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How Music Affects the Growth of Plants

Music is so powerful it can affect the growth of plants! Dorothy Retallack, a graduate student in Denver, Colorado, placed plants in five greenhouses with different types of music playing    All the greenhouses had identical soil, light and water conditions.
1. The plants in the greenhouse with classical and Indian music thrived, were green and healthy, and had many flowers. They leaned toward the music, just like they grow toward the sun.
2. The plants where country/western music was playing grew the same as those with no music – at a moderate rate, with a normal amount of flowers.
3. The plants that were exposed to loud acid rock music had stunted growth, with no flowers – in fact, many plants withered and died.  They turned away from the rock music.

Does Rock Music Cause Erratic Behavior?

After performing this experiment, Ms. Retallack commented, “If rock music has an adverse effect on plants, is the rock music listened to so long and so often by the younger generation partly responsible for their erratic, chaotic behavior?  Could the discordant sounds we hear these days be the reason humanity is growing neurotic?”

Ancients Knew Beautiful Harmonious Music Was Beneficial for Plants.

Another study by Dr. T.C. Singh of the Botany Department at Annamalai University, India, had similar results. He found that the plants exposed to classical music grew at twice their normal rate, and that later generations of the seeds from the stimulated plants also were larger and had more lush foliage.  If different types of music had this effect on plants, imagine how music can influence human beings!  Ancients intuitively knew this even before there was controlled research. They believed the finest flowers would grow near the temples, where beautiful, harmonious music was played.

From book, Music, Healing and Harmony.   http://www.amazon.com/dp/0961551305


Create Your Own Spiritual Place.

Anything beautiful, whether visual art, music, nature, flowers, or love can be sacred and remind us of the awesomeness of life. Even when a piece of music isn’t formally labeled as religious, it may bring us to a spiritual place.

Use Your Favorite Piece of Music and Something Beautiful.

Try an experiment. Put on a favorite piece of music – something so beautiful it instills in you a sense of awe. The music can be classical, popular, religious, folk song – whatever appeals to you. Then look around and choose something beautiful to observe intently. For instance, focus on the center of a flower.

Focus on the Music and the Beautiful Object.

Breathe deeply, and concentrate on both the visual and auditory experience. Try to imagine how this beautiful flower was created, at the same time being aware of different harmonies, rhythm patterns, and the tone and timbre (color) in the music. Bring your attention back to the flower’s center — its colors, shape and structure. Continue shifting between the music and the flower, eventually merging your reactions to each.  You will be filled with a sense of awe and wonder, feeling at one with the universe.
Listen to some relaxing harp music. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000FL87N6



Musical Hallucinations (also Known as “Earworms”)

Advertisers, film and television producers love to use catchy tunes that will stay in listeners’ ears and brains and instantly make you think of a certain product or show.  But if a tune or jingle gets stuck in your head and annoys you, that is what Oliver Sacks, author of Musicophilia, refers to as a “brainworm.”  The best way to get an irritating tune out of your head is to listen to or perform other music.

The hearing part of your brain never shuts down, even when you’re under an anaesthetic or sleeping.  Sometimes the music that the surgeon had playing while performing your surgery, for example, will become embedded in your brain.  Later you will be humming or hearing that tune, and wondering why. You have a “brainworm!”

Musicians, you can use this to your advantage when memorizing a piece of music.  Record the piece yourself or get a good recording of it.  Put the music on as you’re going to bed and when you’re sitting down to relax.  This will automatically speed up the memorization.  You can also read the music visually, experience the feel of fine motor and muscle coordination, hear the music you’re producing, and take in the music by ear only.

Choose your listening music carefully, even when you’re not consciously aware of it.  If you’re going to have a “brainworm,” it might just as well be enjoyable!

“Music, Healing and Harmony” by Sally Fletcher  http://www.amazon.com/dp/0961551305




A virtuoso is a musician with real high morals.

Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf.  He was so deaf he wrote loud music.

Refrain means don’t do it.  A refrain in music is the part you had better not try to sing.

An opera is a song of bigly size.

I know what a sextet is but I’d rather not say.

Caruso was at first an Italian.  Then someone heard his voice and said he would go a long way.  And so he came to America.

Probably the most marvelous fugue was the one between the Hatfields and the McC



Born on January 27, 1756, in Salzburg, Austria, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a musician capable of playing multiple instruments who started playing and composing at the age of 4. He was known as a prodigy, and unlike any other composer in musical history, he wrote in all the musical genres of his day. His music was written to accommodate the specific tastes of particular audiences, not always following the “proper” form or harmony of his generation.


Mozart spent many years traveling with his father, and later as a salaried professional at various prestigious organizations. Similar to modern day rock stars, he was often discontent with the confining environment of these positions.  Often he was required to compose and play certain types of music, which Mozart objected to but was obliged to observe. He had once mixed freely with noblemen, but now found himself placed at a table in the lodgings for the archbishop’s entourage, below the valets if above the cooks. Furthermore, he was refused permission to play at concerts (including one attended by the emperor at which Mozart could have earned half a year’s salary in an evening). He was resentful and insulted. Matters came to a head at an interview with Archbishop Colloredo, who, according to Mozart, used unecclesiastical language; Mozart requested his discharge, which was eventually granted at a stormy meeting.


After many ups and downs in his career, Mozart set about earning a living in Vienna. His main concern was to take on some pupils, to write music for publication, and to play in concerts (which in Vienna were more often in noblemen’s houses than in public).

At the time of his death Mozart was widely regarded not only as the greatest composer of the time but also as a bold and “difficult” one. He suffered from depression and several illnesses.

Mozart spent the last 10 years of his life in precarious independence in Vienna.




Love Inspires Musical Composition

It’s no accident that so much music, from country music to operas, is about love.  The lyrics to country music songs often have a theme about the composer’s awesome partner or the loss of a love.  Well-known, beautiful classical music like Mozart’s “Concerto for Clarinet in A Major, 2nd Movement,” and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik may turn your heart to thoughts of love. Ravel’s “Bolero” is a sensual classical favorite that can put you in the mood for romantic love.   Many classical composers wrote music especially for their lovers.  In 1810 Beethoven wrote “Für Elise” and noted that it was for his immortal beloved.  There is some debate as to whether it was written for the woman he was in love with at that time, Therese Malfatti, or for his long-time lover, Therese van Brunswick.  It’s also unknown whether Elise was a nickname for Therese or whether the publisher misread Beethoven’s handwriting.  We will probably never know which of these women (if either one)  inspired him and earned the title of his “immortal beloved.”

Music Plays a Role in Romance

Charles Darwin, in The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, stated that the need to find a mate was the pressing requirement of evolution.  He then suggested that, among humans, music played an important role in sexual selection.  Music can powerfully intensify and move your feelings, emotions and intellect all at once.   When you attend a Broadway show or romantic movie that stirs your emotions, be sure to get the soundtrack.  If you hear your partner say, “Oh, I love that song,” download that song or buy a CD with that song included. Listen to some romantic harp music at http://heavenlyharpist.com/harp-cd.htm.

What are some of your favorite love songs?




It’s cathartic to get in touch with all our emotions, good and bad. Music is a safe way to do this. There is always resolution in music, from dissonance to harmony. We can identify with that since life is a series of ups and downs, conflict-resolution, sadness-joy, stress-relaxation.







3 Ways In Which Music Can Inspire Writing – R.S. Mollison-Read

3 Ways In Which Music Can Inspire Writing