Music and Your Brain
One day, someone suggested I go down to the Crow’s Nest in Santa Cruz to hear the Seldom Scene. He said they were ‘bluegrass.” I hadn’t liked the little bit of bluegrass I had heard, but my friend assured me I would like them.
Wow! It started a life-long love of bluegrass. Listen to them doing this Dylan song and get an idea why.
Just before the multi-Platinum artist, Eva Cassidy, died of melanoma at 33 known only to a small circle of friends in Washington DC, her friends raised money for a benefit for her. She was dying and in great pain but she took a lot of painkillers and made her way onto the stage to sing the last song she would sing in public. She chose this one. She gave the money they raised to children she had met in the cancer ward. Her story was one of the most popular shows ever on Nightline.
I love these women. Two violins, a cello, and a piano are as exciting as any rock you could hear.
Doc Watson was one of my greatest inspirations and not just me, he inspired countless others including Clarence White and Tony Rice. I was fortunate enough to get to meet him once and talk to him. I was pretty lame and didn’t have much to say. I really blew my chance. Another friend gave him a ride to the airport and he had just been listening to Steven Hawkings’ “Brief History of Time,” and was interested in black holes, quantum mechanics, and Hawkings’ Radiation. I am interested in that stuff too, I wish we had talked about that. So much for my stereotypes of hillbillies.
Anyone who listens to pop radio regularly has probably been hit with this realization at one point or another – a ton of pop music sounds very similar. It seems like grandpa logic, but a growing body of research confirms what we all suspect: Pop music is actually getting more and more homogeneous. And now, thanks to a new study, they know why.A new study, surveying more than 500,000 albums, shows simplicity sells best across all music genres. As something becomes popular, it necessarily dumbs down and becomes more formulaic. So if you’re wondering why the top 10 features two Meghan Trainor songs that sound exactly the same and two Taylor Swift songs that sound exactly the same, scientists think they finally have the answer.
I came across Eliane Elias because she was playing at the Stanford Jazz Festival and I had never heard of her. I am kicking myself for not going to see her. Virtually, every album she has made had won awards and she has played with many of the jazz greats. She has a CD which is duets with Herbie Hancock. She is Brazillian and has many albums doing Bossa Nova. She has a wonderful voice. She was teaching jazz piano by the time she was 15 and touring by 17. She moved to the US and went to Juliard so besides her natural gifts she is highly trained in composition. She has one CD where she plays only classical.
3:15 / 1:05:01 5:42 Suggested by OranDzTiger Gaza Under Attack : A short introduction about occupied Palestine Eliane Elias Trio – Live at the Munich Philharmonic (2003) [Full Concert]
When I first heard this one part of me was thinking it sounded a bit wrong because I was so used to Judy Garland’s version. Another part of me was having another reaction and I listened to it over and over and now this is Somewhere Over the Rainbow to me (and many millions of others). There are few videos of Eva Cassidy and this is one of the few. Katie Melua (the 7th richest woman in England because of her singing) has said that Eva inspired a whole generation of singers, especially Katie Melua.
I know I immediately got everything she had recorded and did not listen to anyone or anything else for months. This song is not in my music mix because I find it too overwhelming. There is no possible way, for me, that it can be background music.