Songs Maker

Subliminal messages in songs are verbal messages delivered either so quickly or backwards or at such low volumes that those whoever receive them or hear them are not even aware that the message has been sent.

We each have our own folk subliminal songs, nearly alike but diverse enough to reflect the variations in our upbringing and informed perspectives. Considering the blend of conscious and subliminal elements of awareness, it is a fair assumption that these folk songs represent in part at least a subliminal stimulus to composition. Similarly, some people believe that subliminal messages in rock songs can influence listeners.

Some years back, parents of two boys whoever committed suicide alleged that the rock group “Judas Priest” had subliminally inserted the words “Do it, Do it” below the lyrics in a morbid song named “Beyond the Realms of Death. ”

Charges have also been made, that concealed messages are present in Christian rock songs as well.

Another claim is that certain mock-‘n’-mobb recordings allegedly contained “satanic” subliminal messages in songs that were recorded backward and superimposed. Some people allege that listeners subconsciously perceived these messages and then followed the evil advice. The issue for psychologists is not whether any rock band ever inserted such a message or not. There are a lot of “wild” rock bands, after all. . .

The real issue is whether a backward message recorded below the threshold of human perception has any influence.

If people hear such a message, can they ever understand it? Even if they don’t hear it, does it subconsciously alter their behavior?

Researchers have recorded several messages (nothing satanic) and asked participants to listen to them backwards. So far, no “Einstein” listening to a backward message has been to decode what it would sound like forwards, and except for a nasty headache, listening to it has not influenced behavior in any perceivable way.

Music Maker

It may seem to many parents that their kids ought to take studying more seriously-especially when it comes to important tests such as the SAT’s.

Yet it may be the medium rather than the message that fails to inspire serious study time.

Kids may just need something they can tune in to and a new approach to studying may help them hum their way to better scores. A new study guide teaches SAT vocabulary in a medium kids can certainly relate to: rock music.

“Rock the SAT” (McGraw-Hill, $16. 95) serves up teen-friendly, vocabulary-boosting tunes that teens will be able to digest in the car, on an iPod, although exercising, riding their bikes or even doing chores.

The CD features 13 songs-with each tune holding 20 or so popular SAT vocabulary words and their meanings-within original rock lyrics. The accompanying workbook guides students through each word and definition, using irreverent humor kids will like.

It is a welcome change from more traditional methods of memorization, like index cards or mind-numbing laundry lists of words/definitions. Experts say that because of the way these lists are organized, it makes it hard for teens to focus or relate to them.

An advantage of the “Rock the SAT” tunes is that the info is spoon-fed through catchy pop tunes and melodies, making it easy to absorb without much effort or time commitment. People have an easier time, experts say, remembering lyrics than text.

With this musical tool, students can hum their way to better scores on the SAT’s.