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September 2, 2014
We've all heard laughing is very healthy and whatnot. I would like to learn about the concept a little more deeply, can anybody share any of your own insights you have made regarding it? I'll share one thing I've noticed about it as related to music.
I've noticed a trend that when I have people in my studio - if you crack jokes, be silly, etc. right before a take, the take that follows tends to be a pretty good one, often the one you keep. There's even evidence of this effect with, I think it was a Miles Davis session? (seriously - I read an article on the internet about it sometime ago)
Not that it's a magic bullet that will work every time, it just helps. To me the sensation is that once you're all done laughing most people enter a more meditated focused serious state as a result of contrast.
This is in comparison to when musicians stay really focused on something trivial like avoiding a mistake or whatever and then they just keep screwing up more and more things - the whole so called "red light syndrome" (I hate that term!) I think taking a break to have a laugh is one of the easiest ways to reset mentally. And now I wonder if this effect could be used to help us prepare for performances too, or any other aspects of life.
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