Claim: Global warming will affect your taste in music

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

beatles-sunh/t DailyCaller – British researchers have claimed that global warming strongly influences our taste in music.

According to FirstPost;

Fancy listening to the Beatles’ ‘Here Comes The Sun’ when you are grinding out yet another long, sweaty heatwave? “These assumptions we have about certain weather being good and certain weather being bad, like sun being good — that might change,” researcher Karen Aplin of the University of Oxford said at a European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna.

Aplin and five other scientists combed through databases of more than 15,000 pop songs, finding statistical backing for the assumption that our moods are strongly swayed by the weather. These emotions, in turn, are expressed in the music artists compose and what the public likes to hear.

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I guess its not difficult to find a better proxy than tree rings.

My question, if we apply this principle to films as well as songs, what can we infer from recent films which express fear of ice and snow, like The Day after Tomorrow, or even the children’s film Frozen? Might scientists in the future, consider popular culture to be a better proxy for global temperature, than massively “adjusted” and probably defective official temperature records?

113 thoughts on “Claim: Global warming will affect your taste in music

  1. Good day sunshine,
    Good day sunshine,
    Good day sunshine.
    I need to laugh, and when the sun is out
    I’ve got something I can laugh about,
    I feel good, in a special way.
    I’m in love and it’s a sunny day.

    • Hey, hey, hey, snowflake
      My pretty little snowflake
      Ooh, ooh, the change in the weather
      Has made it better for me
      Hey, hey, hey, snowflake
      My pretty little snowflake
      You’ve got me warm as a fire
      With the burning desire for you

      Read more: Jim Reeves – Snowflake Lyrics | MetroLyrics

      • You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
        You make me happy when skies are grey
        You never know, dear, how much I love you
        Please don’t take my sunshine away

  2. Sychonicity? I just left this comment on FB around 40 minutes ago…”Goldminor Sanchez Funny you should mention “Here comes the Sun”. That is a great song. When I got married in the early 1970s, my wife insisted that this should be played as we walked out of the ceremony. Strangely, it seems that I have now become the herald for here comes the Sun in regards to the changes that are now occurring in our solar system. It is almost as if it was a premonition on her part. I have found what I believe is a link between the Sun and the oceans which is the main cause/driver of what causes warm and cold trends on our planet. I have linked the combination of the two to changes in ENSO, which is the Pacific Ocean phase switch between El Nino and La Nina. Over the course of the last 14 months, I have successfully forecast the movement from peak to valley on the main graph that describes the changes, known as the Multivariate ENSO Index MEI. This may turn out to be nothing more than a lucky guess. It will take a bit more time to see if I can continue making successful connections. So far though my method still has legs.The next several months are important in this regard. As it stands now though, I am the only person to have ever done this. Hence, “Here comes the Sun”…”.

  3. So let’s all listen to The Clash:
    The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in
    Engines stop running, the wheat is growing thin
    A nuclear error, but I have no fear
    ‘Cause London is drowning, and I live by the river

  4. Three little birds by Bob Marley. Play that at the next ipcc meeting. Too much rage against the machine for those guys.

  5. Hmm, if we go back to an earlier era, they seem to have gotten it right:

    The buzzard took the monkey for a ride in the air
    The monkey thought that everything was on the square
    The buzzard tried to throw the monkey off his back
    The monkey grabbed his neck and said “now listen, jack”
    “straighten up and fly right”
    “straighten up and fly right”
    “straighten up and fly right”
    “cool down, papa, don’t you blow your top.”
    “ain’t no use in jivin’ ”
    “what’s the use in dabbin’ ”
    “straighten up and fly right”
    “cool down, papa, don’t you blow your top.”
    The buzzard told the monkey “you’re chokin’ me”
    “release your hold and I’ll set you free”
    The monkey looked the buzzard right dead in the eye and said
    “your story’s fetchin’ but it sounds like a lie”
    “straighten up and fly right
    Straighten up and do right
    Straighten up and fly right
    Cool down, papa, don’t you blow your top.”

    Songwriters: Mills, Irving / Cole, Nat King
    Straighten Up And Fly Right lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
    People dressed better back then too.

    • Nat King Cole gets my vote. People did dress better! You know what? Way back then grammar schools were teaching the we were emerging from an ice age and that great cold winters with lots of ice were not all that distant in the past. Great droughts and Buffalo from horizon to horizon were still living memories. Many kids had grandparents and great grandparents who witnessed them. The greater San Jose area in California was rural mostly planted in fruit before the resources used by IBM and Standford University spilled out to become “the silicon valley” in support of NASA and the Defense Department contracts. The “bay area” became the brains and Los Angeles the brawn of the cold war and space race.
      The resulting explosion in technology and innovation has made it possible for humanity to live not so precariously as we have had to in the past. So let’s remember how far we’ve come so fast and get that congressional buzzard to straighten up and fly right!

    • “Oh those hazy, lazy, crazy days of Summer
      Don’t you wish that Summer was always here?”

  6. What a bunch of freaking idiots! I’m sure that was taxpayer funded “research ” as well. This kind of thing is why Climate Science is the plaid suit white shoes and belt of science. Maybe even a hair piece as well.

    • “American Pie” is probably a real favorite among alarmists. It seems to fit their mood:
      So bye, bye, Miss American Pie
      Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
      And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey ‘n rye
      Singin’ this’ll be the day that I die
      This’ll be the day that I die

      • “So bye, bye, cause the temps gunna rise
        Drove Chevy to the levee but the batt’ry caught fire
        Them turbine things are swattin’ birds from the sky
        Cause tomorrow’ll be the day that we die!
        Tomorrow’ll be the day that we die!”

  7. Perhaps psychedelic rock band Cold Sun might do a comeback tour. They disappeared virtually without trace after releasing Dark Shadows back in 1970.
    In the meantime we can still look back fondly at the Quo’s ‘Ice in the Sun’ and wonder to ourselves, well, did they get it right after all?

  8. Oh boy, maybe if it warms another whole 0.1 degrees on average then I can listen to the music that I only like in the summer during the winter. It will be summer music all year long and kids won’t know what jingle bells is.

  9. I still think “instant warmin” every time I hear “Instant Karma”. The song’s more up to date that way.

  10. The weather has had a effect on art through out the years. At times during the little ice age paintings of winter scenes became common.

  11. Pop music is certainly as evanescent as the weather. Whenever I feel the need to reassure my faith in the reliability of climate, I always turn to Vivaldi’s Quattro Staggione and Haydn’s Jahreszeiten.

  12. Apply for a grant to study something that can’t be (dis)proven, and spend the money on women and booze.

  13. Disney’s Frozen is now a sign of Climate Change?
    Not everything is about science or politics.
    Let it go.

  14. Oh Dear, they found statistical backing for an assumption. I’ll bet they also came up with a bunch of “wee p values” that Mat Briggs likes so much.
    With rock-solid proof like this, it must be added to the Warmlist!
    My entry: from 1967, Windy by The Association.

    • Hehe, I tried to post a version of this earlier.
      Half those kids are now at NOAA, NASA, CRU, etc.
      This was a pre-faked Moon landing, mind control experiment.

  15. According to some of my friends, my taste in music could use some “adjustment”. (Homogenization?)

      • Tom Trevor

        I just hate all music.

        Imagine poor ole me.
        I hear it, and I analyze it as a bunch of squeaks, blats, bloots, blares, straangs, strums, strongs, schreaches and screams, blits, blats (and more strums) blares and other strange individual noises all coming out at the same time like a pile of dumped frequencies and resonances of louder and not-so-loud simultaneous noises.
        Seems like they could save time and energy by just transmitting the entire concert in 10 seconds at the same time if everybody played everything as loud as they could at the start. Then they could stop, pack up the instruments, and go home.
        I assume other people hear “music” somehow.

  16. “….researcher Karen Aplin of the University of Oxford said at a European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna.”
    Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your mouth,
    Blowing down the back roads headin’ south.
    Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your teeth,
    You’re an idiot, babe.
    It’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe.

    ~ Bob Dylan – Idiot Wind Lyrics – ‘Bolld On The Tracks’ album

  17. “scientists combed through databases of more than 15,000 pop songs . . .”
    SELECT ALL FROM “PopSongs” and “SPM”
    WHERE CO2 > 180 and
    WHERE weather => “extreme_scary” or
    WHERE pH > “freightening” or
    WHERE sea_level_rise > 0.0001mm
    ORDER BY “catastrophic_adjusted_temp”

  18. I can probably save someone some money here …
    This British Researcher thinks that Climate Change is affecting the quality of science papers – and not in a good way.

  19. Our civilization is regressing. Accordingly, our ancestors would have easily solved this warming problem by sacrificing a virgin. The odds of success are questionable, but in today’s society could we even get started.

  20. .. finding statistical backing for the assumption that our moods are strongly swayed by the weather.

    These guys really may be on to something here: No doubt, most of us prefer sunny days to cloudy ones, but no harm in spending a little (read: lots) of our cash to prove an obvious point, or is it a startling breakthrough?
    Also noteworthy: Our moods are strongly swayed by music. Breathtaking stuff here, and the CAGW bandwagon rolls on, its crepe paper constantly changing colors to reflect the changing goalposts, and hey! That ain’t crepe paper, it’s our money.

    Here comes the sun king
    Here comes the sun king
    Everybody’s laughing
    Everybody’s happy
    Here comes the sun king
    Quando paramucho mi amore de felice carazón
    Mundo paparazzi mi amore chica ferdi para sol
    Questo obrigado tanto mucho que canite carousel

    Track 11 on Abbey Road, John Lennon & Paul McCartney.
    (2nd verse, much worse than the first…gibberish, in fact)

    Bottom line question: does our taste in music, or lack thereof, affect our belief, or skepticism, about CAGW?
    Inquiring minds would like to know what affect Rap, Hip Hop, and other such noise parading as music has on young, impressionable minds.

      • Yes, and to pursue a perhaps trivial point, you may have noted that I used the word affect as both verb and noun in my comment.
        While it is true that the general rule is to use effect as a noun, and affect as a verb, the latter also has good standing as a noun, whereas effects are objective, while affects are subjective:

        ¹af.fect n [ME, fr. L affectus, fr. afficere] hi(14c) 1 obs: feeling, affection 2: the conscious subjective aspect of an emotion considered apart from bodily changes usage see effect
        The noun affect is sometimes mistakenly used for effect. Except when your topic is psychology, you will seldom need the noun affect.
        Copyright © 1994 Merriam-Webster, Inc.

        (my bold)
        I take this to mean that effects are measurable, where affects, being subjective, are not. This is the same divide that separates science from psychology.
        My interest is a possible link between heavy, bass-laden music and aggressive or violent behavior, hence the psychological slant and the use of the noun affect, but perhaps one or more of the erudite wordsmiths who haunt this hallowed blog will weigh in on the matter.

      • “And the banker never wears a mac.
        In the pouring rain.
        very strange.
        Meanwhile back in Penny Lane…..”
        So the Beatles were secretly warning us about climate change even in even songs about roads.
        In fact why should we all live in a Yellow Submarine? Well, quite clearly because the sea level has risen so much there is no dry land to live on. Their album covers make it clear that Paul is dead. He died of climate change, Help! I need someone not just anyone, Help me if can . Only someone like Michael Mann would understand.

      • It is worse than I thought even “let it be” is about climate change.
        ” And when the night is cloudy
        There is still a light that shines on me
        Shine on until tomorrow, let it be”

    • Baba O’riley (aka Teenage Wasteland) is about a couple leaving the city for the country, I guess they have to leave because of climate change.

  21. The premise that weather affects our moods and possibly our taste in music has a ring of truth to it. For instance, while I was shovelling the snow off my driveway, every other day, all winter long, I kept humming, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”; long after Christmas came and went.

  22. Probably true but in reverse.
    There’s nothing on the planet happier than miserable english people ……because they know that’s the proper condition of humanity_ ______cold, fog-bound and suffering from flu.
    If they are enjoying themselves they are unhappy because they know it won’t last.
    I suspect plenty of Californians, Floridians and certainly Australians enjoy… “Here Comes the Sun”.
    The first indication that winter is ending in Australia is hearing “Good Vibrations” on the radio.
    Could the Beach Boys have been English? Hardly !
    Karen Aplin needs to get out more and enjoy what little summer is available in Oxford

  23. Boiling heat, summer stench
    ‘Neath the black the sky looks dead
    Call my name through the cream
    And I’ll hear you scream again
    Black hole sun
    Won’t you come
    And wash away the rain
    Black hole sun
    Won’t you come
    Won’t you come (Won’t you come)

  24. Obviously coolth is good. Bring back Beethoven, Bach, Telemann, Haydn, Rameau, Purcell and Tallis. The question is: is good music the result of cool times or are cool times the result of good music? Perhaps heading for another ice age may be A GOOD THING!
    Lovely to see the highly esteemed Mr J. Benny again, but I never saw “The Twilight Zone”. What was a shock was seeing the cigarette ad at the end! Horror!!!!!

  25. Obviously. With my fully coupled anthropogenic music model I calculate that by 2100, Chris Rea’s “On The Beach” will be played by 12 trillion people a day.

  26. What amuses me most about “research” like this is that the more they do this shtick to scare us into their way of thinking, the more the average person comes around to questioning their position. This constant bombardment of obviously stupid attempts, even to the lightly educated, to link everything to global warming has actually hurt their credibility so much that they are starting to look like caricatures instead of scientists. Not even good anime caricatures. The fact that they don’t seem to realize it only adds to their diminishing credibility.

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