The family operated Dark Island Distillery, is using a very unique technique to mature their whiskey. They are playing different genres of music too…
Though numerous studies have shown that music lessons can expand intelligence, raise IQ, and improve academic skills, one study published in the Journal of Neuroscience proved that music literally can expand the brain.
The second most common reason why people visit their doctor is back pain. In fact, about 65 million Americans suffer from back pain. Whether you play drums, guitar, violin, or trombone, you are at risk of developing back pain. As a musician, it can have a severe detrimental effect on your ability to enjoy playing.
A study by the Leiden University Medical Center Department of Cardiology, published in the Netherlands Heart Journal, shows that playing music may improve cardiovascular health. The researchers measured cardiovascular health in 25 musicians and nonmusicians, aged 18 to 30. The subjects were similar in terms of height, weight, and lifestyle factors like physical exercise and diet. The musicians had significantly lower blood pressure and heart rates than their nonmusician counterparts.
What causes this misalignment and pressure on a nerve? Stress! Whether it is physical, chemical, or emotional, stress can cause dysfunction within the nervous system. Musicians have major physical stress. Repetitively playing an instrument in the same position and utilizing the same muscles over and over again puts major physical demands on the body. RSI, either combined with poor posture ergonomics or independent of each other, is direct physical stress that can cause subluxations in the spine or joints of the upper extremities.
“Hearing protection is for sissies,” says my guitar playing friend Pete. He casually signs the internationally understood words for “earplug” and “feather weight” in my direction. Years of thunderous nights in tiny clubs have left him aurally impotent. It’s sad to see. With proper ear protection, his life may have turned out differently.
Google and Converse challenged the UK company Technology Will Save Us, which specializes in supplying DIY kits, to modify a pair of Converse sneakers with its DIY Speakers Kit. Technology Will Save Us rose to the challenge creating what may be the world’s first guitar shoe, using the laces for strings, then creating a microphone, contrabass, and feedback synth, and using the kit’s box to create an amp. They then brought the challenge to a set of London workshops where participants created everything from a sneaker that “walked” when bass-heavy music played to a sneaker ukulele.
When Michael Haefliger, director of the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, first heard about the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan he thought he had to do something to help.