Saturday, November 28, 2009

This is your brain on Celine Dion

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you're all having a good "break." I just wanted to share this with you guys to consider as you do the Wilson reading. While reading chapter 7, "Lets Talk About Taste," I thought of this old chart I found a few months ago that sort of relates. The study is based on what music good students and poorer students listen to, and it's interesting to look at and assess where you may end up on the chart. Who knows how legitimate it actually is, but I just thought it would be an interesting to share nonetheless.

Also notice that one of my favorite artists, Sufjan Stevens, is right up there with Beethoven, thank you very much.

See you all next week!


  1. I'm not a huge Nirvana fan, but I can't help but appreciate the irony of them receiving a modest, at best, rating. After all, they wrote this song.

  2. Interesting, thank you. Some results didn't surprise me, such as Norah Jones somewhat on the high-score end, while others did, such as The Counting Crows also there (love the band but I must say the music is not complex to say in the least). I wonder what it says about me, and about the usefulness of such a cut-and-dry classification, that I like bands from all across the score spectrum?

  3. I'm really surprised at the placement of gospel music!! That link is pretty interesting but I wonder how they really surveyed these??

  4. One thing that I found interesting was that the majority of the songs are all pretty much around the same region (mid-low). I think that this goes along with how our society views the music of current generations. Not so much as a fine art to be eloquently savored but an average piece of dribble that is catchy and makes us happy until the next good piece comes out.