NASA has a long standing tradition to wake up astronauts with a specially selected track of music each day, usually picked by friends or family members, called “Wake Up Calls”.
Receptive agnosia is an inability to understand music. Sufferers regard music as simply “noise”, often compared to drainpipes or drills, or other invasive forms of background noise.
In 2015, 1000 musicians played ‘Learn to Fly’ by foo fighters together in the town of Cesena, Italy in an effort to get the band to come to their town and play. The band responded and came to the town to play a 27-song-set, starting off with ‘Learn to Fly’. Here’s the full video of the 1000 musicians in action.
Slaves were forbidden from owning musical instruments as they were used to communicate. Congo Square in New Orleans was the only place slaves were allowed to gather every Sunday, to trade, sing, dance and play music. This led to the birth of Jazz.
A Norwegian comedian wanted to prove that songs could become club hits without making any sense, so he collected randoms words and names in Spanish (a language he did not speak) as lyrics and added cliché saxophones and accordion mixes. The song charted across Europe, reaching #1 in some places.
When North Korea sank a South Korean Warship in 2010, South Korea responded by blasting the hit K-Pop song “Hit your heart” across the border using large military loud speakers.
Bruce Springsteen’s classic, Born to Run, almost became the official song of New Jersey until legislators listened to the lyrics and realized the song was about wanting to get out of New Jersey.
In 1979, tens of thousands of rock fans gathered at a Chicago stadium to destroy disco vinyls. That day became known as “the day disco died”.