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The Lone Tree

The Lone Tree

 Click for the music.

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Do you think people who love heavy metal are mean and filled with conflict, or that those who listen to pop are nothing more than infantile pedestrians?   According to Professor Adrian North of Scotland’s Heriot-Watt University, who has been studying the links between people’s personalities and their choice of music, this may not be the case.

Does music define our personality or vice versa?

Does music define our personality or vice versa?

People often define their sense of identity through their musical taste, clothing, and slang.  Therefore, there is a close tie between personality and musical taste.

He performed the largest study ever conducted into individuals’ musical preference and character, where researchers asked 36,518 people from around the world to rate how much they liked 104 different musical styles before taking a personality test.

Here are some of their findings.

Jazz and classical music listeners are creative with good self-esteem, although the former are outgoing whereas the latter are introverted.

Country and western fans were found to be hardworking and shy.

Rap fans are extroverted and rebellious

Those who love listening to indie lack self-esteem and are not very gentle.

Meanwhile, heavy metal listeners are gentle and are at ease with themselves.

Those who like soul music are generally creative, outgoing, gentle, at ease with themselves and have a high self-esteem.

So perhaps we can all learn a little about ourselves from our music preferences.  I on the other hand, am a musical mutt and listen to just about anything.  Perhaps some more research is needed.

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As promised, phots from the tree climbing expedition.  These are all taken from the same 100 ft oak tree.  We only climbed to about 75 feet.

View from about half-way up.

View from about half-way up.

Thank God for fixed lines.

Thank God for fixed lines.

Almost there!

Almost there!

Resting on a branch.

Resting on a branch.

My fingers got caught in the ascender and got ripped up a bit.

My fingers got caught in the ascender and got ripped up a bit.

Resting at the "Summit"

 

Look at the cute little guy we spotted in the leaves.

Look at the cute little guy we spotted in the leaves.

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Note:  Dweezil Zappa is a musician; not a strange insect.  This is not a Wildlife Wednesday post.

It was a dark and stormy night when …  Dweezil Zappa led a his ensemble through a program of, his late father, Frank Zappa’s music.  Zappa plays Zappa was the show of the summer in the Buffalo region, and the audience remembered that through the downpours and lightning flashes.   

Loyal Zappa fans filled most of the area in front of the stage throughout the show.  Folks who weren’t even teenagers when Frank Zappa died were in attendance as well, showing that Zappa’s music has become timeless.

It’s clear the younger Zappa has studied this music fiercely, and he’s assembled around him a troop of musicians eminently capable of playing the heck out of it, while being no slouch himself.

Dweezil led the band — keyboardist/vocalist/ saxophonist Schiela Gonzales, drummer Joe Travers, percussionist Billy Hulting, keyboardist/ trumpeter Aaron Arntz, bassist Pete Griffin, vocalist Ray White, and co-guitarist Jamie Kime — through a set of songs from a broad cross-section of his old man’s work.  Naturally, Dweezil took most of the ripping guitar solos, and he shredded them.  He was phenomenal. 

The highlight of the show was a three-headed monster Dweezil introduced as “The Trifecta.”  The piece was basically a Frankenstein monster fusing three of Frank’s intricate instrumentals: “Peaches En Regalia.”

It was incredible, and the crowd went absolutely nuts for it.

Then the rain began to pour and lighting began to strike and the band decided that playing on a metal band stand in a storm is not the best of ideas.  As Dweezil put it, “Getting hit by lighting will ruin anybody’s day.”  A great show only diminished by two things: the weather and the drunks.  This being a free concert, all the drunks and drug addicts used this as a reason to get drunk and high.  I broke the world record by getting lung cancer in 2 hours (why don’t these people understand that smoking is killing them?)  Anyway, Dweezil and Co. put on a concert that did his dad proud.

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