Je Cherche

by | Sep 10, 2009 | Archives, SPSP

Je Cherche Je Trouve…  I look and I find.

This phrase tops a site I’ll mention in a moment. Then I’ll show how to improve on this phrase with “What we see, we can see better!” Then we’ll see how we can all benefit from this fact.

First, let me share a gripe and a phenomenal benefit we have gained and can use  in this new season.

That gripe is with the Western daily press. They spend so much time with bad news that has nothing to do with our real lives.   The masses are entertained with negativity that is meaningless and useless… just dead weight to be carrying around in our head.

Then when some really important news comes along… that should be a headline, the best we can hope for is a middle of the paper article in the Sunday edition.

Or perhaps the gripe should be with us the readers who buy and get caught up in all this bad news.

Those were my thoughts when Merri gave me the article “For Vivaldi, Many More Seasons” in the arts section of the Sunday New York Times by Matthew Gurewitsch. She is passionate about Baroque Music and her favorite is Vivaldi…plus this is the basis of the Quantum Learning/Super Learning techniques in which she was trained.   So you can imagine just how excited she was to show me this “I look and I find!”

Here is an excerpt from that article that shows how we can all gain an asset that can dramatically improve our lives in many ways: Antonio Vivaldi’s compositions were largely unpublished during his lifetime, except for some instrumental works like “The Four Seasons.”  ALTHOUGH Antonio Vivaldi’s name is synonymous with seaswept Venice, an accident of history has deposited the greatest collection of his music here, by the foothills of the Alps. On an upper floor of the Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria di Torino, in metal cabinets behind a fireproof door, is Vivaldi’s personal archive of clean autographed copies of music never published in his lifetime: some 450 works, including 110 violin concertos, 39 oboe concertos, more than a dozen operas and a raft of sacred music.

Between his death in 1741 and the 1930s, posterity knew little more of Vivaldi than the instrumental works published during his lifetime in collections given opus numbers 1 through 12, including “The Four Seasons” (Op. 8, Nos. 1-4). As for the rest, he once told an English traveler that he made better money by selling copies directly than by working through publishers.

Shortly after Vivaldi’s death a close relation sold the archive to the Venetian aristocrat Jacopo Soranzo, from whom it passed to Giacomo Durazzo, a nobleman of Genoa and a patron of Gluck. While still in the possession of the Durazzo family, the collection was carelessly split in two, and early in the 20th century one half was donated to a monastery outside Turin.

Alberto Gentili, the expert called in for an evaluation, quickly deduced that the cache, though a treasure, was incomplete. (For one thing, whole acts of operas were missing.) Roberto Foà, a banker, bought the available material for the Turin Library in memory of a son who had died in infancy. Eventually Gentili tracked down the remainder and persuaded the owner to sell. This time it was Filippo Giordano, a wool merchant, who put up the money. The acquisitions were announced in 1930.

“It was front-page news all over the world,” said Susan Orlando, director of the Vivaldi Edition of the Naïve record label. “And then, nothing.”

What good are scores locked in a vault? In the late 1990s the musicologist Alberto Basso, who had cataloged the Vivaldi holdings, sold the French label Opus 111 on the utopian proposition of recording the entire collection on some 100 CDs. (The complete works of Beethoven on Deutsche Grammophon run to 87.)

Before the Vivaldi Edition took off, Opus 111 sold to Naïve, another boutique label, and there it has flourished. Among the three dozen remarkable volumes already on the market are a collection of string concertos with Rinaldo Alessandrini and Concerto Italiano (“Concerti per Archi”), sacred music with the soprano Sandrine Piau and the Accademia Bizantina conducted by Ottavio Dantone (“In Furore”) and a door-stopping set containing nine full-length operas (three CDs each, each opera also available individually). To be released this week are settings of the Gloria and oboe concertos from Alfredo Bernardini and his ensemble, Zefiro.

Just past the halfway mark, the Vivaldi Edition is tentatively scheduled for completion in 2015.

This is really important news because one way to turn on our super thinking ability is by listening to certain types of Baroque music and   Vivaldi was one of the leaders in this genre.


We often have local music performed at Meson de las flores.

Music can be a Super Thinking tool that integrates brain hemispheres and improves the way the left brain, the body and the right brain working together. In short this music reduces stress and enhances intelligence at least… maybe even wisdom.

This is a proven fact. Take for example the recent article in Science Daily  “Baroque Classical Music In The Reading Room May Improve Mood And Productivity” which says:  Baroque classical music in the reading room can help improve radiologists work lives, potentially improving diagnostic efficiency and accuracy, according to a study performed by researchers at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD, Harbor Hospital in Baltimore, MD, and the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia, PA.

Eight radiologists participated in the study and rated their mood, concentration, perceived diagnostic accuracy, productivity and work satisfaction on a seven point scale. “The greatest positive effects were noted with regard to mood and work satisfaction, with 63% and 50% of respondents reporting a positive impact,” said Sohaib Mohiuddin, MD, and Paras Lakhani, MD, lead authors of the study.
“Other studies have correlated baroque classical music with improved spatial reasoning, attentiveness and concentration and personally, I have found that listening to music aids my concentration and interpretative abilities,” said Dr. Lakhani. “We are currently performing a larger study with more subjects to validate these results,” they said.


Music is everywhere in Ecuador. This marching band is heading to a local soccer game.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Music has been shown to lead to super thinking levels of intuition also. Another Science Daily article entitled “Listening To Music Can Change The Way You Judge Facial Emotions” gives us a clue on how this works.

Here is an excerpt: It is often said that music is the language of emotions. Simply, we are moved by music. But can these musically induced emotions arising through the auditory sense influence our interpretation of emotions arising through other senses (eg visual)?

A recent research project led by Dr Joydeep Bhattacharya at Goldsmiths, University of London showed that it is indeed possible to influence emotional evaluation of visual stimuli by listening to musical excerpts before the evaluation. Volunteers listened to a short musical excerpt (15 seconds) and then judged the emotional content of a face.

The research found that the prior listening to happy music significantly enhanced the perceived happiness of a face and likewise listening to sad music significantly enhanced the perceived sadness of a face, and this music-induced effect was maximal when the face was emotionally neutral. Further, by recording brain waves, the study showed that prior listening to music could induce changes in the brain activation patterns which are usually not directly under our conscious control.

“What surprises us,” Bhattacharya said, “is that even as short as 15 sec of music can cause this effect. However more research is needed to find how long the effect lasts or if, and how, other factors such as musical preference, personality, control this effect.”


Ecuadorians enjoy all types of music.  There are numerous guitar makers in and around Cotacachi.

Not done yet!  Music can help us live longer also. This Daily Science article “Music Reduces Stress In Heart Disease Patients” explains:  Listening to music may benefit patients who suffer severe stress and anxiety associated with having and undergoing treatment for coronary heart disease. A Cochrane Systematic Review found that listening to music could decrease blood pressure, heart rate, and levels of anxiety in heart patients.

Living with heart disease is extremely stressful. The uncertainties and anxieties surrounding diagnosis and the various medical procedures involved in treatment can significantly worsen the condition. For example, stress can increase blood pressure, leading to increased risk of complications. Music listening may help to alleviate stress and therefore reduce this risk.

“Our findings suggest music listening may be beneficial for heart disease patients,” says Joke Bradt, who works at the Arts and Quality of Life Research Center at Temple University in Philadelphia. “But the trials we looked at were generally small and varied in terms of styles of music used and length of music sessions. More research on the specifics of music listening is certainly warranted.”


Music is not reserved for the young or rich in Ecuador. Everyone joins in at this parade.

ecuador-music Big and small.

There is more. Music can make us stronger! Read this excerpt from Science Daily entitled: “Jog To The Beat: Music Increases Exercise Endurance By 15%:”  Brunel University’s School of Sport and Education has revealed that, according to Dr Costas Karageorghis’s latest research, carefully selected music can significantly increase a person’s physical endurance and make the experience of cardiovascular exercise far more positive.

The study, due to be published in the U.S. periodical Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, is the latest from a 20-year programme of work into the motivational qualities of music in sport and exercise. The findings illustrate the considerable benefits associated with exercising in time to music: something that some elite athletes, such as marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie, have been doing for years..

Dr Karageorghis’s latest research findings are particularly noteworthy for public health practitioners, given that treadmill-based exercise such as walking and running is often incorporated into the rehabilitation programmes of those in a primary care settings (e.g. cardiac patients and those suffering from obesity). Music has the power to make a considerable impact in the fight against public inactivity. Moreover, the effects of music on mood and emotions open up the possibility that it can be used to improve compliance to exercise and therefore help people achieve their long-term health and fitness goals.


Marching, dancing and music… good for the body and soul!

Music can even help us raise our children and grandkids better. This Science Daily excerpt from the article “Adolescents Involved With Music Do Better In School” shows why:   A new study in the journal Social Science Quarterly reveals that music participation, defined as music lessons taken in or out of school and parents attending concerts with their children, has a positive effect on reading and mathematic achievement in early childhood and adolescence. Additionally, socioeconomic status and ethnicity affect music participation.

Darby E. Southgate, MA, and Vincent Roscigno, Ph.D., of The Ohio State University reviewed two nationally representative data sources to analyze patterns of music involvement and possible effects on math and reading performance for both elementary and high school students.

Music is positively associated with academic achievement, especially during the high school years.


Children in Ecuador start music early. Here are youth groups forming up for a Cotacachi parade.

Shamans in Ecuador begin ceremonies with the blowing of the conch because they know that the conch represents the Golden Mean, 1 to 1.6. the expression of nature… the rate at which nature expands.   Hearing this frequency helps integrate the brain, body mind and soul.


Wise people from around the world blow the conch at ceremonies. Here is a picture of a Fijian from Vanuati pictures.

There is plenty of evidence that certain music can improve our health and intelligence and improve our lives in many ways. Isn’t this more important than knowing if there was voter fraud in Afghanistan… if there is fraud in the car clunker deal… or other news that is irrelevant to our daily lives?

Why isn’t the release of this important music in the headlines… with explanations of the benefits?

Je Cherche Je Trouve…  I look for and I find is at the top of Naïve’s website. What I should say is I look and I see better when listening to Vivaldi.


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Our Super Thinking + Spanish courses teaches how to use Vivaldi and other music to accelerate your potential as it also teaches Spanish in less than a week.

Read the entire articles: For Vivaldi, Many More Seasons

Baroque Classical Music In The Reading Room May Improve Mood And Productivity

Listening To Music Can Change The Way You Judge Facial Emotions

Music Reduces Stress In Heart Disease Patients

Jog To The Beat: Music Increases Exercise Endurance By 15%

Adolescents Involved With Music Do Better In School