Author: Becky Thompson

The Greatest Hollywood Movie Soundtracks of the 2010s (part 2)

SAFE & SOUND – THE HUNGER GAMES

Although Taylor Swift doesn’t present a lot of movie soundtrack songs, all ones that are contributed by her are usually received the audience’s love. Her soft, thin, and beautiful voice is extremely attentive to the acoustic rhythms of Safe & Sound, forming a smooth lullaby as the characters expected when returning from the mortal arena. In a space filled with death and war, all we need is peace. That’s the reason why it is cold and blue through the MV but in the end, there is a burning fire full of warmth.

BOOM CLAP – THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

As impressive as the movie and novel The Fault In Our Stars, the soundtrack Boom Clap version of Charli XCX also receives a lot of love from the audiences. Boom Clap is not only a song with catch-up melody and easy to sing along lyrics but also the heart beat of the couple in the movie. Following the spirit of the song, the MV is also filled with cheerful and eye-catching images.

ALL THE STARS – BLACK PANTHER

Besides the content and the character development, the factor that contributed to the success of the superhero movie Black Panther is the African-American cultured soundtrack album including the song All the Stars presented by Kendrick Lamar and SZA. Its creative MV with brilliant visual effects on a dark background also creates an interesting highlight. In addition, the lyrics is like the position affirmation of the colored people.

NOT TODAY – ME BEFORE YOU

Known as a rock band but when Imagine Dragons released the soundtrack song Not Today for the love drama Me Before You, many viewers were surprised because they performed so sweetly. Not Today is a romantic song, recreating the encounter and affection process of Will and Lou couple. No matter how difficult it is, although today we have a quarrel, tomorrow will come with things getting better. And the memories will follow us to the end of the road.

HOW CAN MUSIC ENHANCE ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE? (PART 2)

2. Music Helps Regulate Our Emotions and Moods

Many athletes listen to music before their competition to help them get ready. Music can have a great influence on our emotions and moods by elevating positive aspects like vigor, happiness, and excitement, and reducing negative aspects like tension, fatigue, and anger. So, if you need to lift your mood and get in the zone to workout or perform, pop in headphones and listen to music to calm you down or psych you up.

Have you ever listened to a song that makes you want to dance? Most people used to synchronize their movements to the music that they’re listening to. This could be a simple tap of the toes or head nod. An athlete can synchronize their movements with the type of music he listens to during their workout. For example, a fast tempo song can help an athlete increase their movement to a faster pace. The opposite is also true, in that a slower tempo song will help produce slower movements.

3. Music Uses the Entire Brain

Music can help regulate our emotions and moods, and synchronize our movements. The reason is that music can activate several major parts of our brain at once. Some research show that music affects all the areas of our brain which are crucial for athletic performance, including the occipital lobe, the parietal lobe, the frontal lobe, the temporal lobe, and the cerebellum. For example, music can control stress by reducing the levels of stress hormone cortisol. Music can also help coordinate our limbs while doing exercise by helping with the motor cortex.

Music can be powerful, and there is no wonder why so many athletes use music as a preparation tip for their workouts and competitions. The impact on sports of music can be very useful for not only athletes, but also for anyone who wants to get active. Therefore, if you’re preparing for a big competition or going to workout, let the music help you succeed.

The Greatest Hollywood Movie Soundtracks of the 2010s (part 1)

The movie soundtracks that can fit the theme of the movies with meaningful lyrics and sweet melodies not only help sublimate the audience’s emotions but also contribute to the film’s success.

In the second half of the nineteenth century, the inventors succeeded in recording motion pictures and the first films were born. Time passing, silent films gradually became more vivid when there was a band playing in parallel, making it easier for the audience to immerse themselves in the world of movies. Up to now, music – including sound, background music, and soundtracks – are indispensable elements of a movie. In fact, some movies have slightly faded content, but thanks to the appropriate theme song, they still leave a special impression on the audience. Here is the list of the greatest Hollywood movie soundtracks that make it easier for the film to enter people’s hearts.

REMEMBER ME – COCO

Remember me

Referring to the Coco cartoons that recently won an Oscar, besides the delicate story and fascinating images, what the audience thinks of is its soundtrack – Remember me. Although there are several versions presented by different characters, the duo of Miguel and Natalia Lafourcade has received a Golden Globe nomination and an Oscar in the best soundtrack category.

Remember me has simple and sincere lyrics of the father dedicated to his daughter. Until now, many of us still shed tears when listening to its lyrics.

LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO – FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

Although all the three parts of Fifty Shades of Grey are not highly appreciated because the content is somewhat superficial and the actors’ performances are not excellent, it is undeniable that its soundtracks are quite catchy. Ellie Goulding’s Love Me Like You Do, released in 2015, is higher appreciated than Wanna Live Forever and For You of the next two parts.

Love Me Like You Do is not only suitable for the movie but also for the passionate new couple in love.

The best music festivals this summer 2019

Music festival season is coming. It’s clear that music lovers all over the world are looking for the best lineup to immerse themselves with music. With various festivals to choose from, you’re easy to be caught in the chaos. Here’s a quick list of the best music festivals to expect this season.

Governors Ball Music Festival

Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2

Randall’s Island Park, New York

Governors Ball Music Festival, the Memorial Day weekend event of the year, will take place at Randall’s Island Park in New York with the performances of popular headliners such as Tyler, Lil’ Wayne, The Creator, Brockhampton, Major Lazer, Florence + the Machine, The Strokes, Nas, The 1975, SZA, and a large haul of smaller artists.

Bonnaroo Music Festival

Thursday, June 13 – Sunday, June 16

Great Stage Park, TN

Back for another year, Bonnaroo Music Festival 2019 with headliners including Phish, Post Malone, Odesza, Childish Gambino, Cardi B, and The Lumineers.

Pitchfork Music Festival

Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21

Union Park, Chicago, IL

The 14th Pitchfork Music Festival celebrates music from a diverse group of artists. 2019’s headliners include HAIM, The Isley Brothers, Mavis Staples, Charli XCX, and Robyn.

Pitchfork Music Festival

Lollapalooza Chicago

Thursday, August 1 – Sunday, August 4

Grant Park, IL

Lollapalooza, originally a traveling event in the early 1990s, has become an international music event. The Lollapalooza Chicagoin Grant Park include headliners such as The Strokes, Childish Gambino, The Chainsmokers, Tame Impala, J Balvin, Twenty One Pilots, Flume, and Ariana Grande.

Outside Lands

Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

The premier festival of San Francisco returns in August for another big event with headliners including Paul Simon, Twenty One Pilots, Lil Wayne, Childish Gambino, Flume, Kasey Musgraves, and The Lumineers. In addition to great music from a diverse group of artists, this festival prides itself on its sustainability efforts, especially with waste diversion. 92% of the 2018 festival’s waste was diverted from landfills, according to the its website.

Top musical instruments you can easily learn to play (part 6)

 

  1. Cello 

The cello, a bowed stringed orchestral instrument, is versatile with a rich voice. This member of the violin family is most closely associated with classical music of Europe. Normally, it is made from wood with the top and back being traditionally hand-carved. One incredible thing about this musical instrument is that it can become every string instrument in the orchestra. Due to their sound being easily transformed, cellos can be mostly unrecognizable in certain parts.

Learning to play the cello is not difficult; however, it is important to remember that the cello is not an instrument of instant gratification. It requires focus, daily practice, as well as a good teacher to guide you along the way. Cello is more easy to learn for ones with experience reading notes and rhythms. Learning a string instrument such as the cello is a great example of comprehensive learning. Playing the cello encourages teamwork and leadership skills and also teaches general music knowledge. It is a great instrument for improving confidence, concentration, and focus.

  1. Clarinet 

The clarinet, belonging to a family of woodwind instruments, means ‘little trumpet’. It is played by using a single-reed mouthpiece. Its cylindrical shape is mainly responsible for its distinctive musical notes. The tone quality can greatly vary with the musician, the instrument, the music, the reed, and the mouthpiece. It is such an easy instrument for beginners to learn. While advanced players will recognize easily how difficult it is to get things such as tone, dynamics, and tuning correct, if you are a beginner who sticks to maybe a two-octave range, the clarinet is incredibly forgiving. From a controlled and precise exhale to a relaxed and open inhalation, both woodwind and brass instruments can give your lungs a great respiratory workout.

  1. Trumpet 

The trumpet group includes the instruments that have the highest register in the brass family. Small gusts of air are blown strategically into the trumpet to cause vibrations inside the tube. It requires a lot of skill, personal strength, and breathing techniques to learn when and how to blow the right amount of air into the tube in order to create different notes and different tones. In some ways, it is easy to play the trumpet. However, in other ways, it can be argued that the trumpet is the most difficult instrument.

HOW CAN MUSIC ENHANCE ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE? (PART 1)

Music plays an important role in people’s lives, especially in terms of exercise and sports. Most athletes enjoy listening to music while working out or before a competition. Dr. Costas Karageorghis, the leading researcher on music for performance in the world with more than 100 studies, says that people can use music as “a type of legal performance-enhancing drug.” Music can enhance athletic performance and can be a compelling intervention for improving both athletes’ actual performance as well as their end result. So, how exactly can music improve athletic performance?

  1. Dissociation through music diverts the mind

We all know the feeling when working out and beginning to feel the fatigue creeping in. It takes a number of mental strength to push through this pain. In this case, listening to music can help divert our minds away from the fatigue sensation. This process is called dissociation. There are some research showing that music can direct our attention away from feelings of pain or fatigue, therefore improve athletic performance during endurance activities like cycling, running, and swimming. A 2008 study showed that cyclists used 7% less oxygen if they rode in time to music than if they didn’t have anything playing.

Moreover, it has been shown that listening to music while doing exercise can help increase the efficiency of that activity and it can also postpone fatigue. It is especially true if there is a synchrony between the music rhythm and our movements. When it comes to muscle strength, music perceived to be motivating can lead to intensity’s bursts. This can increase our work capacity and create ultra-high levels of explosive strength, and productivity. Think of its influence on high jumps, plyometrics, weightlifting, sprints,  and high intensity interval training.

In conclusion, music can improve our athletic performance by allowing us to perform more efficiently to save energy and by directing our minds off our pain or fatigue.

Top musical instruments you can easily learn to play (part 5)

  1. Saxophone

The saxophone is a woodwind instrument which is closely related to the clarinet. This musical instrument, invented by Adolphe Sax in 1840 and typically made of brass, played with a mouthpiece. The saxophone is most used in classical music, jazz, marching and military bands. It has always been enclosed in people’s lists when choosing an instrument to learn because of its “cool” image. Playing any musical instrument helps you express your creative side, and the saxophone is particularly good for this purpose thanks to its wide range of flexible and dynamics sound that allows you to convey many styles and emotions.

There are 9 different types of saxophone in total, but the most popular ones are the Alto, Tenor, Soprano, and Baritone saxes. Whether you are tall or short, or enjoy playing the bassline parts or the melody in bands, there is a suitable saxophone for you. Playing saxophone improves your aural skill and the ability of finding the difference between a various type of sounds. This also helps in developing your language proficiency. Moreover, it contributes in identifying logical patterns that help in science and math.

  1. Flute

The flute, also belonging to the woodwind family, produces sound through the flow of air across an opening. The sound pitch is changed when the various holes in its body are opened or closed. The flutes for beginners  are often made from silver-plated or nickel brass while professionals use gold, solid silver,  and even platinum. Silver flutes produce a brighter sound while wooden ones produce a dark sound.

It is easier to learn to play woodwind instruments than string instruments or keyboard because we can learn three notes in the first lesson and make progress quicker on them. This versatile instrument is commonly used in jazz, classical, and modern band ensembles. Playing the flute is relaxing, helps improve concentration, co-ordination, and self-discipline.

Top musical instruments you can easily learn to play (part 4)

  1. Percussion

A percussion is a musical instrument which is sounded by being scraped or struck by a beater; scraped, rubbed, or struck by hand; or struck against another instrument. Percussion plays a pivotal role in almost every style of music. Especially, in recent popular music culture, it is hard to name three hip-hop, rap, funk, rock, or even soul songs or charts which do not have percussive beat keeping the tune in time. Playing the percussion gives a lot of mind and body benefits. This assists both kids and adults with their motor skills and coordination.

  1. Bass Guitar

The bass guitar is another kind of stringed instrument which is similar in appearance and construction to the electric guitar, but having a longer neck and scale length with four to six strings. It is a transposing instrument that is primarily played with the fingers or thumb, by slapping, plucking, popping, tapping, thumping, strumming, or picking with a plectrum. The bass guitar is often a solo instrument in Latin, funk, jazz, jazz fusion, rock, and other metal styles. Learning to play the bass guitar is as challenging as learning to play the six string guitar. If you are not sure about your musical abilities, it is perfect to get started with the bass guitar. Players often have to memorize long chords with a regular guitar while you can play more songs with only single notes with a bass guitar. This is the reason why it is easier for new musical instruments players.

The role of the bass guitar player is working hand and glove with the drummer to provide the rhythmic impulse. Double bass guitar musicians are sought-out readily to perform in a professional capacity. It is much easier for a bass guitar player to find work than a guitar player. Moreover, like any other musical instrument, playing bass guitar produces a special kind of pleasure that affects your life positively. It is beneficial to your health, mental ability, personal life, social life, and other areas of your life.

Top musical instruments you can easily learn to play (part 3)

 

  1. Electric Guitar

The electric guitar is a string instrument. It was invented in 1931 and basically uses a pick-up to convert the vibration of its strings , typically made of metal. The vibration occurs when a guitarist plucks, strums, or finger-picks the strings -  into electrical impulses. The electric guitar commonly has 6 strings but sometimes has up to 12 strings. The electric guitar is a little easier to play than the acoustic guitar. It has a bit lighter strings and a bit thinner neck, that makes things more comfortable for hands which aren’t used to fretting chords. It is convenient for new players because if it is difficult to struggle with the mechanics of playing, they are more likely to quit. Starting with a guitar which is easier on the hands helps remove one of the barriers preventing newbies from advancing on the instrument.

Most new musical instrument players have not chosen their musical direction. It takes some time for them to figure out what they really love and what they’re really good at. An electric instrument makes them have the freedom to explore those choices. Someone may find that they love playing classical music finger-style or strumming chords and eventually switch to acoustic guitar. Someone may decide to love jazz, metal, or country music. And people can play all of that on an electric guitar which gives them a greater amount of freedom to explore it all.

  1. Violin

The violin is also a string instrument which typically has four strings and is the smallest but highest-pitched instrument in its family. The violin is usually played by drawing a bow across the strings. It is an important musical instrument in many musical genres like jazz,  metal, country, and folk music. Learning to play the violin is at the top of many bucket lists for aspiring musicians and has great benefits such as improving concentration, coordination, and discipline.

Playing the violin requires more impeccable posture than almost any other musical instruments. It takes balance and strength to keep your body and hold your violin in the proper position for an extended period of time. It also requires incredible strength in the shoulder and upper arm muscles. Playing the violin improves your hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and physical strength, and makes the players ultimate multi-taskers.

 

 

 

Top musical instruments you can easily learn to play (part 2)

 

  1. Piano

The piano has particularly been an unparalleled outlet for those who are seeking for simply fun and joy, creative expression, and escape. The modern piano has a total of 88 keys including 36 black and 52 white keys and is played by using a keyboard. It was first invented around the 18th century and is used for many genres of music like jazz, classical, traditional and popular. Often considered as the best musical instrument to start playing with, the piano is highly versatile with a wide range and the ability to change dynamics.

Playing the piano offers different advantages to the players of all ages. Children will develop perseverance, emotional expression, and concentration. It also helps in enhancing their fine motor skills and concentration as well as improving their memory and focus. It is such a relaxing and calming musical instrument to learn, too. Moreover, playing the piano is a great way of stress relief and provides opportunities to bolster self-esteem.

  1. Classical Guitar

The guitar is a string instrument having from 4 to 18 strings with a normal one having 6 strings. Typically, it is played by strumming the strings with one hand and fretting them with the other hand. Learning to play the guitar has the great advantages of developing social skills and building confidence. As with the other musical instruments, playing the guitar enhances the fine motor skills of children and improves their focus, memory, and concentration skills. Learning and practicing guitar increases the knowledge of music theory and helps memorize individual notes and not patterns.

  1. Drum set

Drums, the percussion instruments, are the oldest form of musical instruments, which have existed in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. They are commonly played by being struck with beaters or anything from bare hands to wooden sticks to wire brushes. Playing drums helps relieve disappointment, stress, and frustration. Learning to play drums makes you understand how to break complex tasks into manageable ones. Drumming is interactive, about coordination and timing, both of which force the drummers to be in the present moment.