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January 23, 2008


Mary Ellen Whitaker of voiceofclarity.com

As a singer, I've studied both western and classical Indian music, and it's interesting to note that Indian music is a purely oral tradition. Songs are taught from master to student. The student's primary learning tool is "listening", not reading music. I think the best musicians in the west are also those who "get" music on a more intuitive level, through truly listening, rather than those who are techinically astute but less intuitive. However, a purely "emotional" musician is also missing the boat. Technique is very important! I believe that those who can use BOTH sides of the brain will rule the future. Being intuitive without being practical is incomplete, and vice versa. Music is a perfect example of this.

Susan Olson

My experience as a psychologist and a lover of music is that the left and right brain combination is about 'as good as it gets.'

I don't know what will 'rule the future,' however, for what I see as a wonderful example, Bill Harris, a participant in the "Masters of the Secret" DVD, is an extremely successful businessman, and his most noted creation is "Holosync", a state of the art CD program balancing left and right brain function using sound technology, created for anyone wanting to live fully with joy, peace, spirituality, success and productivity.

frank belcastro

Right-brainers won't rule the future--they won't have a secure future unless they have some left-brain skills. As the others have observed, you need both--but not just one--to be successful in getting along with others both in your public and private life.

I still remember watching the students during lunch time from my teacher's seat in the lunch room. I saw Janet Buzzinotti take her tray to the disposal area and though she looked the same as always I knew something was wrong. I went up to ask her and she burst into tears. Her brother had run away from home.

To be sensitive to the needs of others, teachers (and this applies to any work relationships) need to know how each student walks, their normal complexions and expressions and tone of voice and the other characteristics that make the person. Only then can you be sensitive to deviations from the norm in order to help. Some deviations are visual and auditory but others, like Janet, are intuitive (vibrations for the psychics--your inner Samurai for others).

Muzetta Swann

I believe our society is headed for whole-brain thinking. We each need the imagination, creativity of right-brain thinking in which we get an overall view of a vision or project. It takes the left side to create a logical step-by-step plan to make it happen based on details. As the plan evolves, the person uses both sides seemingly simultaneously as the creativity and details converge. Also, it seems that so many people are leaving traditional jobs that require skills that are one-side dominant. Many people are going into business on their own which requires whole-brain thinking.

Stamford Talk

Does it mean I'm a right-brain thinker if I had to check the post to figure out which side of the brain was the creative one?
I think a lot of us agree that both right and left are important.

As far as music, I think the ability to appreciate it, and share that appreciation, is a way to connect to people, and that helps any situation. Like the person who write the article said, "...success belongs to those with a skill set that also includes imagination, a sense of humor, intuition and understanding the needs of others."

Whether it's connecting to my Dad through his old 45's, or liking the same music as my 6th grade students, or referring to music in business activities, recognizing the importance of music means recognizing that small pleasures like music really matter to people and make our lives fun. Even in work, we want fun.

The original Accidental Pren-her

You make an interesting point, Muzetta, that more people are leaving traditional jobs that are primarily one side dominate in favor of starting up their own business, that is more whole brain oriented. Thanks for adding this thought to our conversation!

The original Accidental Pren-her

Mary Ellen, your comment about balance in music prompts further exploration.

Music from the Baroque period (1600-1750) is a fabulous example of left-brain oriented music. Where as music from the Romantic period (1820-1900) is much more right-brain oriented. The Classical period, in between the Baroque and Romantic periods does a beautiful job of marrying the two.

Seems like we've been exploring that balance in music for centuries!

The original Accidental Pren-her

Ah yes, Holosync. Thanks for bringing this amazing to experience CD into our discussion, Susan.

Has anyone else listened to Holosync? It's really delicious to experience, though not while you're driving!

Thanks for stopping by.

The original Accidental Pren-her

Frank, you're right. Right-brainers will never rule the future. Nor will they ever rule the business world. Those who develop whole-brain thinking, as in the example you gave, are those best situated to take in the whole of what's happening and take action accordingly. This is the powerful place of Inner Samurai inspired action.

The original Accidental Pren-her

Stamford, if you had to check the post to see which side of the brain was the creative mind . . . means that your left-brain is alive and doing well! Congrads!

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