Music And Suggestibility

Music And Suggestibility

Okay: suppose - just for argument's sake - that the music individuals listen to and enjoy can and does put them into hypnosis. What are the implications of that?

After all, I must qualify the above proper away. After I use the word "hypnosis" in this context I don't mean the type of passive and relaxed state which one experiences underneath the steering of a hypnotherapist. What I am referring to is just the form of shift within the high quality of consciousness which happens if you find yourself absorbed within the music you like - whether or not you're gyrating on a dance ground, amid flashing lights and ear-splitting din, or sitting quietly mesmerised by a Chopin nocturne. I believe that any such shift of consciousness renders us more suggestible.

I additionally must state the obvious. We are not puppets or computers. No matter state of consciousness we occur to be in we do not respond instantly, totally and positively to every suggestion we encounter. And but, in hypnoidal states of consciousness, we are more suggestible than in "normal" waking consciousness. So - to restate the opening question, if music puts us right into a hypnoidal state, what are the doubtless consequences?

Once more, to state the obvious, it relies on what kind of music you are listening to, and why. What kind of music do people listen to immediately? All sorts. There may be an audience for jazz, folks, classical, and so on. However - and I know this is a sweeping generalization - nearly all of folks, especially younger people, listen to what sells, to what's in fashion.

Certainly everybody on Britain who lived by means of the 60s, 70s and 80s will keep in mind High of the Pops on television and Alan Freeman's chart countdown show on the radio. In those days, almost eachbody okaynew - or at the very least had a rough concept - which track was at Number One.

Are you aware which music is at Number One at this moment? Me neither. But I assumed I would have a quick have a look at the High 3 as an indication of what a substantial proportion of the inhabitants, if not the bulk, are listening to at the moment. This would additionally give me some concept of what solutions are being communicated by the use of music.

Well - I had a rummage around online and it seems that on the time of writing - April thirtieth 2012 - the music at Number One is: "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen. Both music and singer are unknown to me. The music, with its accompanying video, was simple to search out online.

The singer is a thin but pretty younger girl who seems to be as if she is aged about 16 or 17. Presumably she is older. The song tells a very simple story. Our heroine throws a want into a well and, presumably as a consequence, falls in lust with someone wearing ripped jeans. The accompanying video makes it clear that this person is a young man. The lyrics say nothing about him. She gives him her phone number and asks him to call her. Unique, is not it? The singer's voice is, like her look, thin and immature, with that pale, adenoidal high quality which seems to be in fashion on the moment. The melodic line is of nursery-rhyme simplicity. The accompanying music consists largely of artificial string chords and percussion. There is nothing here that we've not heard a thousand instances before.

Number Two in the charts is a music called "Let's Go" by Calvin Harris. The "lyrics" of this song, if one may call them lyrics, include nothing more than essentially the most banal string of clichés. Let's go. I'm talking. It's what you're doing that matters. Let's make it happen. And that is about it. The singer is male. The voice has the identical immature whining high quality of the singer at the Number One slot however without the girlish charm. The melodic line, if it deserves such a title, couldn't presumably be more easy and shallow. The accompaniment encompass essentially the most basic rhythms and synthesized chords. Once more, there is nothing unique or distinctive about this whatsoever.

At number three is a tune called "We Are Younger" by a bunch called "Enjoyable". The title of the track and the name of the band most likely tell you all you must find out about this particular masterpiece. The music is a couple of trivial incident in a bar. The (male) protagonist is trying to apologize to his lover for something - the character of his misdemeanour isn't made clear. The apology doesn't appear to be going too well. Meanwhile our hero's associates are on the bathroom getting high on something or other. Interspersed with these sordid and trivial details there's a recurring refrain which asserts that "we" can burn brighter than the sun. Musically, nevertheless, this seems to be the strongest of the three. The melodic line is considerably richer and more different than that of the 2 songs above it in the charts. The chorus, with its pounding piano, its straightforward, if utterly unoriginal, harmonies and its anthemic melodic line, ensures that the piece is somewhat more memorable than most such ephemeral products.