Music is full of incredible history and culture. Unless you have musical anhedonia (a neurological condition causing the brain to dislike music), you probably love putting on your headphones or blasting your car speakers with your favorite jam as much as the next person. The music we know and love is a common part of all of our lives… but there are some things that most of us don’t know about music. I’ve put together what I think is a pretty fascinating list of crazy musical facts. Don’t be trebled if you don’t know these – many are quite unusual. Enjoy!
- None of the Beatles could read music. Neither could Jimi Hendrix.
- Your heartbeat changes and mimics the music you listen to.
- Flowers grow faster when music is played around them.
- Elvis Presley didn’t write any of his songs.
- The world’s most expensive instrument, the Stradivarius violin, sold in 2011 for 15.9 million US dollars.
- Songs that gets stuck in your head are called earworms.
- The rapper NoClue is world’s fastest rapper with 723 syllables in 51.27 seconds. That’s 14.1 syllables per second.
- Eminem wrote and recorded “The Real Slim Shady” just 3 hours before his album was due.
- The piano Freddy Mercury plays in “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the same piano Paul McCartney plays in “Hey Jude”.
- Only 1 in 10000 people have “perfect pitch”, the ability to tell a perfect note without hearing a reference note.
- The line “Do you know where you are – you’re in the jungle baby!” was originally yelled at Axl Rose by a homeless man in New York.
- The word “music” comes from Muses (goddesses of art) in Greek Mythology.
- The Ukulele (“jumping flea” in Hawaiian) was created by the Portuguese and given it’ name by the Hawaiian when they saw the “jumping flea” movement of the fingers needed to play the instrument.
- Mozart sold more CDs in 2016 than Beyoncé did.
- The piano is only a few decades older than the USA.
- The band Led Zeppelin got their name from a musician who told them their band would go down like a “led balloon”.
- Jingle bells was originally written for Thanksgiving, not Christmas.
It’s pretty cool to learn about the lesser known facts of musical icons, in all different genres. It’s one of the things I love about music – there’s always something new or interesting. Happy Holidays from SSS!