We Create Music Blog
May 14, 2012

Brain Damage and Droopy Plants are No Match for Music


By Etan Rosenbloom, Associate Director & Deputy Editor, Communications & Media

So you’ve got a batch of stellar songs and a great-sounding record. Still having trouble convincing an audience to take a chance on you? Well what if you told potential listeners that your music could help improve sports performance? Combat illiteracy? Even make wine taste better?

Mental Floss blogger Jessica Hullinger has pulled together a list of 11 problems that music has been scientifically proven to address.

Some of the findings are pretty eye- (and ear-!) opening. For example, a recent documentary Alive Inside showed how playing music to Alzheimer's patients helped them temporarily wake up from their dementia; another found that lifelong musicians actually processed sound better than non-musicians, and that the gap widened as the participants got older.

Some of the less universally applicable studies - like the study that showed that playing German songs in a wine store boosted the sales of German wine - still have fascinating implications. And while I’m personally disappointed that plants seem to prefer easy listening to rock music, anyone with a green thumb might well beef up their Dionne Warwick and Michael Bublé collections.

These results point to something that songwriters and composers have long known, but bears repeating: music has value far beyond its role as entertainment. All the more reason that it's worth protecting.

Read the original post on Mental Floss here: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/126415