Format Your Brain
“You like rap music?” Dan looked at Juggernaut listening to Rap.
“I don’t get it.”
“Rap music was evolved in Jamaica in early 70’s’ as DJ music and American singers introduced it here as Rap music and internationalized it.”
“I listen to pop and R&B music a lot but never able to appreciate Rap music the way you seem to enjoy listening to Rap,” Dan seems puzzled.
“I have been listening to DJ music since early 70’s and I developed liking towards it, it takes time to develop interest or liking towards music foreign to us.” “Don’t you love Indian music?”
“Of course, I love all kind of Indian music; classical, film, devotional, instrumental or whatever; Indian music makes me feel at ease and no other music come close, I don’t know why.”
“To feel at ease or enjoy a particular type of music or a tune, your brain has to be formatted to accept that particular tune,” “When you listen to a new tune or alien music for the very first time, you don’t enjoy as much as your favorite tunes because your brain has not yet formatted to receive the new tune, as you listen to the new tune repeatedly, the new tune begins to make a format in the brain and you start enjoy listening to it thereafter.”
“You mean to say that my brain has not yet formatted to Rap music?”
“Yes, since you mentioned that you don’t enjoy listening to Rap, tells me that your brain has yet to be formatted for Rap; if you listen to Rap more often, slowly you will start enjoying Rap and you may find some Rap songs more interesting than others and then you look forward listening to your favorite Rap on the radio.”
“How you figured it out all this?”
“Well, when I first came to Trinidad in early 70’s, at first I did not like the local Calypso music the way I love Indian music but as I continued to listen Calypso, I started liking it and enjoying it immensely; I could distinguish bad from good Calypso and so forth, similarly when I moved to Jamaica, it took some time to appreciate Reggae music and became a fan of Bob Marley and other Reggae artists over a period of time, I feel at ease and enjoy any type of music now.”
“Have you taken a course in music psychology in college?”
“No, I just figured out; for example, I enjoy Indian music immensely so as Trinidad Calypso, Jamaican Reggae, American Pop, R&B and Rap.” “There are some individuals who born with a preexisting condition with their brain already formatted to accept all kinds of music, these people appreciate new music instantly and some can also compose music, these were naturally born musicians.” “When I listen to old Indian movie melodies or Calypso by Mighty Sparrow or Reggae by Bob Marley, it creates a relax feeling and feel like sing along with those tunes because my brain was already formatted to receive these tunes from hearing repeatedly over a long periods of time.”
“Ok, now I understand what is music psychology, my brain has to be formatted again and again for new music to enjoy and being engaged while listening,” Dan appeared to be satisfied with his own understanding of music psychology.
“That’s right, so listen patiently to Rap or any other music alien to you, after some time, I bet you will start enjoying it and you will start rapping too.”
On receiving the lesson on music psychology from Juggernaut, Dan started practicing to sing Rap music. One day when Juggernaut was at his desk fighting to kill an old Indian song that turned into a brain-worm, he noticed Dan started rapping loudly dancing with his right hand shaking up and down as if he touched a very hot object and left hand holding his crutch.
“O Yeah, O yeah, I am a rapper from the East;
Came to make a name for myself in the West;
I can make best curry
to eat with Puri,
The experience is heavenly,
My name is Pancholy.