The Jane Ellen Experience Podcast Summary #119 Fri 08.21.09

Tone deaf. You know the ones. They are oblivious to how bad they are on American Idol. And you've just got to wonder, don't they know? Well, apparently they don't. People who are truly tone deaf have normal speech and hearing. But their brain may be wired a bit differently so they can't detect a difference in musical pitch. There are fewer connections between the two areas of the brain that can make sounds and can perceive sounds. So, yeah, they really don't know they can't sing. And it tends to run in families. Which would explain the support from family members on American Idol when the truly horrible are told they are great. What we wondered is when a tone deaf person hears a singer who is actually brilliant. Can they tell when someone is good? Or does it all sound the same?

Life expectancy in the US has risen to 75 for men and 80 for women. What do about half of Americans die of? Heart disease and/or cancer. In Zimbabwe, life expectancy is not quite at age 40. Wow.

New movies out this weekend include X Games 3D: The Movie a PG documentary. Post Grad is a PG 13 comedy. And the one that will win the weekend, Inglorious Basterds an R action WWII film with Brad Pitt.

Sting's daughter Coco Sumner is 18, an actress, and on the cover of the UK Magazine Love (she is not nude in any way, like the latest European magazine covers we have discussed). She says the whole Sting tantric sex thing was a joke started by Bob Geldof. And she has been more than a bit creeped out by it growing up. I mean really, she doesn't want to think about the sex life of her parents.

Favorite Recorded Scream is a new album, really an album on vinyl, that is 74 screams and howls and the like. It'll also cost you 15 bucks.

You could win the new Brien Travis CD Tales of Lazy Wednesdays. I think it is amazing. I may be biased, but I also know crap when I hear it. This is crap free. Register to win on the main page of www.thejaneellen.com. You can also get it on iTunes and Amazon.

I have always been interested in Mozart, his music and his life. He died at the age of 35 in 1791. There has been much speculation about what killed him. His death certificate says fever and rash. However, it may have been kidney failure brought on by strep throat. There was quite the mini-epidemic in Vienna at that time of just such a thing.

My youngest, Jenna, turns three Sunday. I have party planning to get to. Cannot believe she is already three and constantly reminds me that she is not a baby. Well, she says it all the time, "I'm not a baby. I'm Jenna." I must get with the not a baby party. Jim already wants to leave the house during it. Other children. New people. Too much for him really.