The Truth Behind 4 Musical Myths


Move aside, “Golden Oldies.” A study has recently found that the old songs might not be the best, and it has a lot of people thinking about what else might be more platitude and less permanent.

Four musical myths are about to be crushed!

The Cover Up: The original version of a song is not better than the covers.

According to more than one study, people prefer the version of a song they heard first, not necessarily the original.


A few studies have shown that people like stimuli to which they are first exposed!

The Brown & Down: There is no ‘brown note’.

The brown note—that subsonic frequency that supposedly causes your body to react in such a way that turns your pants from off-white to—ahem—a nutty brown—is apparently a myth, at least according to MythBusters.

Brown Note

Don’t be disheartened if you’re a musician who really wanted to achieve this feat and have the whole audience fragrant in no time: there are a host of other ways to elicit such a reaction… probably.

Dumb-Down: Listening to Mozart will not make you— or your kids—smarter.

That guy though, Mr. Mozart, he needs a round of applause and Nobel Prize lowered into this resting place. He’s potentially the greatest PR Strategist that ever lived.


It would’ve been good: you sneak off ten minutes before your Quantum Physics exam, which you were accidentally put you on the list for, instead of the list for the Fundamentals of Bananas test paper, bang on some Mozart and then come out and offer to mark the papers, too. Alas, no, that’s not the way of it; however, it does offer sensory stimulation which can aid you when you need to make a good excuse to get out of that test exam.

That Copy Is Not Right: mailing your content to yourself is NOT copyrighting it.

Just as mailing love letters to yourself does not make you in a long distance relationship, mailing your original work to yourself does not make it copywrighted. The “poor man’s copyright” would be great. All you’d need was a stamp and to know your own address, but the issue is this: it doesn’t work.

The guys over at the federal copyright office put it like this: “The practice of sending a copy of your own work to yourself is sometimes called a ‘poor man’s copyright.’ There is no provision in the copyright law regarding any such type of protection, and it is not a substitute for registration.”


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Maxie Reynolds is a pilot, writer and one-man dog walker.

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