There have been a few questions on here recently about music Music tends to move me far too much---which is why I seldom listen to it, especially classical music. I have an analogy in my answer below. Does it make sense to you too?


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I can't answer your question -- though it's a fascinating analogy to draw --  but that link has some of the most extraordinary footage, and some of the most amazing information I've ever read. I'd never heard of Galloping Gertie and was unaware that a bridge had ever behaved, and finally disintegrated, in such a manner. Bad news about the dog, though.

I'm not being very original when I say that music resonates with the soul. No, I'm not going all religious on you, for I equate the "soul" with the subconscious mind. It's that elusive "self" that we have so much trouble identifying and knowing. It's just another name for our essence.

Music continues to puzzle me because one generation's music is another generation's noise; and yet some music endures -- and much of that comes from the very genre that you said impacts on you the most: Classical music.

From time to time we hear reports of shopkeepers keeping teens from loitering by playing anything from Bing Crosby to orchestral music. It usually works and the kids stay away. To some extent they may be experiencing something similar to your own reaction, and yet, about the time Gertie was galloping, Crosby was the idol of the Bobby Soxers and their ilk.

Interesting question, Tom. I'll look forward to reading the other answers.


BTW I accidentally clicked on the "Edit" button. Apologies. No edit was offered.

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Tom Jackson commented
Actually, Didge, my primary purpose was not to ask a question. I was trying to share information, but I formatted it as a question rather than an answer so more people could see it.

Your response alone is gratifying

I was originally going just to respond to Ray's comment, about my answer to one of the music questions, but I didn't have the time to write it up that day..

It was something I thought might interest a lot of people and I wanted to put it out there where it was easier to trip over.

I was showed the original video when I was getting my theoretical physics degree. I've always remembered it.

Music appreciation was one of the extra curricula classes I took in high school. (You might be slightly surprised that I never had any interest in joining the chess club---many people are shocked that I don't play.)

I found myself dropping out of the music appreciation group. I found myself constantly being jerked around in response to what I was listening to. It was becoming an unpleasant experience. And I knew instinctively it was about me, not the music.

I read a book on "sentics" about 35 years ago involving the way we individuals respond to music. Unfortunately, searches online on the topic over the years have unsuccessful in finding that book's original perspective, and I have found subsequent writings to be wanting in their understanding of the phenomenon.

Regards...Hope you are well.
Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
You certainly succeeded in doing that -- on two levels.

I'll share it with Mrs Didge when she wakes. (It's her birthday today so she's sleeping in.) And it's a very appropriate thing to show her because Gertie took her high dive the very year Mrs Didge was born. She'd have been about seven months old when the bridge morphed from Galloping Gertie into Humpty Dumpty.
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Music tends to move me far too much---which is why I seldom
listen to it, especially classical music.

But it’s not the music’s fault just like it wasn’t the fault
of the wind in the example below:

You may have seen a video of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (known
as “Gertie”---see the link) undulating until it collapsed.

-----The link was possibly causing some problems.  If you search for motherboard and tacoma narrow bridge it will be the first link at the top of the page.-----

“The bridge's downfall was her own peculiar response to the
wind, in a phenomenon known as self-excitation, aeroelastic instability, or
flutter. In other words, while Gertie was affected by vibrations caused by the
wind, those vibrations didn't reach a resonant frequency. Rather, as the wind
vibrated her deck both vertically and in a twisting motion, her own response to
that movement brought herself down.”

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