Tag Archive for music

Escape into an Elevator

I’m not a fan of elevator music, but I may become one. I thought it was my imagination that the car next to me, stations being shuffled, or just wandering by people with headphones screaming were all tuned into the same music somehow, even though it was many different genres. Nope, according to the Journal of Popular Music. They studied the lyrics of over 6000 songs from the Billboard Top 100 (500 songs) for the last 60 years, through 2016. What they found was that lyrics have become less happy and joyful and increasingly more filled with disgust, anger, sadness, and fear.

Most of us listen to music for entertainment, not to produce ill feelings.

In our current world, where politicians lie and call each other names, where leaders manipulate our beliefs, where brother is purposely turned against brother–show me to the nearest elevator!

Amazing “Strides” for Parkinsons Sufferers

This is amazing–a word I don’t use very often.  Watch how music can transform the burden of walking for a person with Parkinson’s Disease into a pleasurable experience.  The human mind is, well…AMAZING!


Your Music = Your Personality

I ran across an interesting study indicating that the music you listen to reflects your personality. Adrian North, a UK professor, carried out his research with 360,000 people in 60+ countries and looked at a large variety of music styles. Here are his conclusions:

Blues fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease
Jazz fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing and at ease
Classical music fans have high self-esteem, are creative, introvert and at ease
Rap fans have high self-esteem and are outgoing
Opera fans have high self-esteem, are creative and gentle
Country and western fans are hardworking and outgoing
Reggae fans have high self-esteem, are creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle and at ease
Dance fans are creative and outgoing but not gentle
Indie fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard working, and not gentle
Bollywood fans are creative and outgoing
Rock/heavy metal fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, and at ease
Chart pop fans have high self-esteem, are hardworking, outgoing and gentle, but are not creative and not at ease
Soul fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle, and at ease


I just thought this was an interesting tidbit to pass on to you. For more details, read Preferred Music Style Is Tied to Personality. Before clicking on that link, though, be sure to put on those headphones and rev up your tunes.



Queen vs. Donald Trump

Queen IS not  happy with The Donald.  That’s because his campaign continues to use “We Are the Champions” as its theme song despite repeated demands from the group to stop. Their reason is that it’s their long-standing policy not to allow what they call “Queen music” to be used as part of anyone’s campaign.

Yesterday Queen tweeted this:

An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes – Queen

They haven’t decided what to do about the situation. However, I can see the headlines now if Trump becomes President–QUEEN SUES U.S. PRESIDENT IN INTERNATIONAL COURT OVER CHOICE OF MUSIC.
Okay, so it isn’t THE Queen, but it makes for good tabloid news.


Continuing the Family Theme….

This Thursday Thought is particularly true to me right now, during the yearly visit of part of our New Jersey family.



Hope for People with Alzheimer’s

Although teenage music may drive you up a tree, if you have Alzheimer’s–even late stage–the right music can do wonders for you.  It can stimulate your memory, make you active or quiet you down, redirect your attention when you become agitated, and lead you to situations in which you feel comfortable with the human touch.

Read the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s fascinating article, Education and Care/Music.  It gives hope to anyone who has a loved one suffering from not only Alzheimer’s but any form of dementia.


A Bob Marley Gem

There’s more to Bob Marley than his music. Think about what he says in today’s Thoughtful Thursday quote:

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”