Monday, September 09, 2013

2066 Heartbeat

Ever been to a public place and participated in a singalong? Did you feel exhilarated afterwards? You'll be happy to know scientists have found out why. Synchronized heartbeats.

Yep. Your heart was beating in time with the other singers. Swedish researchers strapped heart rate monitors to some volunteers and found out that if they sang together they ended up breathing together. It only makes sense. Songs have a certain cadence. And the phrasing of the stanzas, or the stanza-ing of the phrases, forces you to breathe at certain times. 

Kind of like yoga with a tune.

But what surprised researchers was the heart starts to adjust to the lungs and after awhile singers in a choir started to not just synchronize their musical beat, but their heartbeats too. 

Which explains how euphoric people get at Bruce Springsteen concerts. They truly are in tune with both their minds and their hearts. Harmonizing their heartbeats. 

Everybody's got a hungry synchronized heart. 

So music can indeed calm the heart of the savage beast, even when he's on the prowl at a rock concert. But it also makes sense that it can uncalm the heart too. Some songs could actually speed up the heartbeat, driving the crowd into a violent frenzy. 

Or just a disco mania. A little Daft Punk and tachycardia. Tachycardia means fast heart beat. The tachy in tachycardia refers to fast not out of fashion. 

And disco is fashionable again, witness the success of Daft Punk. By the way, I heard they were pulled over for erratic driving after the recent Video Music Awards and had to take off their helmets and reveal their mysterious identities. 

Turns out Rob Pilatus is a cyborg. And they're actually Milli Vanilli...

One more reason I'd rather go to a Heart Concert. 

America, ya gotta love it. 

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