Reflection on Emotion, Music and Memory

Music is one of the most influential art forms there is. When you look at a piece of art or taste an amazing food, you have emotion and you feel a certain way, but music takes this to a whole other level. If you were to think of every moment in your life, you could probably associate a song to go along with it where as with a visual art piece would be more difficult to do. This is because the right song at the right time can change how you see something or impact you in such a great way that it is ingrained in your mind forever.

When listening to music I feel like at that moment, no matter what is happening, that everything is alright; like nothing that is happening to me could touch me when I have my earphones in or the speakers on. Music is my one escape from the real world that has been effective every time, without fail. The most vivid memory I have is when I left LJA to move to Colorado with my mom. This was not the prettiest part of my life in any way. I was not ready for the move, I was not ready to leave my dad, I was not ready. There was an ongoing custody battle between my parents, forcing us to not really interact with them for fear of being accused of choosing sides. I became very close, as close as brothers could be, with my younger brother Sammy. Danny, although going through the same situation, chose a different outlet and preferred to be alone. So Sammy and I became very good friends over our last few months in Hawaii and the year in Colorado. At the time, and don’t laugh too hard, Sammy was obsessed with Lady Gaga. All day he would shuffle through her music playing “Poker Face” or “Just Dance”. While I did not enjoy the music all that much, it made Sammy so happy to listen to it so it made me happy. To this day, while it is only 5 years ago, anytime I think of Colorado one of Lady Gaga’s songs will begin playing in my head despite my efforts to tune her out. Lady Gaga got Sammy through the tough time and that helped me get through it as well.

This experience made me wonder, why does music have such a great impact on us? I came up with a theory of my own. In music it is much easier to convey emotion and transfer that emotion from the artist to the consumer. We are trained to listen to voices and know what a person is feeling through their tone and vocal patterns. In music, the singer or songwriter can use these elements to evoke emotions in us that may not be there or are hidden under the surface. For instance, when you’re listening to a sad song, you feel sad, or an upbeat song makes you want to dance around. The complexity of this connection, I think, is impossible to describe and will not be fully understood for years to come.


Senses: Touch and Hearing Reflection


The World’s Largest Natural Sound Archive: This article is about the massive collection of wildlife sounds that is now accessible to the general public. 

The Cocktail Party Effect: Our ability to tune out distractions and listen to only what we want to. The cocktail party effect is a study done on this to test how good we really are at it.

Make the City Sound Better: Earphones that turn the sounds around you into music!? Heck YES!

Beethoven’s Deafness Influenced His Music (Study): Beethoven, as he was losing his hearing, began using lower notes that he could feel/hear more easily. 

Does Sound Influence Taste: The crispier a food sounds, the more we like it. Food is more pleasurable depending on the sounds around us and the sound of the food.

Opsound Sound Pool: Opsound is a collection of artists music and work that can be remixed, downloaded and more without copyright issues or other legal issues.


Kissing Device Sends Long-Distance Smooch: New technology where your kiss can be reproduced by a artificial mouth! Long distance relationships might work out after all.

Effects of Non-Sexual Touch: Non-Sexual touch can increase the compliance of the other person. They are more likely to return favors or items.

Dating With Science – Touch: Touch a girls arm and she will basically fall in love with you.

Touch Illusions: This article tells some cool illusions that touch can generate, ways that our brain can be tricked into thinking we are feeling something.

Touch and Technology: The Cutting Edge of Haptics: Scientists have made haptic feedback that can trick us into thinking that we are touching a sharp object when really it is flat.

4D Movies: Movies that you will be able to see, touch and smell.

This I Believe Essay Analysis

The this I believe essay I read was written by Sofie Tapia. In this essay she discusses her personal encounters with racism and how she overcame the adversity. Sofie believes that she is living within a very racist stereotype just because she is “African American”.  She discusses this using her own personal examples of how she was teased because of her race and how she felt during the teasing.  Sofie is proud of who she is and does not try to change herself to fit in, but to instead break the stereotypes. The conflict she faces in everyday life just helps her strive to do better and she stands tall through the struggle to be independent. The most shocking part of this essay was when a young boy made a racist comment to her. I realize that many kids can make a racist comment without thinking but the most shocking was when the boy tried to apologize by saying “It’s ok, you’re not really black.” This made me fear for the kid if he ever made this type of comment to someone who may not be so forgiving. I have witnessed many of these racial slurs, usually in a joking manner among friends who have known each other for a very long time, and I must admit that I have made some in the past to only my best friends, but after reading this essay I see how ignorant these jokes are and how hurtful they can really be. The moral of this story is to stand tall and don’t let adversity or racism bring you down. Break the stereotypes and become better because of them.

Crap Detection 2 Part Project

The video we watched by Howard Rheingold, a professor at UC Berkley was a very interesting video that was full of useful information. Howard warned us about the use of the internet as there are many dangers when browsing. He talked about what types of dangers we might encounter such as viruses, predators, and simply what websites to go to or not go to. Listening to this man could make the internet a much safer place, not because there would be fewer bad people/things but because more people would know how to avoid or ignore these dangers. The more we use the internet the more we realize how many viruses and ads there are to distract us or to harm us in a certain way. As said on the Crap Detection 101 article on sfgate, the more we use the internet the more we learn to question all of our downloads before we accept. We think to ourselves “Is this a legitimate, trustworthy download?” We have to always be conscious of this as there are so many people who create these harmful features even more who fall for them. The Frontline videos that we watched discussed the good and bad parts of the internet. These videos mainly talked about persuasion; our families, advertisements, friends all try and persuade us to buy things that we might not usually buy, if they do it consciously or not we do not know. Overall i think the internet began as a resource with information to be shared around the world, but now i feel like it is becoming more of a compromised source of information that not only contains false information but brain washes us to accept everything we are told and read.