BY MIKE PODSEDLY Published in Smoke Signals July 2020 Issue
“THE GREATEST MUSIC OF OUR LIFETIMES” is our slogan that is backed by science. Studies show that music can be a particularly effective cue for bringing one back to sights and sounds of events from across our life spans. These have been labeled MEAMS, Music-Evoked Autobiographical Memories.
The link between cues and associated memory have been demonstrated in several controlled settings with a variety of participants. Favorite songs are typically listened to much more frequently over one’s lifetime than films or books.
Our preferred music is rooted in adolescence and early adulthood. Research revealed songs released when the participant was 10 to 30 years old are preferred, better recognized and elicit heightened emotional responses compared to songs from other periods. There is also a bump in ages 40 to 50 years old. For example, if you are 70 years old today then the music from 1960 to 1980 would be called your favorites. There might also be some favorites from 1990 to 2000.
The average study participant listened to music 30 min to 1 hour per half day. The number of MEAMS reported was positively associated with the volume of music listening in total. MEAMS can be effectively evoked most often in situations where your attention is not explicitly focused on music. Most MEAMS were experienced during background listening. They can occur while driving/traveling, doing housework, at work, relaxing, socializing, etc. MEAMS were reported as involuntary rather than deliberately retrieved. Another finding I found interesting was that there was no significant difference in the occurrence of MEAMS between musicians and non-musicians since I fall in the latter group.
Older adults reported more positive emotions in response to their MEAMS as expected. They also reported having more vivid memories. MEAMS are a relatively common everyday experience which serve to transport us back to life events that are often highly vivid, positive and social in nature. MEAMS have a role in maintaining one’s life narrative and evolving sense of self. This might also explain why people tend to reject the music of younger generations due to the lack of MEAMS experienced by them.
Personally, I have been constructing a timeline of significant events during my life as defined by me. I have then noted what songs bring the sharpest recall of each of these events. The process is not this clean because sometimes the music suggests the events and other times the events might lead me to the selection of the music.
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BY MIKE PODSEDLY Published in Smoke Signals June 2020 Issue
Inside The Gates Radio owes its existence to the streaming revolution. It is estimated that 80% of music listening is on streaming platforms. The music we consumers play is not ours in the physical sense. This is in contrast to when we purchased vinyl records or CDs, which had all the information about the tracks and band members on the album covers or CD inserts. We all just rent the music we listen to whenever we activate a streaming service.
The advent of streaming has made an enormous amount of content available to us. In order to navigate this wealth of choice, providers have created algorithms to produce playlists to choose from. These playlists use adjectives like mellow, chill, workouts, cleaning, etc. to match the songs to your activity or mood. The algorithms are based on databases that include the song classification, demographics and listening habits. To access the content, one pays $10 to $15 per month for the privilege. Inside the Gates Radio doesn’t use algorithms to generate playlists. Every song that is selected for the library has been chosen by humans. One by one, songs are evaluated for relevance, quality of sound and performance along with listening experience. This results in a carefully curated library that is “the greatest music of our lifetimes.” The full library is played in rotation 24/7 so the listener gets a unique experience every session.
Unlike the streaming services the cost to stream Inside the Gates Radio is free— that’s free, free. ITG Radio is managed by music lovers who want to share their music and knowledge with you the listener. The live shows are must listen radio. The show schedule kicks off with Dinnis Keefe’s Saturday Serenade at 6:30 p.m., Sunday’s Shiraz Alikhan’s San Francisco Nights at 4:30 p.m. followed by Craig Looney’s Looney Tunes at 6:30 p.m. You will be engaged when they share the backstory of the songs they play. Craig offers a mini song quiz for every show and the questions along with the answers are posted in the blog section on www.insidethegatesradio.com.
This radio station is an amazing asset to the Big Canoe community and beyond. The potential for communicating with residents is unlimited. Access is very easy using your device and our app for IOS and Android. If using your computer just go to our website and use the player page to listen. Your listening experience can be enhanced by connecting to your Bluetooth speakers or even Alexa. Please take advantage of this great music library and it will evoke memories of events in your life and be reacquainted with favorite songs you may have forgotten.
Survey Research Naming Most Popular Artist / Bands by Decade
Mentioned On "Looney's Tunes" Show December 29, 2019
Rank 1950"s 1960's 1970's 1980's
1 Elvis Presley Beatles Led Zepplin Michael Jackson
2 Little Richard Rolling Stones Eagles Prince
3 Chuck Berry Bob Dylan Fleetwood Mac U2
4 Buddy Holly Beach Boys Elton John Madonna
5 Ray Charles Jimi Hendricks Pink Floyd Bruce Springsteen
Rank 1990's 2000's
1 Garth Brooks Nickleback
2 Mariah Carey Eminem
3 Nirvana Usher
4 Celine Dion Coldplay
5 Whitney Houston Britney Spears
What does that mean? In short it is expanded genres, more familiarity, less obscurity but still with some hidden gems.
A lot of people remember where they were when “X” happened. This represents a shared experience among several people. From a music perspective however songs can evoke a more visceral personal response. Music can be associated with our own life events – a single day to a longer time frame i.e. College Days.
Boomers are retiring at the rate of 10,000 per day. Some of the additional time this affords is often spent contemplating the times of our lives. Music can trigger memories of good times or bad, past relationships and choices made. This phenomena is relevant not only to Big Canoe but to a much larger audience.
While we can’t program for each listener, we can create a playlist with a timeline that contains a wide swath of listeners together with a range of music to jog your memory.
1.It became common practice for companies to use rock music in advertising campaigns and this was one of the leading songs to hold such a distinction. Microsoft paid $10 Million for the use of this one..
2.Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town in Omaha, NE in 1917. The motto of Boys Town became a title for a song that was originally offered (and turned down) by Joe Cocker. Another group made it one of their biggest hits ever..
3.This artist was bemoaning how difficult his life was while getting treatment for drug addiction and bulimia in 1990. To get out of his bubble, he started doing things by himself...making his own phone calls, booking his own hotel rooms and got a dog to take care of...He wrote a song about it. Who was the artist and song?
4.This artist got the inspiration for a new album a few days after the 9/11 attacks, when a stranger in a car stopped next to him, rolled down his window and said, "We need you now!" Who was the artist and album?
Battle Of The Bands! Fooling Yourself by Styx vs Delta Lady by Joe Cocker
1.Start Me Up Rolling Stones 2.He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother Hollies
3.Simple Life Elton John 4.The Rising Bruce Springsteen
Listeners picked Joe Cocker by 1 vote in the Battle of the Bands