- Fights depression and reduces stress
- Raises the level of Serotonin in your brain (lowering the level leads to depression) http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-serotonin.htm
- Keeps you alert
- Improves your ability to learn
- Increases your level of concentration
- Increases your memory
- Learning to read music is very similar to learning a new language
- Helps you be more creative
- Helps you to learn anything faster
- Gives you increased problem-solving skills
- Helps you sleep better
- Increases endorphins (the 'feel good' hormone, see it explained here: http://www.road-to-health.com/64/What_are_Endorphins_.html ). Endorphins are also secreted when you exercise.
- You may eat less when listening to music
- Increases your endurance
- Helps you heal faster
- When shopping, stores have music playing to get the shoppers to relax and stay longer
- The music is too loud (see Triogenius 4-6-15 about noise pollution and how too-loud music damages your hearing)
- The music is too harsh
- It may bother you if it is too high-pitched
- It has a dissonant (clashing) sound rather than harmony
- There is too much music coming at you at once
Someone who reads music can translate this for you......
You might also consider a career in Music Therapy:
(Interview with a Music Therapist, Triogenius May 7, 2012)
New feature: Word of the Week. Every week we'll learn a word that has to do with the blog.....
WOW for 10-5-2015: Libretto
Worth a try:
- Ask your parents or even your grandparents what their favorite singers/groups were, when they were your age.
- Listen to a type of music you never had listened to before. Try New Age, Jazz, Big Band, Opera, or music from another country such as Ireland, India, or South America. Check out a violinist or a trumpet player. You don't have to love it....just give it a listen. Go to Youtube and see what you can find that's not familiar....and remember, there's a huge variety of CDs you can borrow for free at your local library.
- Try singing in a group, maybe with your friends, if you never have.
- Really listen to lyrics: Are they saying something you agree with? Are they unimaginative or do they say exactly how you feel? Are they insensitive or mean-spirited or even violent? Do they portray women with disrespect? Is that OK with you...or not?
- Try playing an instrument. Can a friend or family member teach you?
- Write a song--words and/or music. Or, dance...maybe dance to something new?
- Watch a musical. If you haven't seen Les Mis, The Sound of Music, Phantom of the Opera, Rent....you've missed a lot! Again, many of these (videos or soundtracks) are available to borrow at the library for free.
- Pay attention to what sort of music you hear at the mall, the doctor's office, maybe in a lab at school. Does it soothe you? Would you rather have silence?
- Imagine life without music. Wouldn't that be sad??
"Bohemian Rhapsody" on Ukelele??? Yep, and he's excellent: Jake Shimabukuro: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=jake+shimabukuro&FORM=HDRSC3#view=detail&mid=9E28F2938B7F13A177F99E28F2938B7F13A177F9
A cellist and a street dancer?? Fascinating. Yo-Yo Ma and Li'l Buck: http://www.wimp.com/mabuck/ The song is "The Swan," by Saint-Saens. Li'l Buck's style is called 'Jookin.'
Random Act of Culture: "West Side Story" at the Miami Airport. http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=random+acts+of+culture&FORM=HDRSC3#view=detail&mid=9C5EBFDE9463DB0103DD9C5EBFDE9463DB0103DD
Jethro Tull's "Kashmir"...on violin??? Yep, and this violinist is excellent: Lucia Micarelli http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=lucia%20micarelli&qs=VI&form=QBVR&pq=lucia%20mica&sc=8-10&sp=1&sk=#view=detail&mid=86EA8396732E4351FD0A86EA8396732E4351FD0A
Maybe some blues: Kenny Wayne Shepherd. http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=kenny%20wayne%20shepherd&qs=n&form=QBVR&pq=kenny%20wayne%20shepherd&sc=8-20&sp=-1&sk=#view=detail&mid=66FA1393003FAE18FFBF66FA1393003FAE18FFBF
*Also worth discussing: Do you think music should be censored, or should there be a 'parental advisory' on music? Why or why not?
Share a cool music video by posting it in the comments section below!