Show #114 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Shugo Tokumaru

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?


1. Wynton Marsalis – In the House of Laberriere
2. Lenny Breau – No Greater Love
3. John Coltrane – A Love Supreme: Part One – Acknowledgement
4. Feist – Gatekeeper
5. Shugo Tokumaru – Yukinohaka
6. Neko Case – Vengeance Is Sleeping
7. The Notwist – Solitare
8. eightcubed – The Big Chili
9. Spyro Gyra – Wind Warriors

10. Justice – Valentine
11. MSTRKRFT feat. Lil’ Mo – It Ain’t Love
12. The Bad Plus – Long Distance Runaround
13. No Name Jazz Sextet – Gondola Trip
14. Amelia Curran – Ah, Me
15. Medeski, Martin & Wood – Rise Up
16. David Myles – Out Of Love
17. Jeffery Straker – Sad Song
18. The Cat Empire – No Longer There

3 thoughts on “Show #114 (I think) Playlist, etc.

  1. Pingback: What Planet Is This?! Show #114 (I think) | CJTR Regina Community Radio Blog

  2. We were talking about this the other night. I can’t remember exactly what I said, but essentially, it was that I do believe that music does indeed affect quality of life. I used the example of music therapy. Alzheimer patients, who cannot remember their own child’s face, can be moved to remember things by music. A familiar tune that they had heard in their childhood. I remember going to the Saskatchewan Music Conference in Saskatoon a few years ago, and there was a man there from Swift Current who was a music therapist. He told us a story of a woman who hadn’t spoken in years. She had Alzheimer’s pretty bad. Her children had given up hope that she would ever talk again, let alone show any signs of recognition as to who they were or any of her surroundings. This man came into the home where she was living and sang older songs that she would have recognized as a youth, or just songs that everyone knows like My Darling Clementine. After awhile she began to sing a long with the music. Her memory could trigger some recognition all because of a song she sang or heard when she was younger.

    I suppose in a way music can be seen as a soundtrack in your life. There is music playing in restaurants, in shopping malls, in gas stations, etc. (Not that it’s always quality music, but that’s another story) I think music is also quite accessible now so there will always be songs that trigger memories of things that happened in your life. Not always will it be happy memories, but I think that like the woman in the story, it is possible to have a memory triggered because of a song.


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