Doctor’s Prescription (Rx): a dose of music for a healthier life

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I have a daily newsletter subscription from Web MD and when I opened my mail today, interestingly I found this really cool quiz about the health benefits of music. So of course I took it and got all answers correctly except for one (which I would’ve gotten if I hadn’t changed my mind on the answer). Yey!!! Just proves I am a music genius! Hahaha…. (I can dream, can’t I?)

The link to the quiz is below but I am sharing the quiz answers (because I can and I am a party pooper, hehe) so it is easier to digest rather than actually taking the quiz.

http://www.webmd.com/balance/rm-quiz-health-benefits-music?ecd=wnl_wmh_061814&ctr=wnl-wmh-061814_ld-stry&mb=sdHQHpUH%2fVrtPvPA%40lLjdmdEpmNqbUHLU5zKFPAEEtI%3d

So what are the health benefits of music?

Here are Web MDs answers:

Music Trivia # 1: Do you know what an earworm is?

No, not the literal one, thank goodness!

An earworm is a song that lodges itself in your brain. People who say music is important to them have a harder time getting rid of earworms. Next time you can’t get a song off your mind, just know that it will go away. That works better than trying to trying to block it out.

This made me realize, my ear is full of earworms… yikes.. if this were to be literal, I’d die!!

Music Trivia # 2: Do you think those piano lessons you took when you were a kid are helping you now?

Apparently, it does!

Playing a musical instrument trains the brain. The effects can last long after you quit. College students who had music lessons as children were better able to pick out pitch and other key elements of sound than those who hadn’t.  That was the case even if the music lessons had ended years earlier.

Music Trivia # 3: Do people who are “tone deaf” or are unable to carry a tune, usually have hearing problems?

Not all.

About 1 in 50 people are “tone deaf.” Their hearing is fine, but they don’t notice when someone hits the wrong musical note. It may be inherited.

I am so thankful I am one of the 49 who aren’t – otherwise, that would be a total bummer.

Music Trivia #4: Do faster –paced music make you work out harder?

If you guessed yes, then you are right!

There’s a good reason for choosing an upbeat song over a moody ballad when you exercise. In one study, men cycled harder and quicker, and enjoyed it more, when listening to faster music.

Music Trivia #5: Do you think feel good music is good for your heart?

And the answer is a hearty YES! (Ofcourse I had to use the word hearty, duh!!)

Your favorite songs don’t just make you tap your feet or boost your mood; they might also be good for your heart. Researchers at the University of Maryland found that when people listened to music that made them feel good, they had better blood flow, which is good for your heart and blood vessels.

Music Trivia #6: Music can help during stroke recovery?

Aha!  And you thought I was just imagining all this music therapy thing, right? (I guess I should start adding PhD in Music after my last name on every paper I write my name on, ey?)

After a stroke, people who listened daily to their favorite music remembered more, could focus better, and were less depressed and confused than those who hadn’t, one study shows.The reason  isn’t clear, but one possibility is that listening to music involves several parts of the brain.

Music Trivia #7: If you have speech problems from Parkinson’s disease, music therapy may help with?

(I swear, the article really did say “music therapy”) And apparently, it even helps with Parkinson’s disease too!

If you have Parkinson’s disease, you may have slurred or unclear speech because of breathing problems or trouble moving your mouth or tongue. Through music therapy, you can learn how to “sing” words and hold single syllables to get better breath support. If you focus on the rhythm of a piece of music, it might help you walk or move better. Music can also slow down your body when it’s overactive.

Music Trivia #8: Kids who play an instrument or sing often are more likely to?

This is the part I got incorrectly as I was assuming the answer would be very health-related but hey, I like the correct answer better too especially because I have a little musiCOOLogist at home! 😉 You may refer to my previous post.

You may tire of hearing your child sing the Sesame Street song or play drums, but it may be worth it in the long run. Music builds reasoning skills and helps children learn and remember. Children who regularly play an instrument or sing are more likely to go to college, and to do well in math, science, and reading.   

Now that you know there are multiple health benefits from listening to music, why not join in me in musiCOOLogy 101 classes and be happier and healthier!!! Just as the doctor prescribed… 😉

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nmed @ 10:18am 06/19/14

(thanks to google search for pictures above)

The best songs in the world according to my 2-year-old

I’m blessed with a very smart and musically-inclined son. Ever since he was born, he always had the affinity for music, which I think he might have gotten from both me and hubby – me being the singer and my hubby the guitar man.

As early as now, he could already carry a tune and can sing a lot of different songs. He has also begun to show his preference for a LOT of things, including music and the movie shows he likes to see. He likes to dance to PSY’s songs (but then, who doesn’t, right?), belch out to the songs of Frozen (but then again, who doesn’t?) and tap his toes to the instrumental parts of songs. He also sings Titanium and Girl On Fire among a host of other songs either heard on the radio, on television or on movies he watches on DVDs.

And because, I can never argue with a 2-year old who wants me to sing his favored songs, this page of my blog will be graced with (drumroll here) —- (tada!)  the world’s best songs according to my 2-year-old son, Izel Kaleb.

 

First off, one of the most famous songs for children and even adults – Twinkle twinkle little star

 

This cool song is from the show Veggie Tales – Pizza Angel

(he always giggles during the part where the delivery guy tells the cucumber that he ate the pizza)

 

Vispop entry – Balay ni Mayang

(I think this bit is probably influenced by my taste because I do love singing this song even if I don’t know the lyrics very well – he even sighs at the end of the song, just like the singers in the song)

 

Wheels on the bus

(this never gets sung without the usual actions of wheels turning, wipers swishing and babies crying)

 

From the ever-famous Disney movie Frozen – Frozen Heart

(take note if he sings this song and makes you sing along with him, you have to have props, the dialogue and with actions – he also asked us to rewind and go back to the same song on the DVD multiple times in a day on a daily basis for I dunno how long. He loves this song more than any other song in the movie..)

 

From Hoopla kidz – Five little monkeys

(I have a 20-song collection of nursery rhymes on my phone and he asks to play this part of the video over and over again and over again – it makes me wonder how many more monkeys can actually jump and fall off beds…)

 

He doesn’t have a Wikipedia article, but here is a picture of my 2-year-old musiCOOLogist:

(the picture is a product of bad camera settings but I think it looks cool and surreal…)

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Beating the Monday Blues with Evanescence

 Whoever coined the term “Monday Blues” surely knew what he was talking about. And today is one of those for me.

 Today just seems groggy and boring.. even the book I have fervently been reading for the last how many days seemed a little less interesting.

 Unfortunately, my little sore throat which I thought had left last week is back with a vengeance directed at me, now capturing both lymph nodes of my throat and making my tonsils just a little read and swollen. I can still eat though, by ignoring the pain when swallowing.

 I tried to search for some inspiration from the songs of U2 and Josh Groban but none of the two were quite apt and then I did a search for Evanescence and it is but perfect for today! In fact, now that I think of if, none of the music I played today and listened through with my headset (70’s, 80’s Altenative, inspirational, etc.) were as engulfing as that of Evanescence and so their music will fill my blog space today to keep me company on such a blue Monday.

 Starting with one my favorites, “My Immortal”

 

“Call me when you’re sober”

 

My videoke favorite, “Bring me to life” (It just sucks that I can’t sing with her now with this pain on my throat that has kept me quiet since this morning)

 

“Going under”

 

“Hello”

 

“Everybody’s fool”

 

“Lithium”

 

“Sweet sacrifice”

 

“My last breath”

 

Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little RockArkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.[1][3] After recording independent albums, the band released their first full-length album, Fallen, onWind-up Records in 2003. Fallen sold more than 17 million copies worldwide[4]and helped the band win two Grammy Awards and seven nominations, as well as scoring No. 6 in CBS’s “Top Bestselling Albums of the Last 10 Years” (2008).[5] A year later, Evanescence released their first live album, Anywhere but Home, which sold more than one million copies worldwide. In 2006, the band released their second studio album, The Open Door, which sold more than five million copies.[4]

The line-up of the group has changed several times: David Hodges leaving in 2002, co-founder Moody left in 2003 (mid-tour), bassist Will Boyd in 2006, followed by guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray in 2007. The last two changes led to a hiatus, with temporary band members contributing to tour performances. Billboard ranked Evanescence No. 71 on the Best Artists of the Decade chart.[6]

Announced in June 2009, the newest line-up of the band eventually returned with Evanescence, their self-titled third studio album, released on October 11, 2011. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 127,000 copies in sales.[7] The album also debuted at No. 1 on four other different Billboardcharts; the Rock Albums, Digital Albums, Alternative Albums, and the Hard Rock Albums charts. The first single, “What You Want“, was released on August 9, 2011. The second single, “My Heart Is Broken“, was sent to radio stations in October 31, 2011. The band spent 2012 on tour in promotion of their new album with other bands including The Pretty Reckless and Fair to Midland.

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 nmed 06/09/14 @ 2:53pm

Kick and scream with Pink

I’m in a kickin’-screamin’-rebellious mood today… after a few days of being under the weather, I feel vengeful to finally have my health back (plus the little unrest in the home turf is making me just a little fired-up) and who better to accompany me in this feisty mood than the kickin’-screamin’-no–holds–barred Pink!

And so we start this butt-kickin’ session with a very apt song titled “So what?”

Another one from here, something I wouldn’t want to be one either “Stupid girl”

Let’s get all fired up even more with “Trouble”

 

One of my faves, “Just like a pill”

 

“Don’t let me get me”

 

“Perfect”

 

“There you go”

 

“Who knew”

 

“Most girls”

 

“Raise your glass”

 

Let’s kiss this week goodbye and head for the weekend with “Get the party started”

Ofcourse this post will not be complete without a Wikipedia description of Pink and her picture:

Alecia Beth Moore Hart (born September 8, 1979), better known by her stage name Pink (stylized as P!nk), is an American singer-songwriter, actress and model. Originally a member of the girl group Choice, she began her solo career with the 2000 single “There You Go“, which was also included on her debut album, Can’t Take Me Home, released later that year. The R&B album went on to be certified double-platinum in the United States. She gained further recognition upon collaborating with Lil’ KimChristina Aguilera and Mýa for a cover of “Lady Marmalade” for the 2001 Moulin Rouge! soundtrack. That cover earned Pink her first Grammy Award (for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals) as well as her first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100.

Although she originally faced opposition from her record label, Pink aimed to make her second album more personal and more pop rock-oriented. The product, 2001’s Missundaztood, proved to be her most successful album to date, with sales in excess of 12 million copies. The album’s biggest singles, “Get the Party Started“, “Don’t Let Me Get Me“, and “Just Like a Pill“, all charted in the top ten in the US and the UK, with the latter becoming her first UK-number one. In November 2003, Pink released her third album, Try This, preceded by the single “Trouble“. Although not her most successful album, Try This earned Pink her first solo Grammy Award, for best female rock vocal performance.

After a short hiatus, her fourth studio album, I’m Not Dead, was released in April 2006. With the help of successful singles “Stupid Girls“, “Who Knew“, and “U + Ur Hand“, I’m Not Dead marked a revival in Pink’s popularity, both in the US and worldwide. Pink’s fifth album, Funhouse, was released in late 2008 and was preceded by her first solo number one on the Billboard Hot 100, “So What“. The album was certified double-platinum in the US and prompted Pink to go on the record-breaking Funhouse Tour. Her first compilation album,Greatest Hits… So Far!!!, was released in November 2010 and produced two chart-topping singles, “Raise Your Glass” and “Fuckin’ Perfect“. Her latest album, The Truth About Love, was released in 2012 and became her first number one album in the United States. The album’s three singles, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)“, “Try“, and “Just Give Me a Reason“, all reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, with “Just Give Me a Reason” becoming her 4th number-one single.[3]

Pink has become one of the most successful artists of her generation, having sold over 45 million albums, including nearly 16 million in the United States,[4] and 65 million singles worldwide as of 2014.[5] Her career accolades include three Grammy Awards, a Brit Award, and six MTV Video Music Awards. Additionally, Pink has had 19 top-twenty hits on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2009, Billboard magazine named Pink the #1 pop musician of the decade,[6] in 2012 VH1 named Pink #10 on their list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music, and in 2013 Billboard named Moore the Woman of the Year.[7][8]

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nmed 06/06/14 @ 1:03pm

Michael Bublé: my music therapy

I feel just under the weather today with my dysmenorrhea (sorry Too Much Information) and swollen tonsils so I’m going for something sentimental and sensual.

I feel like just lying on my bed and sleeping but it’s a luxury I cannot afford since I am at work so I’m going for the next best thing…

MUSIC THERAPY: courtesy of spine-tingling singer Michael Bublé. I’m sure after a few minutes of bathing into his sensual music (which is equivalent to a massage), I’ll be just a little ok and can get through another grueling 4 hours at work.

We’ll start with the ever nostalgic song entitled “Home”

 Next is his rendition of a classic “The way you look tonight”

 Another nice one from his is “Close your eyes” (something I really want to do right now…)

 Let’s do an upbeat one, shall we with “It’s a beautiful day” (I should be taking his advise on this one…)

 Here is another less-sentimental one, “Everything”

 It’s just so hard to get enough of him, here is “Haven’t met you yet”

 And to end my list today is his sexy rendition of “Save the last dance for me”

Wow, I feel a whole lot rejuvenated! Plus I did take some meds but am sure the music therapy helped all the more.

Thanks for sharing this music therapy with me and hope you had your fill of Michael Bublé like I did.

 Hold on, here is the Wikipedia background on Michael Bublé:

 Michael Steven Bublé (/ˈbbl/; born 9 September 1975) is aCanadian[2][3][4] vocalist, songwriter and actor. He has won several awards, including four Grammy Awards[5][6] and multiple Juno Awards.[7] His first album reached the top ten in Canada and the UK. He found a worldwide audience with his 2005 album It’s Time, and his 2007 album Call Me Irresponsible which reached number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, the UK Albums Chart, the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart, the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and several European charts.

Bublé’s 2009 album Crazy Love debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard200 after three days of sales, and remained there for two weeks. It was also his fourth number one album on Billboard‘s Top Jazz Albums chart. His 2011 holiday album, titled Christmas, was in first place on the Billboard 200 for the final four weeks of 2011 and the first week of 2012, totaling five weeks atop the chart, it also made the Top 5 in the United Kingdom. With this, Christmas became his third-consecutive number-one album on the chart.

His latest album, To Be Loved, was a big success. Released in April 2013, it was preceded by the release of the lead single and original composition “It’s a Beautiful Day”. “Close Your Eyes” followed, and “After All” featuring Bryan Adams was performed by him as a UK exclusive and posted on YouTube. The single came out in late September 2013.

 And of course, his picture: (now, who could resist some music therapy with him, right?)

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 nmed 06/05/14 @ 1:20pm

Beatlemania: The Beatles lives on!

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I have a very eclectic taste in everything, and this shows all the more in my taste for music. I fuel my mp3 players (yes, that is not a typo, to be someone who appreciates music such as me, 1 is just not enough) with pretty much anything from anyone and from different eras even.

One of my most favorite old-timers is THE BEATLES. But then, who doesn’t love them? (More appropriate question might be, who doesn’t go crazy over them??) They are a music institution and they are literally timeless.

I am trying to establish some type of format on my posts so I am also going to add a Wikipedia description of them, albeit not really necessary because of course, WHO doesn’t know The Beatles, right???!!! Anyway…

Background on The Beatles   (I mean, really, whoever does not know The Beatles does NOT know anything about music at all! Yeah, sorry but really?! hehe)

The Beatles were an English rock band that formed in Liverpool, in 1960. WithJohn LennonPaul McCartneyGeorge Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the greatest and most influential act of the rock era.[1]Rooted in skifflebeat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several genres, ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as “Beatlemania“, but as their songwriting grew in sophistication they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era’s sociocultural revolutions.

From 1960, the Beatles built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period. Manager Brian Epstein moulded them into a professional act and producer George Martin enhanced their musical potential. They gained popularity in the United Kingdom after their first hit, “Love Me Do“, in late 1962. They acquired the nickname “the Fab Four” as Beatlemania grew in Britain over the following year, and by early 1964 they had become international stars, leading the “British Invasion” of the United States pop market. From 1965 onwards, the Beatles produced what many critics consider their finest material, including the innovative and widely influential albums Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles (commonly known as the White Album, 1968) and Abbey Road (1969). After their break-up in 1970, they each enjoyed successful musical careers. Lennon was shot and killed in December 1980, and Harrison died of lung cancer in November 2001. McCartney and Starr, the surviving members, remain musically active.

According to the RIAA, the Beatles are the best-selling band in the United States, with 177 million certified units. They have had more number-one albums on the British charts and sold more singles in the UK than any other act. In 2008, the group topped Billboard magazine’s list of the all-time most successful “Hot 100” artists; as of 2014, they hold the record for most number-one hits on the Hot 100 chart with twenty. They have received ten Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for Best Original Score and fifteen Ivor Novello Awards. Collectively included in Time magazine’s compilation of the twentieth century’s 100 most influential people, they are the best-selling band in history, with estimated sales of over 600 million records worldwide.[2][3] In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the Beatles as the greatest artist of all time.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s really have fun and listen to… (drum roll please…)

Let’s give it up for John LennonPaul McCartneyGeorge Harrison and Ringo Starr – – – THE BEATLES!  Woooohow!!!

 

Here’s a little luvin’ from the fellas!

 

Let’s do some rockin’, Beatles style! Shall we?

 

And since nothing lasts forever, here is their last song for today…

 

That most definitely deserves a standing ovation!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now to get some autograph… hold on, wait, it’s 2014..grrr… I didn’t make it in time. Oh well, thankfully there is google and someone else got their autographs for me. Thanks man (or woman)!

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You have just heard and witnessed one of the best in music (and for free)… thanks for sticking around and please join me in shouting “Beatles forever!!!!!!!!!” 😉

Nmed 06/02/14 @1:57pm