Learned Associations Between Music and Emotion: A Theory?

music-notesIn this post, I’m going to tackle a topic for which I have little real knowledge, but a deep curiosity and one particular question for which I’m unable to find a satisfying answer.

I’ll begin by recounting the story of a conversation I had with a very close friend several months ago. Continue reading


“People these d…

history of ghosts“People these days can’t seem to tolerate one moment without entertainment!” – Samuel A. Aykroyd

Love this quote, but had to dig to find it again.  It’s something Samuel Agustus Aykroyd (Dan Aykroyd’s great-grandfather) said, and was recorded by his grandson, Peter Aykroyd (Dan Aykroyd’s father) in his journal.  The journal entry was published in Peter Aykroyd’s book ‘A History of Ghosts’ (2009).  An excellent book, full of charming and enlightening anecdotes from the Aykroyd family’s long experience with Spiritualism.

Park Bridge is one Scary-Ass Bridge

6254616-park-bridge-golden-bc--spanning-kicking-horse-canyonWhen I went out west to visit my brother in Calgary, Alberta, we went on a one night camping trip to Golden, British Columbia.  We drove through the mountains, with the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen.  It was about a four hour trip, and as we were careering along the Trans-Canada highway, my brother got tired of driving and asked me to take over.  This was on a weekend, so there wasn’t much traffic, and even though I was completely unfamiliar with the area I had no problem giving him a reprieve for a while.

A few minutes after we got back on the road though, we passed over the scariest bridge I’ve ever seen.  I’m afraid of heights, and on my visit, we had explored several mountain passes and logging roads, that are, shall we say, treacherous. Continue reading

And God Disappeared in a Puff of Logic…

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make His way home

So, Alanis Morissette is kind of a lazy philosopher, but she’s asked an interesting question.  I prefer the way Douglas Adams put it though, in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.  What if God is, in fact, a crazy old hermit hold up in a tin shack on some unnamed planet in some distant corner of the galaxy?  What if God doesn’t even realize that he created the universe?  What if he’s trapped in a loop of existential confusion, and questions whether prayers are for him or are actually serenades for his cat?

Edit:  Alanis Morissette had nothing to do with the song One of Us, from which the above lyrics are taken.  She, in fact, didn’t ever even perform or record a cover of the song.  Though many people seem to think it was Morissette, it was in fact Joan Osborne.  Either way…I have the same view of the message.

“Ideally, what …

“Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.”
― Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook