Friday, 23 September 2011

Can Listening To Music Make You A Happier Person ?


Are we a happier person after listening to music ?  Well there have been various studies over the years trying to answer this question .   Here is an article which expounds on the subject further.

"Music & Emotions: Can Music Really Make You a Happier Person?  Music affects us all. But only in recent times have scientists sought to explain and quantify the way music impacts us at an emotional level. Researching the links between melody and the mind indicates that listening to and playing music actually can alter how our brains, and therefore our bodies, function".   MORE

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Choosing The Right Genre Of Music

When deciding on what music to listen to it is important to choose the right genre of music for the mood you are in at the time.
" Research has proven that music could be a major mood lifter particularly when one is undergoing tough times. At least every person encounters a downhill in life and during such times, music would probably be the best thing to address such situations else one would find it extremely tough to cope. " MORE

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

A Musical Synesthesia Experience

Maurice Ravel - "Daphnis et Chloë - Suite No.2" ('Daybreak')

This is a great example of  French impressionist music. The synesthesia experience this piece of music evokes in me is that of a sound picture in where waves from the sea are lapping to the shore while I watch a summer sunrise and experiencing the first breezes of the morning across my face.

It occasionally happens that a great work is better known by excerpts. Such has been the fate of Maurice Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe every since its creation. While occasionally performed as a ballet, it is usually heard in concert, represented by its final three numbers: "Lever du jour" (Daybreak), "Pantomime" and "Danse generale." Ravel himself designated these excerpts as Suite No. 2 after the score's completion in 1912.  MORE

Monday, 7 February 2011

Gary Moore The Blues and Rock Guitarist Dies

Yesterday the sad death of Gary Moore the blues and rock guitarist was announced.
"Moore grew up on Castleview Road opposite Stormont's Parliament Buildings, off the Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast and started performing at a young age, having picked up a battered acoustic guitar at the age of eight. Moore got his first good-quality guitar at the age of 14, learning to play the right-handed instrument in the standard way despite being left-handed. He moved to Dublin in 1968 at the age of 16. Moore's early musical influences were artists such as Albert King, Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Later, having seen Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in his home town of Belfast, his own style was developing into a blues-rock sound that would be the dominant form of his career."  MORE
Gary Moore is best known for his involvement with the rock band 'Thin Lizzy'  who he first joined in 1973  and rejoined them several times more throughout his career.  Before joining 'Thin Lizzy' Moore was with the rock band 'Skid Row'.  In 1974 he joined Jon Hiseman's ‘Colosseum II’ and stayed with them until 1978 when he then followed mainly a solo career.  Gary Moore however collaborated with many major artists throughout his solo career like George Harrison, Albert Collins, BB King, Albert King and Greg Lake,Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, the Beach Boys and Ozzy Osbourne, just to name a few.

His fine rock and blues guitar virtuoso playing will be sadly missed.

Some Links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Moore

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/feb/06/gary-moore-thin-lizzy-dies

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-12377862

http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/news/gary-moore-dies

Monday, 31 January 2011

The Oscar Winner Composer John Barry Has Died

John Barry the Oscar Winner composer died suddenly yesterday (30th January 2011) of an heart attack, he was 77 years. John Barry was best known for his James Bond soundtracks, including 'Dr No', 'Goldfinger' and 'You Only Live Twice'.   He also composed scores to other films  including  'Born Free', 'Midnight Cowboy' and 'Out of Africa'.  His most recent film score was in 2001 for the war thiller film 'Enigma'. MORE

MORE

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12321610

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Barry_(composer)


Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Music And The Chill Factor

A recent study by scientists at the ‘The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro at McGill University’ have found that listening to music releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain that is more closely related to the pleasures that go with rewards like food, drugs and sex.  If a volunteer enjoyed a particular piece of music this produced a chill like response in them which in turn increased the volunteer's dopamine level.  It also resulted in an increase in the volunteer's heart rate, breathing and sweating.
".....this is the first demonstration that an abstract reward such as music can lead to dopamine release. Abstract rewards are largely cognitive in nature, and this study paves the way for future work to examine non-tangible rewards that humans consider rewarding for complex reasons.”   MORE

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Mick Karn: In Memory Of The Former Japan Bass Player

In memory of the multi-instrumentalist of Mick Karn who died on  4 January 2010 after suffering from cancer, he was 52 years old.    He came to prominence in the early 1980's as bass player with the band Japan who he helped to co-founded along with David Sylvian and his younger brother Steve Jansen in  1974.  After Japan broke up in 1982 he went on to have a solo career and released a number of albums.
....... .was an English multi-instrumentalist musician and songwriter, who came to fame as the bassist for the art rock band Japan, from 1974 to 1982. In June 2010, he was diagnosed with advanced stage cancer, and died in January 2011. "  
"The band Japan, whose other members included David Sylvian, keyboardist Richard Barbieri and Sylvian's brother Steve Jansen as drummer, began as a group of friends, who all studied at the same school. As youngsters they played music as a means of escape, playing Sylvian's two-chord numbers – sometimes with Karn as the front man, sometimes with Sylvian at the fore, guitarist Rob Dean joined the band later. "

source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Karn

Other Links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12118209

Mick Karn offical home page :  http://www.mickkarn.net/

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Captain Beefheart: Few Words In His Memory

In memory of Don Van Vliet better known as Captain Beefheart who died on the 17th December 2010 aged 69.

He certainly was one of the great original geniuses of popular music of the 20th Century. With his gritty and growling voice and his fusion of blues, jazz and psychedelia  he carved out sound that was uniquely his.

" His work, whether in music or drawing, was never mainstream and only ever gained a relatively small following, but he was a larger-than-life character who pushed the boundaries of his art in a way which influenced many who followed in his wake "

quoted from  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11811289

Other Links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12024652

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/captain-beefheart-dead-at-age-69-20101217


Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Gerry Rafferty The Musician, Songwriter and Singer Dies Today



Gerald Rafferty The Musician, Songwriter and Singer Is No More.  He died earlier today of  liver failure after a long illness.  


Goodbye Gerry, your music gave me a lot of pleasure over the years   


"Gerald "Gerry" Rafferty (16 April 1947 – 4 January 2011) was a Scottish singer and songwriter best known for his solo hits "Baker Street" and "Right Down the Line", and "Stuck in the Middle" with the band Stealers Wheel."
It was publicly known that Rafferty was battling with alcoholism.[11] In November 2010, Rafferty was admitted to the Royal Bournemouth HospitalBournemouthDorset, suffering from liver failure. He died at home on 4 January 2011, of liver disease.[19] He is survived by his daughter, Martha.[20]


The irony of the success of "Baker Street" was that the lyrics reflected Rafferty’s disenchantment with certain elements of the music industry. This was elaborated by music journalist Paul Gambaccini for BBC World News:[11]

His song "Baker Street" was about how uncomfortable he felt in the star system, and what do you know, it was a giant world hit. The album City to City went to no. 1 in America, and suddenly he found that as a result of his protest, he was a bigger star than ever. And he now had more of what he didn’t like. And although he had a few more hit singles in the United States, by 1980 it was basically all over, and when I say ‘it’, I mean basically his career, because he just was not comfortable with this.


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Rafferty



"Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street provided a welcome relief from the wall-to-wall disco that dominated the UK charts in the late 1970s."  .....   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11728112