Few people in the western world don’t know who Ed Sheeran is. The 26-year-old English musician is an international superstar, selling out venues everywhere he goes.
In this book review installment, we turn to the first book in the Kate the Great picture book series, written by Wayne Bartholomew and Jaime Garcia. If the rest of the books in the series are as interesting as this one, these are definitely some books to consider adding to your home library as more books in the series are released.
I live a life of music. I’m surrounded by it. In my role as Editor of Minds on Music, I regularly write and read articles about it. I conduct several choirs here in the Pittsburgh area, both at my University and in the city. I travel the country working with groups as a guest conductor with people from 12 to 90. I compose. I sing. Yes, I live a life of music, and I am constantly in awe of music’s power to impact my life and the lives of people around me. We mark the moments of our lives with music, from the simple to the most important.
Katesurf, an American expat living on Australia’s Gold Coast, has some thoughts about why kids tend to misbehave in front of mom but seem like winged angels with dad and others.
I’ve talked about the unlikely places that music has made an appearance – in concentration camps, in the fields of pre-Civil War plantations, and prisoner of war camps. We, as a species, always find a way to make music. Soldiers at the front during World War I were no different. In the mud and the muck of front line trenches, doughboys made music. They sang and played, and when they didn’t have actual instruments available to them, they made them out of whatever materials they could get their hands on.
For this beak review, we take a look at Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball, written by Vicki Churchill and illustrated by Charles Fugue, the book. This book is one of those golden oldies, the kind of well-worn, much-loved book that stays on the shelf or in the basket of books for a long, long time.
“Music training can alter both the structure of the brain’s white matter, which transfers signals through the brain, and gray matter, which has most of the brain’s neurons that are active in processing information.”
A failing school in the City of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England needed to do something. The staff was unsure what to do. Parents were not happy with the progress and success of their children. There were issues with funding. The surrounding area was one of the poorest in the area. What to do…what to do…
It’s that time of year when everyone is talking about resolutions. Losing weight. Exercising. Spending more time with family. Working less. The list goes on.
So we thought we’d put a musical twist on making resolutions and suggest four musical resolutions that are easy to make and stick to!
It’s that time of the year again. Gifts, egg nog, and mistletoe are everywhere. But along with the drinks and decorations, Christmas music is everywhere. To celebrate the season, we turn to the the folks over at Vox. In this video, Vox tells the tale of that secret chord that shows up in so many Christmas songs, from Bing Crosby to Mariah Carey.