♫ Martin’s Music♫

Martin

There is a well-known study of the effects of music on plants, conducted by Dorothy Retallack at the Colorado Woman’s College in Denver. She tried acid rock music by Led Zeppelin, Vanilla Fudge, and Hendrix. It was played to one group of plants and semi-pop music (of the 1970’s) to another. The “acid rock music” plants were sickly and small compared to the control group of “semi popular” music (now termed soft rock). She experimented with classical music (Debussy), jazz (she use Louis Armstrong among others), and Indian (Ravi Shankar). The plants grew large and healthy, actually growing towards the radio for each of these three forms of music, just as they bend towards sunlight. Dorothy also experimented with country music (such as Jonny Cash) and found they neither grew toward or away from the speakers and seemed neutral. It seems the plants like all types of music, except hard, pounding rhythms, but prefer stringed instruments the most. With this effect in mind, Martin Kimbell brought his violin to the community garden today; he played “The Flower Song”, a waltz, and other pieces. I am guessing gardeners will notice the salubrious effect on their plants and hope we will have more garden music from Martin!

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