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Listening to music that was played a lot during a significant life event (e.g., a family celebration) many years ago can trigger a deeply nostalgic emotional experience. The feeling is not in the music, but in what it reminds us of. The power of music to evoke reminiscing is shown in the movie Casablanca, where Rick forbids his bar pianist Sam ever to play “As Time Goes By,” because of the unbearable feelings of sadness and loss recalled by the song.
What makes music so emotionally powerful is the creation of expectation. Research shows that anticipation is a key element in activating the reward system and provoking musical pleasure. Unexpected changes in musical features intensity and tempo is one of the primary means by which music provokes a strong emotional response in listeners (Salimpoor et al, 2015). With enough exposure, the difference between expected and actual events decreases such that listeners begin to anticipate these events. And music becomes less pleasing.
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If you want to see the passionate and wild associative imagination in process, you could do no better than this collection, All American Poem by Matthew Dickman. Dickman is a story teller, a comedian, a riffer, and a broken hearted gorilla of a poet. His poems tend to be long-lined, some would say garrulous, and much of his subject matter is drawn from the wounds of family and youthful heartbreak — in that sense, they are highly relatable to young readers. What distinguishes them is his huge imagistic talent, his very conversational tones, and the skill of his long unfolding sentences and monologues. Also, although his heart is funny-melancholy– Dickman does does not “victimize” his stories–this is in no way melodamatic pathos- poetry. His heart feltnesss is always on the surface and real, but he is never self-important or pretentious