September 30, 2015
Byron Janis pens a personal account of the power of music in the Wall Street Journal, How Music Soothes the Troubled Soul.
What an extraordinary gift music has given us besides its beauty. It has a scientifically proven ability to help heal both physical and psychological problems. Listening to your favorite music does help, but playing an instrument has a greater success. Playing well or badly doesn’t matter; just using one finger to plunk out a tune is sufficient—you can come away with a feeling of well-being. Music’s healing powers, which Pythagoras called “musical medicine,” have been the leitmotif of my career.
Music has also helped me conquer physical challenges. From an accident at age 11 that left me with a permanently numb little finger to living with arthritis for 40-plus years, music has been a constant healing force. In the late 1980s after a botched operation on my arthritic left thumb, I fell into a devastating depression lasting many months. Then one day my wife, Maria, asked me to compose a theme for a film documentary on her father entitled “Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend” (1989). I didn’t feel up to it, but as it was “family” I wanted to try.
After a few days I came up with a theme and played it for her. She suddenly began crying. “Why are you crying?” I asked. “Because your music totally captures my father’s spirit.” It also recaptured me! That wonderful feeling of hope was coming back, and my depression slowly began to lift. Music had started working its magic.
September 29, 2015
Wow!. Kurt Steiner world record of 88 skips of a stone over water. Video at link.
Ten reasons why it's good to be a redhead: From Spartacus and scent to standing up for difference.
But watch out for the "ginger extremists".
Selfies are killing more people than shark attacks So far this year, 12 people have died while trying to take a selfie
Ten most offensive collective nouns, among them, a herd of harlots, an obedience of servants, an impatience of wives and an unhappiness of husbands.
New Scientist The lies we tell are more convincing when we need to pee Urgency conveys sincerity
Progress! Father pulls out his daughter's wobbly tooth with a drone, Video at link.