Author: Becky Thompson

Creating a Musical Home Environment

Your children spend more time at home than any other place. Home is the most predominant source of experiences. It’s important for parents to create a good environment in the home that includes music in a meaningful way. Start with these simple steps to create a musical home environment for your children.

Immerse your home in music. Whenever appropriate, let the music play in the home. It doesn’t matter what type of music. Your children will find particularly meaningful with any musical genres. So, remember to play music – any and all music.

Actively listen to music. Besides having music playing in the background, attending to and interacting with music regularly is also important for your children. With a young child, you should move his hands or legs to the music. With an older child, you can spark conversation and ask him questions about music. That can help in focusing your children’s attention to the music and suggesting that music is something that elicits a response.

Sing with your children. An excellent way to help your children internalize music is singing with them. It doesn’t matter how well you sing, you can sing simple songs for kids. With young children, repetition is important. That will help your children learn basic melodies and rhythms. Singing a song is also a fun way for you and your child to spend time together.

Dance with your children. Dancing is another fun way to encourage your children to learn about music. Finding and moving to the steady beat of the music is fundamental to all future musical ability. If your children find it difficult, don’t get discouraged! Just give them more time.

Make music together. As your children get older, you can encourage them to make music together. If they play the guitar, you may consider a duet with them. If you play an instrument, you may play along with them when they sing. That will make your children understand and feel the shared joy of making music.

Let music be a part of everyday life that improves whatever we do. If you instill this value in your children at a young age, they will continue to explore a relationship with music when they’re older.

4 ways music improves our health

If you’re looking for an easy way to transform your mood, just listen to music. According to longlasting research, listening to music can heighten positive emotion through the reward centers of our brain, stimulating hits of dopamine that can make us feel good. In some cases, music’s impacts on health have been more powerful than medication. Here are four ways that music seems to impact our health.

Music reduces stress and anxiety

Music can prevent all biological markers of stress, the increasing of anxiety-induced in heart rate and systolic blood pressure, and the decreasing of cortisol levels. In one study involving surgery patients, listening to music had more powerful effects on stress-reducing than using an orally-administered anxiolytic drug.

In addition, one recent study has found that music helped to make in reducing anxiety and stress in a children’s hospital, above and beyond social contributions.

Music decreases pain

Although music has an impact on dopamine release, it’s not clear why music may reduce pain. Of course, stress and pain are closely linked; so music’s impact on stress reduction may also partly explain why music can decrease pain.

You can see that people use different kinds of music to promote specific types of healthy activities. One form of music might get you revved up to walk or run in the morning, then another type of music might be perfect to relax after that run. A good balance of physical activity and relaxation can help reduce the pain for people.

Music may improve immune functioning

Some researchers believe that listening to music can actually help prevent disease.

They found that levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, which can weaken the immune system, decreased significantly in those listening to the dance music, while their levels of the immune system’s first line of defense, the antibody immunoglobin A,  were heightened. So, listening to music can boost your immune system and may help fight off disease.

Music helps us exercise

The United Kingdom researchers recruited thirty participants to listen to motivational music, non-motivational music or no music while they walked until they reached exhaustion levels. Measurements showed that listening to music increased the length of time participants worked out. The participants who listened to motivational music felt better than those in the other two conditions.

In another study, results showed that when exercisers listened to music with a faster and synchronous beat, their bodies used up oxygen more efficiently than music with a slower and unsynchronized tempo.

More shows for UK stadium tour of Spice Girls

Spice Girls have announced that they decided to extend their 2019 UK stadium tour with 4 more shows in their schedule.

More shows for UK stadium tour of Spice Girls

On November 5, this girl band revealed their return on Twitter with a video in which Geri Horner, Mel B, Emma Bunton and Mel C delivering a mock news bulletin. However, Victoria Beckham was confirmed not to join the group on this tour.

After official announcement, tickets for this concerts have been on sale from November 10. However, many fans were disappointed when trying to get a ticket in hand due to site crashes, error messages, and online long queues.

In response to the “phenomenal” demand from fans, the organizer decided to add 4 shows to the sint – with two extra dates scheduled in Manchester and London.

On Twitter, Mel C said that she was really “overwhelmed with the response” from fans. It was over their expectation.

The first comeback interview of Spice Girls was on air on ITV’s Jonathan Ross Show on November 10th. During the recording on last Wednesday, this group revealed that they didn’t actually ask Victoria Beckham to join them in this show.

The Spice Girls were an English pop girl group formed in 1994 with 5 members: Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, and Victoria Beckham. This iconic girl power group initially spitted in 2000 after Geri Halliwell left the group. They had a 2 comeback tours in 2007 and 2008, and then, reunited for a final performance at the Olympics Closing Ceremony in 2012.

And this February, this 5 members raised a reunion plans into consideration, and said that it’s the time to explore some incredible new opportunities together. Since 2012, this was the very first time that they met up to discuss about the comeback plans. It is believed that they had talked about working on a lot of upcoming projects, including TV shows, endorsements, and a greatest hits compilation.

Best Music Streaming Platforms

Can you imagine a life without music? Whether you use your tablet, mobile device, or desktop to search for music online, the options are unlimited when it comes to music access and so are music streaming services that are expanding at a rapid pace. This makes it extremely difficult to choose which streaming platform to use. Therefore, we compiled a list of the best music streaming platforms that are absolutely free.

Spotify

With more than 20 million options within its catalogue, there’s no denying that Spotify is one of the most renowned names when it comes to the music streaming industry. It offers a streaming quality of around 320 kbps and provides access to all platforms, including Android, iOS, Blackberry, and Windows. From bands to albums to individual artists and creating your own playlists, the music streaming platform will equip users with plenty of features to further enhance their music listening experience.

Google Play

This is another widely used music streaming platform which is available across the globe. Unlike Spotify, Google Play enables you to gain access to their entire catalogue of music instead of just those that are available for streaming. In addition, the music can be listened to at 320 kbps and is extremely easy to use and navigate. It’s also available on all platforms, ranging from iOS to Android.

Pandora

Pandora boasts with over 1 million music options within its catalogue. It’s essentially designed for those that want free radio station streaming as opposed to tracks that are on-demand. Free account holders will gain access to over 100 personalised stations as well as limited skips. The platform boasts with a 192 kbps streaming quality and is ideal for those that want to customise just about everything.

iHeartRadio

This is arguably the only music streaming provider that doesn’t charge a single penny for users to gain full access. It comes equipped with a catalogue that boasts with over 18 million songs, 1,500 live radio stations, and 4,500 artists. iHeartRadio also impresses with a dedicated mobile app that can be downloaded on all platforms, including Xbox, iOS, Windows, Blackberry, and Android. Users can customise, personalise, and search for their music needs when using this incredible music service provider.

Mixcloud

With Mixcloud, users will gain access to radio shows, lengthy audios, music mixed, and the ability to create and personalise playlist for free. Users also don’t need to spend a cent to download the mobile app which is available on both iOS and Android. Although it doesn’t offer albums or singles, it does boast with a catalogue of more than 3 million mixes.

Deezer

This music streaming service is considered one of the more experienced and mature providers in the world which was established in 2006. Deezer boasts with over 30 million music options within its catalogue and can be enjoyed on all platforms, such as Windows, Blackberry, Android, and others. The site provides unlimited music access for a maximum of 1 month. Thereafter, it will restrict your access to only 2 hours.

Does Music Really Help While Studying?


Studying takes some real concentration, especially when you’re studying for a big exam or a subject you’re not familiar with or just not a fan of. When you research study tips, most recommend music, it blocks out background noise, gives you an even tone to keep you focused on the content of the books.

Many suggest that calm, relaxing music is best, especially something like classical music as it doesn’t include any words and the instruments actually help you stay focused. While all this information is really helpful and somehow makes sense, we all have our own studying preferences and the type of music we enjoy.

The question we’re looking at today is whether music really makes a difference when it comes to studying. There are many students who prefer silence while many also prefer music, some classical and some music with words, then, of course, you get the few students who can study in just about any conditions, whether there’s a party, a movie playing or people talking.

What Research Tells Us

If you’re using music to try and bump up your exam marks, the sad truth is, it doesn’t really work. The myth known as the Mozart Effect has been proven to ineffective, especially when it comes to enhancing our abilities to learn new things or simply remember what we’ve studied. The myth was started with the media, leading us to believe that music of any genre is better than silence while studying.

There have been multiple studies leading to the same results, and while some of us might swear by it, according to research it actually doesn’t have any positive effects. By that, we don’t mean you should avoid listening to music, but don’t do it in hopes of improving our ability to get better results on your next exam. This has been proven by studies performed by Dr Nick Perham who says listening to any types of music while reading is disruptive and adds no benefit to remembering what you’ve read.

Psychologist Francis Rauscher has done many different studies when it comes to the effects of music on humans. Some of you might remember her studies with the effects of music on unborn children. Her studies have shown that some people might benefit from the right type of music. For example, she suggests that you list to the music you enjoy, meaning if you’re not a fan of classical music, don’t use it to try and improve your studies, but rather use music you’re a fan of.

While there are differences in opinion and research as seen above, everyone agrees that music that involves worlds won’t help while trying to read and that other forms of music might only provide small benefits if any at all. For some of us, it’s actually a disadvantage while for some it helps, especially with math and other forms of non-reading studies such as technical drawing. At the end of the day, it all comes down to what works for you, which is why we recommend trying the different options and seeing how they affect your studies.

The lessons from Avicii

The lessons from Avicii

On the 20th of April, 2018 Tim bergling known popularly by his stage names was dead, cause of death;  Suicide.

It is sad that a man who has continued to lift others with deep reaching sounds couldn’t get his own uplifting songs to help him when he needed it.

Avicii was a Swedish musician, a DJ and a remixer who grew to be loved by millions all over the world while making his million bucks.

The young artist who touched the lives of millions with his works and philanthropy started his career quite early, by posting his remixes on electronic music forums at the age of 16,and not long from then had his first record deal.

Avicii was nominated for a Grammy for his work with fellow DJ David Guetta and was being recognized as one of the DJ’s who ushered in electronic music and made it quite popular in the 2010’s.

Yet what was so special about this young man who touched the lives of people on and off concerts,  on radio and when they didn’t listen to his voice or songs.

His album True contained songs like wake me up which touched the lives of people all over the world especially young people who felt lost.

The song tries to make young people understand that sometimes, somehow it is okay not to have a sense of direction or a place of destination but it is okay to start.  It is best to start and take life as it comes, making it fun to live.  And while the older generation, the ones who have seen everything are keen to chastise the young for failing to have a sense of direction, for failing to take life as serious as they hoped,  the song hoped that the young feel contented in living life as it comes . The young would be warned as about potential regrets later in life, but the key is to enjoy living life while you still have it.

He might be seen to just finding his place in life but he doesn’t see it like that, for him he has to enjoy what he faces in life.  And even when he tries to be like everyone worrying about life, he sees it’s futility .

Life is short, should be lived fully

Yet how did this young man whose songs sounded cryptic but whose videos showed a man who wasn’t afraid of facing life lying fead at the young age from suicide.

He retired early from performing and touring because he felt mentally drained and unable to continue. But he reassured fans he was back to the studio making music.  His health issues continued to follow him heavily especially after he had acute pancreatitis and had his gallbladder and appendix removed.

His lack of fear for the vicissitudes of life and enjoying the little pleasures of life like a bottle of scotch caught up with him.

But Avicii who gave his fans great lyrics to live for ensured he not only touched people with his music but touched them with his philanthropy work.

His house for hunger was a charity that gave back to the world. While he continued to live life to the fullest he made sure someone somewhere had the chance to just live life .

Avicii might be gone but his powerful lyrics remind us how precious life is , and how we must continue to give back.

WHAT IS MUSIC ?

WHAT IS MUSIC ?

What is music seems a rhetorical question or at best a question with many parts and many answers. But this question is asked because it needs answers maybe at the end of this, I might get some answers or maybe o would get ‘the Answer’ if it exists.

Music has always been since the beginning of the World.  If you believe in creation by the Jewish /Christian narrative, you would believe music came even before the world. And is the Big Bang itself not music?

So why do we try to define what music is, if it is older than us all.

Just maybe because music Is personal , you might be in a crowd thumping to music blaring from Sound Speakers or from the guitar of a hyped up band member and still personalise your experience of the song

Music is everywhere and everything.  It is said that Music is a form of art; an expression of emotions through harmonic frequencies. The key word here is emotions, because while music is an expression of music it also elicits emotions.  No matter what the emotion is,  could be revolution, could be introspective, could be romantic, could be depressing, could be inspirational could elicit emotions of adoration but what is key is that music expresses music and then elicits music..

Yet no matter the expression of music, it still holds a personal meaning to different people. Some forms of music or a song could elicit a different feeling for different people,  a good example is the fact that the song by Passenger about letting go could be seen as admonishing one or reassuring him of his decision to break it off with a partner, yet the same song could allow someone mourn the loss of a loved one or an unavoidable break up and could just be a sad song for one who isn’t in a relationship but feels the need not to hold on for too long once he is in one.

The song portrays the same message but elicits different yet strong emotions in 3 different people.

That is the power of music.

But music isn’t all about messages, dance hall songs and feel good songs elicit emotions even if not deep seated ones. They make you move your legs, they make the world less serious and make you giddy with laughter while it is on .

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YBut music isn’t all about singing ,tapping ,playing musical instruments and clapping are music as long as there is a rhythm.

Music is a link to the future and the vehicle to the past.  Music is memory, the good and bad.  Music is root.

Music would always revolve, different stories would be told by Musicians as the year goes by, different emotions would be expressed and elicited but music would always be music.

Just because music is a thing of the heart.

Music is enjoyed by making it, listening to it or by creating it by composing it.

No matter where you are or what you are facing there is a special song, rendition , tune created just to pull you through the dark nights or make you enjoy the bright sun.

Just listen to it.