This guy claims that a common 4/4 beat causes moral decay.

Music theory 101: A 4/4 beat means there are four beats to a bar. There are different ways of emphasizing the beats within a bar: on the 1 and 3, the 2 and 4, and the off-beat (between beats; think what ska sounds like).

Most popular music is in 4/4 time. The simplest rhythm–the so called “four-on-the-floor” beat–features the bass drum on the 1 and 3 with the snare hitting on the 2 and 4. Because we’re dealing with even numbers, it’s the easiest beat for dancing.

This guy, however, says that one particular 4/4 rhythm–one where the emphasis is on the 2 and 4–“short circuits the moral frontal lobe.” Christians beware!

Send in the asteroid. We’re done on this planet. (Via Tom)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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