How Music Affects Your Brain

Science behind Music 13 July 2014 | Comments Off on How Music Affects Your Brain

How Music Affects Your BrainMusic has been known to bind people across borders, race, nationality, culture or color. A tool for expressing and communicating emotions and feelings, or a message, music is not bound by the technicalities like language. For most people music is a way of relaxing, just being, be it listening to your favorite tracks, or composing and making music. A lot many times, music, irrespective of the unit it is being played on, tends to overwhelm. But why does no other sense make us feel the way music does? Music in films, or concerts, or sometimes even at the restaurant you’re dining at can make you feel like you’re in a different world.

Music is different for everyone. The understanding of music is different from person to person. Something that may be noise for some may be music for others, while some may find opera boring. Music is a perceptual illusion, the understanding and comprehension of which is based on the individual ability of each person to process the structure of the musical piece. A piece of music is a complex blend of different sounds and sequences, and each person’s brain comprehends it differently.

Besides, there are specific benefits of listening to music:

  1. Improves creativity: listening to music when working or trying to finish trying tasks can help in finishing it faster. Moderately loud music, not too loud, can actually help in boosting creativity and thinking of smarter solutions. Music that plays as a part of the ambience brings out the most creativity.
  1. Predicting personality with music:A study conducted by the Heriot Watt University actually broke down specific character traits of people listening to different genres of music. For instance:
  • Jazz fans are creative, easy going, outgoing and have a high self-esteem.
  • Blues fans are outgaining, easy going, creative, and gentle besides having high self-esteem
  • Opera lovers are gentle, creative, and have high self-esteem
  • Classical music fans are introverts, at ease, creative, and hold high self-esteem
  • Rappers and rap lovers are outgoing and hold high self- esteem

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Never-ending story of Rock & Roll

History 29 June 2014 | Comments Off on Never-ending story of Rock & Roll

Never-ending story of Rock & RollHowever hard it may be to believe, but the fact remains that Rock and Roll was not always a genre of music. Most historians, musicians and music lovers, trace the origins of the genre to a time period between the late 1940s and early 1950. Originating in the USA, Rock and Roll combines elements of the African and American genres of music, mashing blues, jazz, gospel music and jump blues with country music and the western swing.

1954 is believed to be the year when music revolutionized and people’s tastes changed. Rock and Roll took base from R&B, with an honorary mention to the legendary innovator Little Richard, who, in the 1950s completely changed the music scene. With numerous R&B artists considered pioneers in the Rock and Roll genre, indluing Joe Turner, Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, and Willie Mae Thornton, Richard’s words rang true. He has said that” R&B had a baby, and someone named it Rock and Roll”.

Rock and Roll started out with attracting the youth, specifically teens who did not want to listen to the music their parent’s preferred to listen to. Rock and Roll music was being aired to the radio, and the teens from Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit and New York started tuning in, getting hooked to this new kind of music. While a lot of “black” audiences were familiar with this type of music, for the “whites” it was something absolutely fresh and new. Continue reading “Never-ending story of Rock & Roll” »

The Clash – Idealistic Rebellious Rockers

History,Reviews 13 June 2014 | Comments Off on The Clash – Idealistic Rebellious Rockers

The Clash - Idealistic Rebellious RockersRock and roll history is incomplete with the mention of one of the greatest punk rock bands of all times, The Clash.

A punk rock band, put together by Joe Strummer (rhythm guitar and lead vocals), Paul Simonon (vocals and bass guitar), Mick Jones (vocals and lead guitar) and Nicky ‘Topper’ Headon (percussion and drums) in 1976 during British punk’s original wave. Most often considered an idealistic and fiery band, they blended reggae, funk, dub, and rockabilly elements in with the punk.

Both Mick Jones and Joe Strummer were exceptionally talented songwriters, both singers with their own style and distinct voice. Not far behind The Jam, The Clash portrayed the image of being rebels with a cause: ‘restoring the protest and passion of rock and roll’.

The band members:

The lead singer and rhythm guitarist, Joe Strummer (John Graham Mellow), was born on Aug. 21, 1952. Spending most of this childhood and formative years at a boarding school, he was already into performing on London streets. In his early 20s, he founded the 101’ers, a pub rock band. At the same time, Mick Jones, born on June 26, 1955, was part of a hard rock band called the London SS. Hailing from a working class family from Brixton, Jones has been fascinated with rock and roll since early childhood.

The London SS was formed in an attempt to replicate the wondrous sound of the Mott the Hoople and Faces. Paul Simonon was Jones’s childhood friend, born on 15 Dec. 1956, joined the London SS in 1976 after being inspired by The Sex Pistols. Topper Headon (Nicky Headon) was born on 30th May 1955, and joined the band later.

The band 101’ers disbanded in 1976 after a Sex Pistols concert, and soon before their song “Keys to your Heart” came out. Joe Strummer, and the 101’ers’ guitarist, Keith Levene, joined the London SS, post which the band was revamped and renamed The Clash. Continue reading “The Clash – Idealistic Rebellious Rockers” »

Affecting the Mind

Science behind Music 7 May 2015 | Comments Off on Affecting the Mind

Affecting the Mind

It’s amazing how many different ways a person can affect his or her mind. From simple things like a bit of praise or some harsh words, to more complicated stuff like different types of music, to illegal items like drugs or alcohol (depending on where you live), there are many ways to alter your state of mind. Why do these things affect the mind, and how? Well, while we don’t have the time or space to go on about this for pages, it is certainly possible to cover music and its effects here. It’s probably the easiest one to explain too – just about everyone has heard a song that made them feel something.

There are sad songs, exciting songs, songs which are meant for celebrations and songs which exist solely to send people off at a funeral. We have a wide variety of music and different genres are popping up all the time, with too many to effectively list them all here. Because music is such a universal thing, it can be found to speak to people, crossing cultural or language barriers which would normally prevent different people from understanding one another. This definitely has an effect on the mind.

The power of music to affect its listener is not lost on composers. If you look at film and other media, this is especially apparent. To enhance a scene, specific types of music are often used in a complementary fashion. For instance, tense scenes may feature music which is neither melodious nor harmonious to emphasize the discord. Family scenes typically feature comforting, homey music. That is, unless of course they’re about a dysfunctional family, like the one from The Shining, for example. There, music enhances the violence and is used to illustrate the protagonist’s descent into madness.

While the right music can really make a production, the wrong music used at improper times can totally destroy a work of art. I don’t have any specific examples in mind right at this moment, but you can probably remember a time where the music you were hearing just didn’t click with the scene being seen by your eyes. In fact, if anyone has something to say about that, it would be fine if you shared it here with our readers. Everyone has probably heard music that just didn’t fit, so feel free to share that experience here, if you wish. I’m sure nobody here will bite or anything like that.

Well, with all that said, I think I’ve effectively covered how music can affect the mind. But other things can affect the mind as well – colors, tastes, smells and other sensations. Nail art is actually pretty effective at getting people’s attention, if it’s any good. Actually, it’s rather interesting how different colors can make the viewer experience different feelings, like how red can make people (and even some animals) turn hostile, or how blue can make people feel peaceful. It’s really interesting stuff and definitely worth reading more about, if this sort of thing interests you at all.

How effective is the music and work Combo

Music 15 February 2015 | Comments Off on How effective is the music and work Combo

How effective is the music and work ComboMusic is present all around us. It is a constant and ever-present companion in our day to day life. Whether you’re commuting, shopping or riding in an elevator, you can see people with their headphones on. While all this is good, listening to music at work elicits mixed reactions from people. In fact, there has been a steady debate going on about the benefits of music on productivity and work quality in office spaces. Scientists have been trying to find out the exact effect of music on people and their behavior without reaching any consensus on the benefits.

With the present age of digital music and fully customized playlists offering an extensive range of choices for music enthusiasts, I believe that this trend is beneficial to people. Music remains a potent tool that has multiple benefits including acting positively on the mental, emotional and productive state of an individual. My wife listens to music, while she works at her new sewing machine. She says the music helps her to work better and effectively. The beautiful curtains and dresses she makes surely are proof of this.

But this positive effect cannot be attained by all types of music. There are certain types of music that are apt for certain specific situations. When you play music that does not fit with the work you do, it can backfire. To select the right music, you need to understand the music types that increase productivity positively. Since individual music tastes differ, it is vital to know what type of music motivates and inspires you.

Heavy bass music inspires you to be energetic and confident at work. Positive emotions are enabled by listening to empowering music. The reason behind this is music helps to influence the organization of cognitive material resulting in better creativity. Positive music has been proved to demonstrate a higher creativity level than those who are exposed to negative or neutral stimuli.

Ambient music without lyrics will allow a more enhanced work pacing, when repetitive work is involved. When ambient music was removed from a workplace, it was found that it lowered the quality of work largely and prolonged the time taken to complete the repetitive task. Ambient music is also ideal for being alert and focused.  My wife puts on this type of music, when she starts working on her serger.

Reduction of stress and improved mood are benefits you get, when you listen to classical music. The music helps to slow the heart rate, pulse, blood pressure, and reduces stress hormone levels.  For those who are required to perform stressful tasks, ambient music helps to relax and improve the mood resulting in better focus on the task at hand and good work ethic.

Listening to Mozart’s compositions has been found to initiate relaxation. In addition, it leads to what is popularly termed as, ‘The Mozart Effect’. Better learning capacity and improved memory were caused by listening to Mozart. This shows that music certainly shares some memory pathways of brain. For tasks like data-entry, pop music is the best. It led to less percentage of errors.

Get the best out of your workouts with music

Health,Music 14 February 2015 | Comments Off on Get the best out of your workouts with music

Get the best out of your workouts with musicWhile Clash is my all-time favorite, I love to listen to music of all genres. Music keeps me revved up whether it is an exercises session or I’m at my system clicking furiously. Although my taste in music runs over a wide variety of music, when I’m at the gym with my protective gloves and hitting the punching bag, it is hip hop I prefer. It lets me get into the groove and gears me up for the intensive boxing workout. I find I can put in more time when the music is on and the tiredness or pain is not that easily felt letting me lend more effort.

While the choice of music differs depending on the individual, the main purpose of listening to peppy music is to stimulate our brain cells. Music is found to stimulate different moods and boost creativity and motivation.

While some are skeptical on the effects of music on workouts, if you visit a gym, you’d know how effective it really is. Various studies done on the subject indicate that music while doing workouts boosts the speed in which you perform the exercise and also makes you comfortable and adjust to the exercise atmosphere. It also drowns out other annoying noises or grunting sounds you hear around you.

In a study done on cyclists, it was found that those listening to music pedaled faster than those who didn’t. But the type of music also matters. You can’t for instance, walk faster, when you hear a Celine Dion melody. Songs with quick tempo urge you on to do walk, run or exercise faster, which is the purpose of the exercise in the first place. Fast tempo songs are best for workouts of any type, except perhaps when you do yoga.

Since music keeps your mood elated, it is not surprising about it boosting your exercise benefits. Whether you are just beginning on your workout or have been doing it consistently, the music helps to push you a bit further than when you do the workouts without music. Music makes the whole thing enjoyable and less of a chore.

For those who hate exercise but have to do it, find solace in the music. The focus on the music will take their mind off the punishing routine. The diversion even helps to extend the workout span largely. And the post workout sessions benefit greatly from music. When you listen to slow and soft music, after your exercise, the recovery time is reduced considerably.

Though music can help your exercise sessions and I ‘ve experienced it personally during my boxing workouts, there are studies that suggest music can lead to certain safety concerns, when you exercise outside. Runners and walkers who listen to music can forget their surroundings and not hear a nearing car or runners nearby leading to dangerous collisions. So you need to consider leaving your headphones behind, when you are exercising outdoors or in busy and crowded streets. And while doing your workout you need to wear the necessary protective gear, check out this site, to keep you safe and comfortable. It is always better to be safe than sorry isn’t it?

Effective ways to relieve stress and keep you cool

Health,Music 8 February 2015 | Comments Off on Effective ways to relieve stress and keep you cool

Effective ways to relieve stress and keep you coolThere are times, when even the well laid out plans turn awry. You are left to wonder on how to correct the situation and your blood pressure shoots up. Times like these need you to have a clear mind, so you do not mess up the situation any further. Stress is something that everyone has to deal with at some time or other, or for some on daily basis. Knowing how to relieve stress and relax will keep your mind and body in harmony and good health.

When you don’t handle stress the right way, it can wreak havoc on you. From suffering heavy hair loss to becoming depressed to the extent of thinking suicidal thoughts, stress can have a lasting impact on you. It is vital therefore to know how to clear your mind and get in control. Here are a few ways in which you can relax and relieve stress.

Meditate

The best remedy for stress is meditation. It is an all-time favorite. From the traditional methods to using binaural beats, the effects are highly beneficial. You can clear mental clutter, relax your mind and body, and release the feel good hormones in your body. When done over a long span, meditation helps to control your mind and stop the mental stress build up and its effects.

Music for stress

Listening to your favorite music keeps your mind relaxed and in focus. When you concentrate on the music, you can keep your mind from racing in different directions.  I play my digital piano whenever I’m stressed. It helps me relax fast and I can record music in it and play it back when I need. There are different genres of music that help you relax. Find one that you’re comfortable with and listen to it. You are sure to find your mind and body, relax gradually and effectively.

Repetitive work

When you involve yourself in some mindless chore like doing dishes, cleaning, raking leaves, rowing, walking, sweeping and swimming, it keeps your mind off stressful thoughts. Some take to baking, when they are stressed. When you are involved in repetitive and mindless tasks, you do not need to exercise your mental skills. This will give time for your mind to rejuvenate and bounce back to its normal bright self.

Food helps

When you avoid foods that stimulate or keep you excited, you can get some well-needed relief. Reduce intake of sodas, coffee and sugar to get better relief. Foods with artificial ingredients also keep you jazzed, so avoid them. Herbal tea, fresh and wholesome foods are the best remedies for keeping your body and mind in a relaxed state. Drink a minimum of eight glasses of water daily to flush out toxins and keep your body in proper hydrated state.

Indulge yourself

When you involve in work that you enjoy, you are letting yourself free of restrictions and can immerse yourselves completely in the task. Distracting thoughts will not interfere or affect you. It can be a hobby you love, or playing with pets, or just a soothing bath. The feeling of happiness that engulfs you, while doing things you like can drive away the stress and keep you feeling relaxed and happy.

The impact of music on routine tasks

Science behind Music 7 February 2015 | Comments Off on The impact of music on routine tasks

The impact of music on routine tasksI love hearing peppy and vibrant music. I start my day hearing the best of rock and roll. It sticks to me, while I do my morning chores. And it accompanies me on my morning run in the park. If I’m immersed in work, I let a classic melody play in the background, not too loud as it’d only serve to distract me. A day without music is something that I cannot imagine. My mom used to be exasperated at how I had my head into music especially my craze with ‘The clash’. But nothing ever has stopped me from hearing music. While there are numerous benefits that music gives you, there are certain things that are better done without it. Before I go into that, let me dwell on the interesting parts first.

Music is loved by almost everyone because it expresses emotions in such a wonderful way. Where words fail, you can emote better with music.  This is the reason why music is considered as one of the best things man has created. But even more wonderful is the fact that it can spark the creative instinct in you. This is important as this finding can be used to make a work session more productive.

The trumpets blowing in full steam had soldiers of ancient times facing insurmountable hurdles easily. From the church choir to festival gatherings music is an inseparable part of our lives. At present while we are chained to our computers, music serves as a means to infuse some liveliness into our otherwise boring sojourn.

With music playing such a vital role, there has been a lot of research done on its effects.  One important finding is it helps making repetitive tasks easier. Tasks that are repetitive like for instance, the exercises we do regularly are made easier. This is true as I always have music on in full blast, when I use my power racks. Check out this place for more information.  When a task is defined fully and is repetitive, music certainly helps.  This finding has great impact as music can be used to increase productivity in employees executing repetitive work.

The reason for this effect is attributed more to the improvement in mood than the background noise it represents.  And background music in dissonant tone did not have much effect on productivity, while in major mode it had a profound effect. Studies reveal assembly line laborers displaying increased efficiency and happiness, when they listen to music at work. This caused workers to finish their tasks fast and use better ideas, as the music improved mood largely.

Music serves as a way to escape from a noisy work area. One important finding that has come out of the research is that a noisy work area can have a bad impact on productivity. This goes to show that employers have a great deal to gain by allowing headphones in workplace.

But when it comes to learning a new skill or retaining information, studies reveal that music definitely interferes. It is a great distraction and recalling a complicated task was made more difficult, when the participants listened to music. On the other hand ambient music can induce creativity. Moderate level of noise can increase your creative skill, while a high noise level can kill it.

Benefits of music in golf game

Hobbies,Music 6 February 2015 | Comments Off on Benefits of music in golf game

Benefits of music in golf gameMusic as far as I’m concerned is the best thing that has evolved in our life over time. It has become interwoven with our lives completely. I see people listening to music, while doing their routine activities right from going for a morning jog in the park to going to sleep.  The different styles, instruments, ideas and voices make it enjoyable to listen to, satisfying different tastes in people. From the classical music and jazz to electronic and contemporary music, several genres are present that create a lasting impact on the younger generation today.

While there are several benefits that music can bring to you including, relaxing your mood and stimulating your intellect, it has some surprisingly beneficial effects like its use in sports like Golf. While a golfer with earphones listening to music on the course is not a common sight you come across, music can certainly help your golf game.

Research on music and its effect on human brain have revealed that listening to your favorite music while you play golf helps in training your body and mind, so you get your shots right at the subconscious level.

One reason for this effect is that when you listen to music, your mind doesn’t dwell on the way you’re going to swing letting your mind relax and focus on what is important.

Other than training your subconscious mind to relax and play precisely, music especially your favorite songs help in enhancing tempo. For your golf swing to be flawless, you need to have a good tempo. While there is no definite rule on the best tempo and it mostly relates to personal preferences, tempo can be improved upon with music. Since it is part of natural flow in individuals and cannot be learnt, music is of great help.

Most often, golfers are told to go slow on the swing, so their flow and tempo is improved. Having a fast swing is not a bad thing actually, provided you are consistent, and the results are good. But mostly this is not a recommended move in golf. Nowadays I find there are several new ways to improve your golf like the new rangefinders.

Music for better tempo

Tempo is an important component in golf and is vital for a good swing. Music helps to keep your mind in a relaxed state, so your subconscious mind can be used to take a better swing. I can see many younger golfers listening to music on their iPods or other devices, while practicing. And this is not limited to the younger golfers. Even professional golfers make it a habit of listening to music before a tournament to relax them.

While golf game has plenty of new methods and devices like the range finder, click here to know more, to help with the game, music also gives a helping hand. Although many people think that music is distracting, it actually puts you at ease and gives you an energetic countenance that avoids negative thoughts from nearing you. Just as you listen to music while driving or exercising, music with golf is a heady mix that can bring positive changes to your game.

Karaoke Makes Good Practice

Music 21 January 2015 | Comments Off on Karaoke Makes Good Practice

Karaoke Makes Good PracticeIf you want to get good at anything, practice is always a big part of the equation. Sure enough, you can read about a skill or activity, maybe even watch other people doing the thing it is you’re interested in doing, and you can pick up some of the particulars that way. But until you’ve tried it out for yourself and seen how you perform compared to those others, you won’t even know if you’re any good, or where you could improve, or how much you really know about an activity. Singing is something people train their whole lives to do well, but did you know that karaoke makes good practice for singing?

It’s true. You might not think it, since most people who karaoke have probably already had a few drinks. But any kind of practice, whether it’s in a professional or amateur environment, is still something upon which you can build your skills, even when it comes to singing. While any radio will work fine for reproducing more modern music, you might need a turntable to listen to older vinyl, or a karaoke machine that works with MP3 files to play songs when you don’t actually own the media you want to play. iTunes and similar programs are very useful for filling a karaoke machine in this way.

There are different types of karaoke machines to consider as well. Some just play music while others come with an included projector which pastes lyrics up against a wall, a curtain or some other solid screen meant to make the images more legible. Some karaoke machines are more analogous, requiring tapes, CDs or other media to play music, and others are more electronic, working solely with data to produce songs when commanded. If you want to learn more about the different types of machines, http://karaokeisle.com/ is a nice place to do some searching.

As for karaoke being good practice for singing, it certainly is. Karaoke and the musical arrangements which are usually popular in a karaoke setting will open your mind to new types of songs, melodies, beats and other aspects – sure, you’ll probably hear a few songs you already know very well, but you’ll hear just as many if not more that you’ve never heard before. It’s this high degree or variety which makes karaoke such a useful training tool. Sometimes you’ll be straining to make high notes, or singing so fast you lose track of the words, and these are both great practice for the real thing.

I’d be lying if I said there were no bands that got their start doing covers in small bars and clubs – essentially an aggrandized form of karaoke, all things considered. The proof is in the pudding, so to speak. It also helps if you keep in mind that karaoke actually means something like tone deaf in Japanese, the language in which the term originated. Don’t take yourself too seriously and you’ll soon find your skills seriously improving when it comes to maintaining pitch, tone, depth and other aspects of singing.

Some Science Behind Music

Health,Music,Science behind Music 24 September 2014 | Comments Off on Some Science Behind Music

Some Science Behind MusicI see several joggers putting on their headphones, while jogging or walking in the park. The sight of people with headphone working on their computers is also not a new one. This habit of hearing music while you storm through your daily workload is actually beneficial for your brain and your work consequently. Music has become an inseparable part of our lives. Not only does it sooth, relax and boost our attitude, it also has some very advantageous effect on the working of our brain.

Here are some of the ways in which music brings us joy.

Nature Of music

Though we can readily identify a particular music as happy or sad, it is not just the subjective reference that gives us the feeling. Music makes positive effects on the brain of listener. Our brain is designed to react to sad or happy music in different way. A short piece of music, when played to the participants in a study revealed that a neutral expression was associated with sad or happy based on the tone of music. Though this occurred with other facial expressions, it was more pronounced in the neutral expression.

Emotional quotient

Our emotions are affected by music in two main ways. One is the perceived emotion, while the other is the emotion that is felt. There are times when we understand the sadness in a particular piece of music, without feeling it deeply. So this is why there are people who get motivated by sad tunes, instead of becoming depressed. The music we hear is not associated with any real life situation, so it does not pose any threat to us making us perceive it without any true feelings, just like removed feelings we have.

Creative stimulation

Though people think that loud and peppy music is just right for creative work, it is not true. Loud music in fact is not the right option. Moderate decibel levels are apt for creativity and ambient noise is more effective in increasing the creative juices. The music raises the difficulty level of our brain’s processing, which stimulates the creative skills in us.  But in case of higher decibels, the creative feeling is blocked as we are too overwhelmed by the noisy music and find it very difficult to process information in a successful way. Just like the temperature and the amount of light affect our work, music too plays an important part.

Predicts personality

Though this may not be to your liking, it is still an aspect that is very interesting to note. When the favorite list of songs were researched on, the personality traits were easy to recognize. The characteristic used include open mindedness, agreeable nature, emotional strength, conscientiousness and extraversion. Of these five characteristics some of them were more precisely found out from the music listened to.

The study done by Heriot –Watt University concluded that Blues fans and Jazz fans had high self-esteem, creativity and were at ease, while classical music fans were introverts with the other factors the same as in the former two types. Rap, country and western music fans are outgoing, while reggae fans are not of hardworking type, but possess all the other characters. Country and western music fans were found to be hardworking and at ease. Indie and dance fans were not gentle and Bollywood fans were creative and outgoing. Chart pop fans were not creative nor were at ease as the others.

Distraction during driving

While most people listen to music while driving, it has been found that certain types of music were highly distracting and drivers were found to be aggressive and made more mistakes when listening to their own music choices. Safe and soothing music, which is favorable for the driving atmosphere was not liked by them. And studies also reveal that uninteresting and unfamiliar music is more beneficial rather than not listening to music totally.

Music training benefits

That learning music instruments is good for children is a well-known factor, but it has more goodness in it than you can possibly know about. A study done on children who had over three years of music training showed that they performed better than those who did not have any training in relation to

  • Fine motor skills
  • Discrimination abilities
  • Better vocabulary
  • Nonverbal reasoning skill
  • Analyzing visual information like identifying patterns, shapes and even relationships.

Thus music training gives various advantages to kids with its effect on the different skills they can develop. I’ve found than listening to music, while exercising also has a great impact, because of a similar reason.

Increased visual attention

In a study done on stroke patients it has been found that a better attention visually is stimulated by listening to classical music. In case of noise and complete silence the visual attention decreased showing that there is a definite relationship.

One sided conversations

In a related study on the noise factor it was found that phone calls where we hear a conversation one sided can be quite distracting. Those who overhear a cellphone conversation find it very annoying. While doing some work or just reading a newspaper in a restaurant, hearing an ongoing conversation on a cell phone where only one side of the conversation can be heard  is very distracting than when you are able to hear both sides. The one sided conversations are more in memory than when you hear both sides. This is because of the irregular nature of the conversation, which grabs the listener’s attention. When you listen to both sides, you can understand what they’re talking and it will soon be forgotten but not so, if you hear an incomplete conversation like the one sided one.

Exercise for body

Music as I’d said before is very good for exercising.  Listening to music dulls the fatigue caused in the brain and it stops sending signals to the body to relax. The music competes for the attention of the brain, thus distracting it from the pain you get while exercising. High intensity exercises like crossfit workouts benefit more from music. Further the music also helps to use our energy in a more efficient way. And finally music positively impacts your mood.

Songs to Listen While Longboarding

Hobbies,Modern Music,Music 1 August 2014 | Comments Off on Songs to Listen While Longboarding

Songs to Listen While LongboardingThe feeling of excitement and exhilaration you get when you ride a longboard cannot be explained with mere words. I love to longboard no matter where I do it. Sometimes I longboard in parks or parking garages, in flats, banks or even the big mountains, when I feel like I need some relaxing time.

The best thing I like about longboarding is it lets me rid as I’ve always wanted to. I can see kids use it as mode of transportation, while some people like me use it for stress relief. There are some who use it for snowboard inspiration too.

Quite often I get questioned on how I handle it expertly and whether it is tough to ride it. Longboarding is easy to learn and any one can learn. There are no age barriers for longboarding. It’s a completely safe ride and keeps you de-stressed and happy.

I usually use the top rated longboard brands only as they are reliable and smooth to ride on. For any reference related to the longboard use and purchase, I visit longboardingnation.com. When you add music to longboarding, the whole thing gets on a new dimension. The combo is so effective that you’ll simply love it!

Each and every longboarder has preferences and favorite songs or bands. The music keeps you active and pumped up, so you put in your best effort at longboarding and as a result enjoy it more.

Here is a list of some of the favorite music bands I listen to while longboarding.

•             MXPX – This has been one of my long time skating favorite. The tunes are so fast that it suits me just right. ‘Running Away’ and ‘Punk Rawk’ Show are my favorites in this band, which incidentally stands for Magnified Plaid.

•             CKY – This has been rocking the music world since 1996, and the videos and music from Camp Kill Yourself (CKY) are hot favorites among longboarders.

•             Dogwood – For fast music that is slightly on the heavier side, Dogwood is the best choice. Never Die and Building a Better Me are the best ones I hear when I’m all fired up and racing on the board.

•             NoFX – this band and Rancid have some really groovy music, but sometimes fails to match up to my expectation. But there are lots of skaters who love listening to these guys.

•             The Offspring – This band has some really wonderful music that keeps your adrenaline on high. Falling and One fine day are my favorites.

•             Fall Out Boy – You get a mix of punk and rock, which I love best. This band is part of Emo bands that blend rock and punk, and come up with some really exhilarating stuff. Bowling for Soup and Goldfinger are really on top with high punk and rock notes.

•             Dropkick Murphys –   This is an Irish rock band that has some really pumping rock music. Try out Captain Kelly’s Kitchen.

•             Slick Shoes – Though you have fast music, the words are softer making way for some fantastic longboard music. Listen to ‘Pretend to be the Same’ and you’ll understand why this band is on this list.

There are several others that I love hearing to like Flogging Molly, Sum 14, P.O.D, The Adicts and the list continues on. Whatever music you prefer, your longboarding experience will surely increase when you hook up with these songs.

Positive Impact of Melody on Your Mood

Health,Music,Science behind Music 31 July 2014 | Comments Off on Positive Impact of Melody on Your Mood

Positive Impact of Melody on Your MoodI’d a friend who had a high stress job. Though the job paid well, he couldn’t cope with the stress that accompanied it. Constant deadlines, negotiations and pressure from his bosses all resulted in a complete nervous breakdown for him.

I think the way people lead their lives itself is a main cause for stress related disorders. When Monday morning arrives I can see people hurrying to work or school, and this continues all week, and there are some who work on weekends too! So the never ending cycle of rushing to work and putting up all kinds of hard work takes its toll on people. That is what happened to my friend.

Emotional stress can wreak havoc with your mind and body. This is why I always recommend listening to music. The therapeutic powers of music are well known. In fact music has been established as an effective tool in managing stress. Whenever I feel the stress getting too much to handle I prefer using sturdy grappling dummy, while listening to rock.

But stress management experts do not deal with the type of music I’m referring to. They vouch for the slow, melodious and quiet classical tunes. Hearing such music produces a calming effect on the mind and body. Lowered blood pressure, pulse rate and heart rate have been found to occur in response to this type of music. The stress hormones levels are also reduced.

Though music has great de-stressing effects, some people avoid this method as they are too stressed to hear the music. Some may think it a mere waste of time. But this is not so. When you hear music you can chase away the stress and feel refreshed. This will increase you productivity actually.

What you need is put your mind to the task. A small effort towards relaxing can do wonders to your perception and clear you mind of the cobwebs permanently. Instead of being drowned in stress, listening to music will give your rich rewards.

Music has the power to attract our attention and retain it. While distracting us from our day to day worries, it also serves to perceive our emotions in a candid manner. This makes it a wonderful meditation tool as it helps to focus the mind.

Listening to quiet music is not the only option. If you are like me, you’d not get the relaxation you need from the quiet and melodious music. Upbeat tunes too can be listened to. Since individual preferences vary when it comes to music, you need to choose on what is right for you and also for the type of mood you are in.

I can hear you saying where’s the time to hear music? There are many ways in which you can do this without altering your routine. You can pay a CD in your car while driving to work, switch on the radio while you take a shower or hear music, instead of watching the TV in the evening.

Music releases tension, relieves pain and invigorates mind and body keeping you alert, alive and vibrant. With so many advantages I’m sure you’d find some way to include it into your busy schedule and reap the benefits.