Alfred Hitchcock was originally a draftsman/advertising designer for a cable company, he then became interested in photography and broke into the movie industry by designing the titles for silent movies.
It only took 5 years from the time he started as a title designer to become a film director.
No, I am not talking about the horrible scene in Star Trek: Wrath of Kahn. If you don’t know the scene I am talking about, consider yourself lucky.
I am talking about the term used to describe when you get a song stuck in your head.
Many people are set off by the theme music of a film or television show or advertisement. This is not coincidental, for such music is designed, in the terms of the music industry, to “hook” the listener, to be “catchy or “sticky” – to bore its, like an earwig, into the ear or mind; hence the term “earworms” -though one might be inclined to call them “brainworms” instead.
from Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia, p 45
Now the next time you get a song stuck in your head you can imagine it as a worm. You can thank me later.
Filed under life, movies, music
Joakim Noah, of the Chicago Bulls, is not the only athlete in the family.
His father, Yannick Noah, was a professional tennis player and won the French Open in 1983.
I am not sure if Joakim has the same musical aspirations, but Yannick is also a pop-soul singer. Who says you have to the same thing your entire life?
One of the most memorable Seinfeld episodes is The Soup Nazi, much to the surprise of everyone involved. It is easy to remember all that is involved with getting the soup and of course the dreaded “No soup for you!”. However, there is another memorable part of this episode — the armoire thieves.
John Paragon & Yul Vazquez playing the armoire thieves
By any chance, do you recognize the gentlemen on the left? (I’ll give you hint, he was a prominent character on a children’s television show.)
If you don’t know, don’t worry. I didn’t know either that is why I am posting the answer now.
John Paragon as Jambi the Genie
“Mekka-lekka hi mekka hiney ho!”
“Mekka-lekka hi mekka chahney ho!”
“Mola-mekka chala mekka hola hayla hey!
Long live Jambi.
Filed under life, tv shows
In Part II, chapter 7 of Oliver Sacks book, Musicophilia he states that:
Anatomists today would be hard put to identify the brain of a visual artist, a writer, or a mathematician–but they could recognize the brain of a professional musician without a moment’s hesitation.
You may be asking yourself how on earth is that possible?
Using MRI morphometry, Gottfried Schlaug at Harvard and his colleagues made careful compariaons of the sizes of various prain structures. In 1995, they published a paper showing that the corpus callosum, the commissure that connects the two hemispheres of the brain, is enlarged in professional musicians and the auditory cortex has an asymetric enlargement in musicians with absolute pitch. Schlaug et al. went on to show increased volumes in gray matter in motor, auditory, and visuospatial areas of the cortex as well as the cerebellem.