Why We Do It

Why We Do It You’ve undoubtedly noticed music’s effect. We’ve all noticed, for example, how movie music manipulates your reactions to what you’re viewing. Or, if you’ve been to the Met or Avery Fisher, how Opera or a symphony can put some (not you, of course) to sleep, or captivate others in the magic of a story or imagery.

Well guess what? We were right! Now scientists are proving what we already know. Through brain imaging and other wonders of modern research, science is now able to confirm that we are actually feeling what we think we are feeling. Wow. What a breakthrough!

I can now safely speak up about how very important I believe music is in the scheme of life. Not only does it arouse and enhance our emotions, but music also has healing properties and plays a significant role in creating community. I always suspected this was true, but now I know… because I heard it on NPR!

I’ll bet ‘they’ will soon be able to demonstrate with brain imaging and other wonders of modern research that Drama helps its creators and audience to work out their internal conflicts, and that Art gives a sense of purpose to both artist and viewer. But, of course, there are those of you who will doubt the evidence until hard science proves it. In the meantime, we at the cell will keep doing what we do in order to prove science right!

Posted on June 10, 2011 and filed under Un-Blog Me!.