Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I'll disappear in some flamenco...

Music Therapy

Music therapy as a medium to alleviate a troubled mind, body, and soul is far from novel --writings describing the therapeutic effects of music on the human psyche date back as far as Aristotle. Although the kinship between music and the human mind reaches further back than medical scripture can encompass, a recognized clinical use of music began after World War I and II. After the wars, both professional and non-professional musicians learned that to serenade injured soldiers provided enormous relief and improved the austere atmosphere throughout veterans hospitals. What began as a simple volunteer activity evolved into a priority of many hospitals in starting musical complimentary medicine. Seeing emotional as well as physical improvements in patient healing with the addition of music, more hospitals began incorporating music into their repertoire, leading to the opening of the first music therapy program at Michigan State University in 1944. Using techniques in passive listening or active instrumental play, music therapy is often utilized in treatment for everything from classic autism to mild situational depression. A common misconception is that in order to benefit from music therapy, one has to have a known "illness" or musical ability--the point is that music itself is therapy! For those of you who feel that you missed your opportunity to play an instrument as a kid, get back behind those guitars and pianos, as simply practicing an instrument a couple times a week may improve not only the quality, but also the duration of your life.

Classic Stevie Wonder as a young kid

Kids these days... WOW. (stolen off of Jamie's facebook, thanks Jamie)

White Panda (similar to Girltalk) fun mash up, thanks Ian.

Tallest Man on Earth, thanks Raf

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Feelin' good was good enough for me

Vampire Weekend

Although they may be dubbed as "The Whitest Band Ever" by Christian Lander, creator of the website "Stuff That White People Like," Vampire Weekend's Ivy League/Lax Star douchey image has done little to tarnish their musical clout. Their debut album Vampire Weekend ranked number 17 on the Billboard 200 in 2008, and they were named "Best New Band" by Spin magazine in 2008 as well. Band members include four members: Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Tomson, and Chris Baio. All popped collars aside, they seem like a few pretty fun dudes, especially when mashed up with Kid Cudi.

Hope you all do some BBQing this weekend.

recently being converted into a Phan by pretty much all of my best friends. But if this song doesn't make you smile, what will?
Phish- Ya Mar

Kid Cudi Cudderisback/Vampire Weekend Remix, Thanks Mike
(sorry the link is gray and hard to see but meh)!/item/y0rf/KiD+CuDi+-+Cudderisback+(Feat.+Vampire+Weekend)

My Morning Jacket, Thanks Raf