means – such as gestures, posture ......."   MORE   
All verbal communication is affected by the non-verbal communication that accompanies it. Face to face, expression  ......."   MORE 
If people spoke less and listen more perhaps we would have a better world ! ! !  .....  MORE  

If no one speaks there would be no need to listen. Perhaps human beings might then regain the art of telepathy !   Well it is just a thought !
"Communication was an important component of life in the ancient world, and could be divided up into three ....."   MORE    
  "According to some studies, communication between people is more that 50 percent nonverbal. That being the case ....."  MORE    
"Some studies show 60 per cent of any dialogue is made through non-verbal means – such as gestures, posture ......."    MORE         
"Colour is so deeply imbedded in our psyche that it's like the air that we breath… we don't notice the power, ...."    MORE      
 "Colours, like people have different personalities and these are perhaps the reason why we are attracted to ........ ."    MORE      
 "Everyone likes to imagine they are rational, fair, and free from prejudice. But how easily are we   misled by ...."     MORE     

............................    too be continued    ...........................

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

A Perspective of Colour and Its Role In Human Communication

Colour affects us all in subtle and more noticeable ways during the course of our daily lives, here are some links which expand on this further.
"Colours, like people have different personalities and these are perhaps the reason why we are attracted to ......." MORE
"Colour is so deeply imbedded in our psyche that it's like the air that we breath… we don't notice the power, ...." MORE
Can There Really Be A Colour And Music Relationship ?
 “The relationship of colour and music has inspired philosophical and creative discovery throughout the ages. ....."  MORE
Musical  Color Experiences
 “The experiences of color and music have always been closely intertwined. ......."  MORE
The Great Color Music Debate.   Painting music by colors is a subject which has occupied many a great mind down the centuries. The pondering goes along these lines. When one hears a particular musical sound one is drawn to a particular color or a particular sound is associated with a particular color or a color with a sound. Whether this is only a subjective experience on the part of the listener or whether we can draw a wider correlation between certain musical sounds and certain colors is open to debate. .........  MORE

Check out:  Color Codes: Modern Theories of Color in Philosophy, Painting and Architecture, Literature, Music and Psychology. by Charles A. Riley (Paperback)   …..  MORE

The author thinks that by trying to understand our own and other people’s ‘personality color’ it would help us to communicate with others better.
“Each one of us has one of four personality colors that dominate the way we behave and communicate  ......" MORE

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

What Says Jimi ?

On the 40th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix death Tom Robinson in this radio programme takes a look at  Hendrix's political  position during the late 1960's .

Along with Tom Robinson, this programme also features contributions from Eric Burton, Robert Wyatt, Hendrix's younger brother Leon Hendrix, Black Panther Party members of the period Aaron and Elmer Dixon and comments from the author Charles Sharr Murray.
"The programme culminates with Jimi's Woodstock Festival performance of 'The Star Spangled Banner', an eloquent (and wordless) statement against the Vietnam war......"  MORE

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Those Musical Feelings That We Have

I suppose you do not need to be a neuroscientist to know the power of music and the physical and psychological effects it can have on human beings.  Nevertheless, it is good to know anyway that neuroscientists of this interesting study have taken the time and effort to confirm and explain why we feel these ‘physical and psychological effects’
Over the past decade or so, studies have shown that music stimulates numerous regions of the brain all at once, including those responsible for emotion, memory, motor control, timing and language. MORE

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Are You A Good Listener ?

Listening is one those skills in communication which many of us overlook. If you are the one who does most of the talking in a conversation it probably means that you not listening or paying close attention to what the other person is saying. Often this can lead to a lot misunderstanding between the parties. So if you wish to be a better communicator try to talk less and listen more.  You may be surprise at the difference this might make, you might even improve your communication skills in the process!
In my journey toward better communication, here are 5 ways I’ve found to help reduce the distractions we face in communication: ............  MORE

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Are Your Facial Expressions Innate Or Learnt ?

Human Facial Expressions are Inborn, Study Found
A research paper published  by the 'Journal of Personality and Social Psychology' says that our facial expressions have "strong connections with our genes". This study goes  on  to say that " facial expressions of our emotions are innate" and consequently are not acquired in "cultural learning". ........ MORE

Thursday, 4 March 2010

The Musical World of Confucius

Confucius grew up in a world in which the Ancient Chinese believed that sound had a profound influence on the harmony of the universe. This importance is reflected in his own teachings in which music is featured very prominently.

Confucius considered music to be one of the two defining social and cultural structures that is attributed to a proper ordered society, along with correct observance of ritual. For him music encompassed learning, thinking, behaving, and governing.

Confucius felt that an individual education could not be completed without a musical education. As Confucius so eloquently put it "To educate someone, you should start with poems, emphasise of ceremonies, and finish with music".