Sam’s Leavin’ Town

Thursday, September 29, 2011

As promised, it is now time to chronicle my successful introduction to Dutch Television.

One of the conveners of our program asked us to participate in a demonstration for Dutch television, but he couldn’t tell us much about it and said everything would be revealed when the demonstration was over. About ten of us from the Music, Mind & Brain (henceforth referred to as “MMB”) showed up to see what this was all about. We went into a lecture room and were told that we were going to be rating six melodies based on creativity, whether or not we liked it, if it could be a hit song, and if it could have been written by a professional songwriter. All of these melodies were played over the same backing track and were sung by the same male voice.

After rating them, Daniel (the co-convener of the program) asked us which song was most likely written by a professional. This was the big reveal: the famous Dutch singer/songwriter, Tim Knol, was waiting outside! Being from the United States, I unfortunately didn’t know him, but after talking with him for a few minutes it was apparent to all of us why he was so successful.

The most incredible thing about the experiment was that we blindly rated his melody highest in all four categories. Isn’t music cognition cool?

We then got an impromptu performance (here’s a link to one of them: Tim Knol-Sam), and I was really very moved by Tim as a singer. So, all my friends from the States, check him out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Also, just let me know if you’d like a signed headshot or to book an appearance. Of me, that is. My newfound [Dutch] stardom and all.

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