The Smithsonian Institute gears up to launch its New Harmonies tour to different states including Minnesota. It plans to take the show on the road featuring what they bill as a musical history exhibit. The Tour will be passing through Minnesota, Ohio, Mississippi, New Jersey and North Carolina. The communities in these states are expected to take the lead in hosting the performances and other activities tied up with the exhibit. Continue reading New Harmonies Tour Hits the Road »
Have you ever wondered why most people are inclined to listen to music? Just think about it…who isn’t into music? Whatever type of person you are, regardless of your origin, music will reach you. There’s just something in music that captures our imaginations and makes us feel good.
Based on recent research at McGill University in Canada, music is just like anything that has an impact to the brain, particularly on its pleasure-reward system. Studies suggest that dopamine, a neurotransmitter, is released every time people like the music they are listening to. This explains why it feels pleasurable to hear one of your favorite songs come on. Continue reading I’m on a High, on a High! »
It is natural that you have some favourite songs that you listen to when you work out or exercise. Music can be good for relaxation, but by choosing songs with the proper tempo and beat characteristics, it also makes your heart beat faster and makes your body more willing to undergo the physical stress of exercise. Exercise is pretty much like dancing; who would like to groove without music? The same principle applies when you work out.
If you are a music lover, music is connected to every aspect in your life. You might have a favourite song for whatever activity you’re doing: waking up, cooking song, dropping off to sleep, driving and so on and so forth. If you love exercising and working out, then it just follows that you have a song or two for that as well.
3 “Top 40” Songs for Exercising
- Keri Hilson & Lil Wayne – Turnin Me On
- Hey Monday – Homecoming
- Benny Benassi & Channing – Come Fly Away
These are all relatively new songs with a common characteristic: their upbeat tunes (which is the reason why a lot of people are choosing these songs as their favorites for working out). These songs help them to keep on moving and give them the push and motivation that they needed. But aside from these things, these songs offer something more which will be beneficial for their health.
The biggest advantage of mixing music with your workout is that up-tempo music helps to stimulate cardiovascular activity; if the music is good, it will not only stimulate you to do the workout but it will also stimulate your rate. Your blood circulation will be better and your workout will be more effective, resulting in enhanced weight loss.
For best results, note that the speed of the music should be from 118 to 122 bpm, or Beats Per Minute. Your workout playlist should also be designed to accommodate a full workout, starting slowly and allowing your body to adjust and adapt to the activity before increasing in intensity. After a warm-up period, the beat will increase and encourage quicker movements. After the workout is complete, the music should slow down again for a cool-down period to allow the body to relax.
Music has a lot of uses in our lives. We can listen to music if we want to relax. If a person wants to be energized and to be encouraged to keep on moving, music can be used as a cardiovascular stimulant. It helps when the gym that you are a member of always has good music playing in the background…if not, fire up your iPod Touch or iPhone and use 977music’s app to play your workout music. Your mood will immediately be set. Adding music to an otherwise tiresome activity of working out and exercising will make a more worthwhile experience…it might even become fun.
Burned out from work? Are you looking for a way to relax, clear out your mind and escape for a while? If the answer to both these questions is yes, then it is about time to open your browser start streaming some music. It does not require you to leave your work station or take any drastic measures, but it will definitely give you the relaxation and break that you badly need.
If you have not yet discovered the joys of music streaming, then you are missing almost half of your life. Since you can do it online, it can be done anywhere as long as you have a computer and an Internet connection. Will you be able to do it at work? The answer is definitely yes.
There are a lot of reasons why you should stream music. But there are three reasons why you should stream music at work.
It relaxes you.
We all know that music has a way of relaxing you. So, if you are really stressed out from work, then you need to listen to music. Since it relaxes you, it frees you from stress as well. You might now be thinking how you will be able to do that at work. You do not have to be a gadget freak, your cellular phone does not have to be high end and you do not need to have an iPod. All you have to do is make use of your available resources. You have your computer and that will probably have an Internet connection. Just open up a search engine and look for sites which offer streaming. Go to that website and you can now listen to music while at work. 977music.com’s streaming stations are a great place hear whatever type of music you like; simply click on a station in the Stations list in the right column to get started!
It offers you the escape that you need.
Once you found the station which has your brand of music, all you have to do is listen. Music isolates you from the activity around you and allows you to concentrate fully on whatever you’re doing without being distracted by the antics of your co-workers. On the other hand, if whatever you’re doing is boring you to death and you need a break, you can close your eyes for a bit and think of a place that you would rather be at that moment. You can be at the beach, at a coffee shop or in your own room. You can be anywhere as long as you use your imagination. Music with the help of your imagination can transport you anywhere. You are still within the confines of your work station but your mind is already somewhere else. The fun part about it is that no one will ever know.
It is free.
Listening to streaming music online is available to anyone with a computer and an Internet connection. If you find that you don’t like the mix of music on any pre-made stations, you can create a personalized playlist that will allow you to choose the songs you want to hear and play them anytime. The best thing about all of this is that you do not have to pay for anything.
These are just some of the reasons why you should stream music while at work – no doubt you will discover more as you enjoy listening to music while you work.
Smooth jazz may have many derivatives but in general it gets its name due to its down tempo. This along with a layering lead that includes a melody-playing instrument, which typically consists of saxophones or guitars, over a backdrop such as programmed rhythms and various pads and/or samples. While this simply sounds like elevator music, smooth jazz also contains formats that have vocals and tracks from the work of artists like Simply Red or Luther Vandross, who are normally considered “soul” or “R&B”.
What differentiates smooth jazz from soul is that the music must be mellow and soft. Professionals state that there should be no disturbances on the surface, no undercurrents, nothing challenging or obtrusive in the sound. Smooth jazz stemmed out of a decision to use music to create an instrumental based format that would take the place of music of the 70s and early 80s, which had provided background music for office and business environments.
Smooth jazz was brought to the forefront of the music industry by soprano saxophone players like Grover Washington, Jr., Wayne Shorter and Nathan Davis. Wes Montgomery and Grant Green influenced the industry as well with a mellow flavor of electric guitar. Jazz-fusion ensembles such as Spyro Gyra and Bob James’ Fourplay were important in the development of the genre as well.
Most can recognize groups identified as smooth jazz within a few measures as there is a melodic tempo to its sound. Popular smooth jazz artists of today include saxophonists Kenny G, David Sanborn and Art Porter, Jr.; guitarists George Benson, Marc Antoine, and Peter White; and pianists Joe Sample, David Benoit, and Bradley Joseph. As for groups, these include; Fourplay, Pieces of a Dream, Acoustic Alchemy, and The Rippingtons. On the female performers side there is Keiko Matsui, Joyce Cooling, Mindi Abair, Candy Dulfer, Sade, Brenda Russell, Pamela Williams, Regina Belle, and Anita Baker.
Smooth jazz remained successful until 2007 when it began to show signs of waning. Music industry insiders felt smooth jazz was dying out and began pulling out of the genre. However, those in the industry say that smooth jazz concerts and record sales continue to show strong fan support.
Despite the commercial decline in the popularity of smooth jazz, many prominent stations around the United States are still playing it. Why has the popularity of smooth jazz faded? Many say it is due to a handful of factors that include a lack of compelling new music, over-reliance on instrumental cover versions of pop songs similar to the old fashioned ‘elevator music’ style, lack of revenue and the genre not being viable during the current economic crisis. Many purists of the format also feel that the smooth jazz interpretation has strayed too far from its roots in contemporary jazz and new age music by over-relying on soft urban vocals
Will smooth jazz have a place in the future? It could all depend on how creative the artists become and basically, where people’s tastes lie as time goes by.
Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.