06
Dec

There are many singers and bands that have emerged nowadays, sometimes it is even hard to keep track of everyone. Anyhow, this is a natural occurrence because most people, if not all, are into music, and some really do have the real talent to go with such interest. Now, music is not only just an interest but even a budding profession too.

But let’s have a look at the legends that graced the music scene in the past and even today.

Michael Jackson

The King of Pop is, of course, one to be remembered. Famous for his music and dance, the eighth child of the Jackson family debuted together with his siblings in the Jackson 5. Afterwards, he started going solo and just became a global figure with hits such as Beat It and Billie Jean. His album titled Thriller is even the best-selling album of all time.

Elvis Presley

Another big name is the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. From his first single, Heartbreak Hotel, in 1956, he was already a number one hit. This celebrated and influential man is even the best-selling solo artist in history. He is recognised with three Grammy awards and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been awarded in many Hall of Fames as well. This international star is definitely esteemed for his energy and performance.

The Beatles

The Fab Four consists of members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. This English band started getting popular with their first hit, Love Me Do. They have topped many music charts not only in the United Kingdom but even in the United States. From rock, they have also ventured in many different genres. Influential, the Beatles indeed are.

Whitney Houston

This singer takes pride in being the 2009 Guinness Words Records’ most awarded female act in all time. Her debut album alone has become successful, proving her singing prowess from the start of her career. Many of her songs have been widely used around the world, especially during singing contests. Whitney also endeavoured into acting.

Bob Marley

The Jamaican singer songwriter has really paved a way for the reggae sound to be appealing to many around the world. With this unique style, he certainly deserves the recognition given to him, including being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His song, One Love, is even the song of the millennium, courtesy of BBC.

Madonna

If there is a King of Pop, well, the females definitely do not want to be left behind. Here is the Queen of Pop, in the form of Madonna. This American singer and songwriter is widely acclaimed for her great and constant reinvention of her music and image. She proved to be an all-around entertainer as she also got into acting and business. The Guinness World Records also named her as the second best-selling female artist in the United States. For the UK Music Hall of Fame, Madonna is one of the founding members.

18
Nov

Most people, if not all, are music lovers. Whatever genre it may be – pop, rock, metal, classical, acoustic and many others – music is just vital in our everyday lives. Now, for those who love to cook and whip up their own dishes, having some tunes to listen to can definitely change your prospective on the activity.

Let us dig deeper on how music can be beneficial while cooking.

Music sets the mood. Whether you are alone in your kitchen or not, a radio or a stereo blasting your favorite jam can make the atmosphere feel relaxed and/or energetic. The dicing, slicing and all will not feel such chores because you get to be calm and collected, all in all.

Music gives motivation. A song, either fast or slow, can give you the drive to do what you are doing, which for this instance is cooking. Doing the task will be easier and even faster because of the stimulation that music brings.

Music reduces stress. If you just got home from a long day at work but you still have to make your own meal, turning on the radio or playing your phone music player can help soak away the tiredness and fatigue. With this, you can prepare food at the pace you want, with no pressure whatsoever.

Music enhances creativity. Culinary is an art in itself and if you have music to listen to, it can help you produce a better looking and tastier dish, especially if it is in mid volume or in a level that is comfortable and not too noisy for you.

Music promotes focus. This can be more classical music but it can apply to other genres too. In essence, it directs your attention to your present activity, which then results to you working fast and efficient.

Music keeps you awake. You may still be sleepy when cooking at an early time for breakfast but with music blasting on the speakers, for sure all your senses will be aroused. You will be able to wake up, do your thing and feed yourself and your family.

Cooking and listening to music are both forms of therapy and being able to enjoy them together is such a wondrous experience. You get to fulfill your passions inside the kitchen with much serenity and life.

And speaking of the kitchen, being able to whip your favorite dishes will be all the better with a beautiful and functional one. Milfords Kitchens Ipswich is a company that you can trust that will provide you with the design and installation of your very own.

You can go modern or traditional or perhaps a different style that you like. It is important to note that you should also go for a kitchen that is of utmost comfort. For your musical purposes, there are furniture pieces that already have appliances and electronics such as radios installed in them. This will make the playing and the access of music quicker and easier for you.

15
Jul

musicMusic has been and will always be part of our life. It is through music that many individuals express themselves. For most people who cannot express themselves in words, they find freedom in expressing it through a song or dance. This is just one benefit of music. For children, music also plays a significant role in helping the child’s brain and other skills develop efficiently. These benefits are:

Music stimulates brain development. Have you ever examined how you process listening to music and singing along with it? Do you enjoy watching kids perform on TV, especially those involving their participation in contests? What makes these children stand out? Look at how the children sing along to the tune of dance music, as well as dance along with it. That is coordination of the muscles and bones, as well as synchronization of the throat to sing along. At the same time, the brain is processing and accessing its memory on the lyrics of the song, while at the same time, it moves the body to the tempo of the dance music. This is why parents are ecstatic when children can sing with the right tune and dance to the right tempo of the music. This means that their brains are well developed to synchronize all those movements and activities.

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Music helps in the physical development of the child. When children move to the beat of music, their bones and muscles are moved. They are, in short, being used and exercised. Through this, the muscles stretched and bones are stimulated to develop. Children who have been confined in bed for a long time may develop weak muscles and bones. As such, initiating movement through the use of music will be a good start for children who’ve been confined or hospitalized.

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Music boosts the child’s self confidence. During family reunions, do you notice how children hesitate to approach other relatives? Music is one way to improve on the child’s self confidence by telling them to prepare a dance or song number during family reunions. This way, they get used to performing in front of an audience and will also in turn develop their self confidence. As children start to feel satisfaction when being recognized for their talents, they will feel the confidence and will ultimately lose the timidity.

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Music improves the memory. As children continue to practice for a presentation, their ability to retain in their memory the lyrics of the song, or the steps of a dance number will help to sharpen their memory. If you can remember, there was a video that showed how memory helped a dementia patient remember the lyrics of a song from his genre. If a senior’s memory can be stimulated through music, all the more that it is possible for the developing child.

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Music teaches the child the value of discipline. A child can get frustrated with his repeated failures. For instance, when he cannot get the exact tone of a part of a song, or he cannot move to the right tempo of a dance beat, he can get frustrated. However, with sufficient support from parents, the child will not give up until he’s able to master the lyrics and tone of a song or the exact time and dance combination in tempo with a dance beat. The child then learns that with persistence and perseverance, he gets the desired results. With proper discipline, he can achieve what he really wants.

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Music promotes social interaction. Children with the same interests usually gather round it. For instance, if children are music enthusiasts, they will naturally show interest towards anyone who plays an instrument or dances to a beat. Though they may be coy at first, it wouldn’t be long before two or more children are gathered to show a dance step or two to the new acquaintance. A child may take interest in befriending someone who has the same interest as him. What better way to promote social interaction through the use of music?

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Music helps children express themselves. When children find it hard to communicate with adults, they turn to music. When parents are at a loss on how to communicate with their child, they should look into the kind of music the child is listening to. Through this, they can find a way to see through the child. The child usually speaks animatedly about things that he likes. When a child really likes music, this can be the bridge that can connect the communication gap between parents and children.

04
Jun

musicListening to the music is one of the favorite past time of many people. It offers many benefits aside from passing the time and preventing you from getting bored. Here are some of them:

Diverts your attention. When you listen to your favorite song, you tend to sing along, or reminisce about a situation where you can attribute the song to. For instance, you are currently experiencing a headache and you have taken your headache medication. However, it will not automatically stop the pain. It will take some time before the medication takes effect. While waiting for the medication to work its function, you can listen to music in the meantime and feel the pain slowly slipping away. It actually increases your pain tolerance without you knowing it. It is also one of the therapies provided by hospitals for individuals who undergo so much pain those medications sometimes fail to provide relief.

Promotes sharp memory. Do you notice how kids easily remember nursery rhymes? Most of the nursery rhymes, sing in a song-like tune. Music actually helps to enhance your memory and helps you remember things and events. In fact, some dementia care at home market deeping also provides music as part of therapy with the aim to enhance the memory of the elderly. As the music helps the individual focus and concentrate on the music or lyrics being played, it triggers memory neurons in the brain and helps the individual remember and attribute certain music to a particular event in life.

Promotes relaxation and reduce stress. One of the benefits that music is good as is its promotion of relaxation. Note that office workers usually look forward to weekends as it is a time for them to go to their favorite bars or disco clubs. The music in this bar and disco clubs along with the company of friends helps to relieve your stress and makes you feel relaxed. When you are anxious about a certain medical examination, doctors will allow you to listen to music to help achieve relaxation and reduce your anxiety.

Improves body movement and coordination. Children who were exposed to music early in life usually like dancing and listening to music. As a result, they develop good body movement and coordination as part of mimicking dance steps. The muscles and bones of the body are exercised through dancing, thus it gets firmer and more agile.

Improves the heart and blood circulation. As music helps to promote relaxation and reduce stress levels of the individual, the blood and the heart are also relieved of its load. As the body starts to relax, it brings about chemical changes in the body. The brain releases a feel-good hormone called dopamine, which helps to dilate the blood vessels and improves the circulation of the blood and decrease the pressure on the heart.

Music brings about many changes in the body. Aside from the entertainment it brings, it helps the individual cope with the changes and stress of everyday life. Without music, it would be quite difficult for any individual to release cooped up emotions, which can be detrimental to his health.

05
Apr

music that can hurt your earWhen do you know that music is bad for you? Is there an instance that it is bad for a person? Music per se is not bad for a person. Music was discovered in search of leisure and relaxation. It starts to be bad when the volume is too high for your ears. Loud music can cause temporary or permanent ear damage. You may get an ear infection from excessive use of your earphones and you can get hearing loss. Here are tips on what to do to prevent hurting your ear:

Use foams for your earphones or headset. The foam will muffle the sound. It will also help to prevent ear infection, especially if other people use your earphones.

Stay away from the speaker. When in clubs, expect the music to be loud. Thus, do not stay near the speakers so as not to hurt your ear.  Go to a quiet place after some time.  There’s no rule that you have to stay inside the bar for the whole duration of your night out. Do go out and take some time off from the music so as to rest your ear.

Avoid drinking too much when you are in a bar. When you get drunk, you are not aware of how much loud music your ear is trying to bear. So it is best to drink in moderation, not only for your ear, but for your overall health as well.

Do the above mentioned precautions when you are at a concert. Concerts will have naturally loud music. Again, stay away from the speakers. If there are people shouting beside your ear, try to stay away from him. Take note that rolled up table napkins cannot muffle the sound that you hear and will not do any good. Make sure that you rest your ear for 24 hours after you went to a concert or get home from a night of clubbing.

When you are listening with your iPad, make sure that you can still hear a person when he or she speaks to you. This is not just to prevent your ear, it also helps to avoid any accidents on the road, especially if you are walking and crossing the streets.

When you have to should for another person to hear you, then the music is too loud. When the other person can hear the music coming out from your earphones, then be aware that you are subjecting your phone to too much loud sound. Be reminded, too, that after an hour of listening to music using your earphones, the risk of ear infection is most likely if continue to do so.

Consult the doctor. When you feel that there is pain in your ear that doesn’t go away, then it may be that you have hurt your ear from excessively loud music.  When you perceive men’s voices more clear than women’s voices, you should also consult an ear specialist just to be sure.  Throbbing ear and headache are also signs that you should not ignore.

05
Apr

musicMusic is something that human beings have enjoyed since its discovery by Indians.  For centuries now, the music industry has reinvented and revived music from the past. Indeed, every human being is capable of appreciating music from the moment they were born. From the first lullaby of your mother to the songs that your brother listened to, you begin to appreciate music and affect you depending on its genre and type.

True, all people are affected by music, but the way it affects the individual is entirely dependent on personality and memories that is brought out relative to the song or music.

Music  for Relaxation.  Many people are now using music in adjunct with other relaxation techniques. Together with music, candles and warm bath provide soothing effects of tired muscles, anxiety and stress from work.

Music for celebration. Whether it be the Holidays, some birthday, wedding, religious or virtually any celebration in life needs music. You and your friends may celebrate your promotion by going to disco club. It won’t be a disco club without loud music and some dancing – and you know there can’t be any dancing without music.

Music for growing up children. TV shows for children, especially those that are oriented towards teaching children the basic letters will not be as attractive if there won’t be any music to add color. The music helps the children retain the lesson. By hearing a particular music relative to the lesson, they can easily remember by associating the lesson with the music.

Music for advertisement. Like color, music is now an integral part of commercials and advertisements. The advertisement for Coca Cola every Holidays won’t be as catchy without the background music playing along with the video. It would be a boring one if you see a video without any sound.

Music for exercise. The exercise is made livelier and energized by the presence of an accompanying music. The participants are more agile and can remember the steps more easily if the exercise is associated with that song.

Music to pass away the time. Remember the times that you would need to be put on hold by the operator or any person you’re talking to? If there would be no music at the end of the line, you would be wondering what is happening and you would most probably keep on looking at your watch. With the songs playing in your iPad, you can easily pass away the time as you enjoy each songs played. You won’t be bored, especially if you have to wait for a long period of time.

Music to bring back memories. Let’s face it. Once of the most important use of music is its ability to bring back memories of your past. When you hear a particular song played on the radio, you automatically remember a person or an event wherein that song was playing during that time.

Can you imagine life without music? When your neighbor is playing that loud music over and over again, most probably, he’s trying to forget or remember something associated with that song.

04
Apr

wedding danceWeddings are life-changing event. It’s one of the major changes that one chooses to experience in life. As such, you’d want this special day to be full of good memories and you will naturally try to capture it on film and photos. One of the factors that help to set the mood of the wedding is the music. Thus, it is vital that among the important things that you take time to sit down and decide, music should be one of those. So, how do you decide on what’s right for your wedding?

One good thing with the music industry is that, you won’t run out of songs to play. However, you may get overwhelmed with so many choices. What you can do is enumerate the major flow of your wedding program. Then decide on what songs or type of music to play with it. Actually, when you hire people from Scott-Wood Photography, you can ask them for help in picking the right music. Here are some pointers to help you decide:

Entourage March.  Depending on how long your entourage is, you can choose a couple of love songs that you and your groom like. The music’s role in this portion is to dim the noise with people lining up for the entourage and set the mood of the audience.

Bridal March. This is one of the highlights of the wedding ceremony. Though classically, a piano version of the “Wedding March” would be nice, you will not break any rules if you want to walk down the aisle with a different song – one that is special and hold meaning  to the couple.

Exchange of vows. If you have a wedding where a couple of minutes is allocated for a free flowing exchange of promises and vows, this will also require a background music. This is also one of the highlights of the wedding and setting the mood with background music will bring out all the emotions, not only by the bride and groom but the audience as well.

Photo Shoot at the Wedding Venue after the Ceremony. Like the Entourage March, music during this time will be needed to pacify the audience and patiently wait for their turn at the altar with the bride and groom. Some families will maintain the custom of having a photo shoot at the church so you should be ready with a couple of songs for this part. It doesn’t have to be something that is meaningful, but choose something that is relaxing.

Wedding Reception. Most of the time, this is where most of the photos are taken. During the program, wedding photographer Buckinghamshire will catch different moods of your guests, especially when it’s time for the bride and groom to listen to the messages of the well wishers.

Dance of the Couple and Parents. Of course, this will also require some music. This is the time that you will a bit of research. Favorite songs of your parents, the bride and the groom as well as your in-laws can be played alternately with each dance. Music will bring back good old memories as well as set the scene for new good ones.