Izel’s Weekend Jam presents: “How to play the guitar without an actual guitar”


My son loves Red Hot Chili Pepper’s “Otherside” and it was fun to have caught him on camera jamming to the song with his make-believe guitar and his solid rockin’ moves!

Do check out his big finish! 🙂

I guess the love for music does run in the family…enjoy!



Newfound gold: Ellie Goulding

music junkie

For a music junkie like me who has to have the right kind of music otherwise my day would be dull, discovering Spotify and reaping the benefits of even their free version; I would have to say that it is by far the greatest invention after music itself! Ok, we’ll have to include cameras, computers, the internet, mobile phones, vaccines, flying and all other great inventions but other than those Spotify does indeed deserve a spot in that list!

Anyway, it has actually leveled up my initial quest to break out of the mainstream music presented to me and have made me discover more types of music and more artists I never would’ve discovered if I merely listened to the radio or watched television.

For a few days now, I’ve been really caught by one the songs of this artist that I yearned to hear more from her and thanks to Spotify for that because I realized that her music and her voice is just so great to listen to.

So sharing her songs here too.. If you don’t know her yet, here is a little info.

ellie goulding

ellie_goulding_3    Elena JaneEllieGoulding (/ˈɡldɪŋ/; born 30 December 1986)[4] is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her career began when she met record producer Starsmithand Frankmusik, and she was later spotted by Jamie Lillywhite, who later became her manager and A&R. After signing to Polydor Records in July 2009, Goulding released her debut extended play, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding, later that year.[5]

In 2010, she became the second artist to both top the BBC‘s annual Sound of… poll and win the Critics’ Choice Award at the Brit Awards in the same year. Goulding released her debut studio album, Lights, in 2010. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and has sold over 850,000 copies in the UK. Her cover of Elton John’s “Your Song” reached number two in the UK in December 2010 and on 29 April 2011 she performed the song at the wedding reception ofPrince William and Catherine Middleton at Buckingham Palace. The album’s title track, “Lights“, was released in the US in March 2011, and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[6][7]

Goulding’s second studio album, Halcyon, was released in October 2012, “Anything Could Happen” preceded the album as the lead single. Halcyon debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart, and, after 65 weeks, reached number one. Halcyon debuted at number nine on theBillboard 200 Chart, her first top ten debut in the United States. Halcyon Days, a repackaged edition of Halcyon, was released on 23 August 2013, it included new singles including “Burn“, which became her first UK number-one single in the same month. At the 2014 Brit Awards she received the award for British Female Solo Artist.[8] By the end of 2013, she had sold an estimated four million albums and fifteen million singles worldwide.[9]

Now, without further ado, let’s get to her music, shall we? We’ll start off with the song Love me like you do, which was featured in the movie Fifty Shade of Grey. (On a personal side note though, I think the song goes very well with the book but not so with the movie. I had another actor and actress in mind for the roles so the movie didn’t really sit well with me as did the book. That’s just me, ofcourse!)

That’s all for now folks but if you want more of her, do get your own Spotify account – I guarantee you won’t regret it! 😉

Is there an explanation?

summer jam series

I call it the John Lennon Syndrome! 

I could actually win The Singing Bee but will definitely fail the “Name your Colleagues” quiz!

Anybody out there who shares the same symptoms? 😉 Maybe there are others out there too??

Welcome the Summer Vibe!!


You know it’s officially summer when:

1. Your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/etc page is flooded with people on beaches and in swimsuits but you’re in the office slaving over work wishing you were at the beach too! (ouch) 

2. You just can’t get away with only showering once for an entire day!

3. Clothing preference becomes shorter, skimpier and thinner but with more colors!

4. Your electricity bill skyrockets so high that your head is on fire because you have to pay it! 😉

Not all of us can enjoy summer as carefree as students can because we either have work or don’t earn enough to actually splurge on these summer escapades so in lieu of such, here are great songs to give you the summer vibe!

So lounge back on your chair, put up our feet (well, maybe except if you’re in the office) and help yourself to a tall glass of pina colada (or good old cold H2O if you’re in the office) because we’re going beaching right now!! 😉

Stay hot my hotties but don’t burn! 😉 (My summer version of “stay cool but don’t freeze!” hehe) 


Thank God for Music! (my very own quote) ;-)

Music is a free and natural God-given

So, what’s your choice of drug for today?

Mine was Lady Antebellum, Lenka and Evanescence this morning.

And now, I think I am off to some Eagles this afternoon. 🙂

Cheers to the natural high!!!

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


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.


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… 😉



nmed @ 10:18am 06/19/14

(thanks to google search for pictures above)