Music: The part of your brain that will never get lost to Alzheimers

Some music inspires you to move your feet, some inspires you to get out there and change the world. In any case, and to move hurriedly on to the point of this article, it’s fair to say that music moves people in special ways. 

If you’re especially into a piece of music, your brain does something called Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR), which feels to you like a tingling in your brain or scalp. It’s nature’s own little “buzz”, a natural reward, that is described by some as a “head orgasm”. Some even think that it explains why people go to church, for example, “feeling the Lord move through you”, but that’s another article for another time. 

Turns out that ASMR is pretty special. According to a recently published study in The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease (catchy name!), the part of your brain responsible for ASMR doesn’t get lost to Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s tends to put people into layers of confusion, and the study confirms that music can sometimes actually lift people out of the Alzheimer’s haze and bring them back to (at least a semblance of) normality… if only for a short while. ASMR is powerful stuff! 

This phenomenon has been observed several times but rarely studied properly. One of the most famous examples of this is the story of Henry, who comes out of dementia while listening to songs from his youth:  

Jeff Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in Radiology at the Univerity of Utah Health and contributing author on the study, says  “In our society, the diagnoses of dementia are snowballing and are taxing resources to the max. No one says playing music will be a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but it might make the symptoms more manageable, decrease the cost of care and improve a patient’s quality of life.”

Baby, It’s Cold Outside pulled from some Canadian radio stations | CBC News

Baby, It’s Cold Outside pulled from some Canadian radio stations

Baby, It’s Cold Outside is getting a chilly response from Canadian radio stations after at least three big radio operators say they’ve decided to pull the controversial holiday favourite out of their rotations this year.

Bell Media, Rogers and CBC are pulling the song commonly played during the holidays

Baby, It’s Cold Outside is getting a chilly response from Canadian radio stations.

At least three of the country’s biggest radio operators — Bell Media, Rogers and CBC — say they’ve decided to pull the controversial holiday favourite out of their rotations this year.

That comes as the duet, written back in 1944, faces renewed scrutiny over what some say are inappropriate lyrics in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Earlier this week, Cleveland radio station WDOK-FM announced it stopped playing the song in response to listener feedback. Some took issue over lyrics where one singer is trying to persuade the other to stay inside, with exchanges that include, “What’s in this drink?” and “Baby, don’t hold out.”

Bell Media spokesperson Scott Henderson said the company, which runs two 24-hour Christmas stations in Vancouver and Ottawa, didn’t include the Christmas tune on its playlists this year. But it also told stations it doesn’t plan to reintroduce the song in the future.

CBC public affairs head Chuck Thompson said, “CBC Music will be pulling the song from its rotation as of midnight and has no plans to play it going forward.”

Rogers runs a number of all-Christmas music stations, including 98.1 CHFI-FM in Toronto and 98.5 6.7 CIOC-FM in Victoria.

With files from CBC News

Scottish And Indian Music Collide When Female Bagpiper Creates New Sound – Mystical Raven

It’s not every day that you come across a bagpiper who blows your mind with the cover of the ‘Party Dance’ from Titanic; especially if it’s a girl. But then, again, Archy J is not your average musician. Hailing from Delhi, The Snake Charmer—that’s her stage name—has a way with music. Her instrument of choice—Bagpipes! “I have never wanted anything as bad as wanting to learn the bagpipes,” she confesses.

Archy who was earlier the lead vocalist for Rogue Saints, a rock/metal band based out of the capital, left the band, then quit her well-paying job to travel all the way to Scotland to learn the instrument. “I knew it would be worth it; something in me was always positive that this was going to work,” she says. “I went to Scotland for 10 days, five days out of which was heavy tutoring so as to make the most of my time there. It wasn’t enough time. But whatever I learnt back there is what you see in my videos and in my live acts.”

I saw Archy for the first time, back in 2012 at an up-and-coming café in Gurgaon. She was one of the three female performing artists for the evening. I heard her rendition of Adele’s then cult song, ‘Someone Like You’, and thought to myself how intimidating, yet beautiful she sounded. She was a regular at gigs and a natural crowd-puller, even then. Today, she is a charmer, quite literally. One look at Archy swooning to the music of her bagpipes, in her red tartan skirt and you’re hooked!

“True, it’s a very unlikely instrument here, in India. But when I came across how a Swiss folk metal band, called Eluveitie had used the bagpipes in such a different dimension, incorporating it into a completely new set up that I had never heard before, that was my ‘gotta wanna’ moment and I knew this is what I wanted to do, to be.”

David and Tamela Mann release R&B album offering Christian couples clean music to ‘make love’ to

David and Tamela Mann release R&B album offering Christian couples clean music to ‘make love’ to

Grammy Award-winning gospel artist and actress Tamela Mann teamed up with her husband, NAACP Image Award-winning actor and comedian David Mann to release an album for believers who want to enjoy intimacy without tasteless lyrics.

Titled Us Against the World, the album is a departure from Tamela’s staple gospel sound and celebrates their 30-year union using R&B grooves.  

“It was different for me, it was really different, even though I was happy to think about the man that I love [while singing],” Tamela told The Christian Post. “It made me even look at him differently, and in all honesty, we tested it out and it really worked.”

“It’s making baby music,” David interjected about the album.

Produced by the couple and their son, David Mann, Jr., Tamela said her 30-year-old son pegged the album, “back in the day” music. They were so happy to be able to provide a project like this for the body of Christ.

“Even though you knew we were talking about love, it wasn’t nasty love music,” Tamela explained.

Their first single, “Good Love,” highlights the couple’s soulful harmonies and kicks off the 10-song musical collaboration. “Us Against the World” candidly chronicles the defining moments of David and Tamela’s long relationship.

“It’s about music to make love, not to have sex,” David told CP. “This album was one that we wanted to give to our people because when you’re having those intimate moments, you know we listening to something.”

He joked that people are probably listening to “ R-Kelly or Ron Isley” when trying to get romantic. However, their music is coming from a different place. “You know what we represent, or who we represent. You know that our love for each other is 30 years strong and growing. So we wanted to make music that people can have those intimate moments with and not listen and be like, ‘girl, let me slap you, bump you, pop you.’ All of that stuff.”

The album is based on the couple’s new memoir, Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family. The couple just finished touring for the record.

For more information on the book or the album, visit the website.

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