His Master's Voice, by Francis Barraud
What are you doing from 4:00 to 6:00 PM today?
Come relax and listen to some good music with me. On the last Wednesday of every month, I play two hours of great music on vinyl record.
Don’t forget to come back here during the show for a playlist.
Sometimes, all you need in life is a good song.
I’ve been coughing up a lung and feeling sorry for myself for the last few days. I hate being sick, but as long as I can listen to a John Coltrane album here, a Sarah Harmer album there, and maybe a few guilty pleasures in the middle; life is good.
Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 for some feeling-good-musical-delights and don’t forget to check this page for a playlist during the show.
One question: Does music affect quality of life
I know people who spend an average of 0 (zero) minutes listening to music each week. To someone like me who spends, say… 50 – 60 hours listening to music each week, this seems unfathomable, but indeed it happens.
This got me thinking: how the hell do these people live?
I think music deeply affects the quality of life. I’d even go so far as to say it can change the course of a person’s life, easily. Yet there are people who seem to live normal lives without recorded or live-performance music in their lives.
What say you?
Does music affect the quality of life?
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So many greats are gone – some long gone: Trane, Louis, Ella, Ellington, James Brown, Miles. Not just in music, but other intellectuals: da Vinci, Poe, Socrates… Obviously, the list could go on endlessly. We all know that no one is around forever.
What sets some apart, though, is their contribution to the world. All of the names I’ve mentioned above continue to be remembered and their work retold or glorified dozens, hundreds or even thousands of years later.
Why is it still so enjoyable? What makes it continue to be so important? Surely the life experience of someone who lived in Greece more than 400 years BC (Socrates), could not effect the present day person. Could it? Today, we are given more information by the time we reach age 18 than some of our grandparents attain in their entire lives. This makes us no smarter (and that’s too often plain to see) but it seems to make it all the more amazing that great artists and thinkers of generations passed could have been so knowledgeable. Or perhaps its inspiration – that intangible thing that drives one to create.
With all of the great artists (I deliberately use that word) who have tread the Earth, it’s surely impossible to learn of them all, but some of them stand out immeasurably.
Have you ever fantasized what it would be like to have a cappuccino with Leonardo da Vinci? Just the opportunity to hear him speak would have been overwhelming. What if you could go for a beer with Duke Ellington? The stories he would be able to tell…
So I ask you that question that one so often ponders in admiration or curiosity (although imposing some of my own parameters upon it):
If you could have a conversation with any one [now dead] artist (musician/writer/painter/poet/philosopher/dancer/etc.), whom would it be?
All the world is sound. All sound is music. All music is life. The ancients knew it. Great thinkers have known it: artists, scientist, philosophers…
Throughout the ages, it has been shown that music has no only vast mental and spiritual impact, but also direct physical consequences. The ancients knew it by experiencing it. Modern thinkers know it by proving it to themselves. Music used powerfully enough can heal or make sick. It can create and destroy. This is not theory and magic. Music has been used to heal for generations, throughout the world’s cultures. An example of destructive music might be the murder of well-known metal guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell.
Also notible is the fact that everything vibrates. There’s no shortage of research and proof of this. This means that everything we do affects every other thing – some things more than others. Some things also happen to resonate with each other better than others. I think people may generally be less aware of this than they could be. Imagine; if every person in the world knew that everything effects everything – that all is one. What a different world this would be.
Music, as with life, is just what we make of it.
With this in mind, tune in from 4:00 to 6:00, mostly for music. 😀