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The Benefits of Music With Children and Family Relationships

From within the womb music can begin to advance our intelligence and shape our future. The comfort you feel in your prenatal state associates with the sounds outside the belly, triggering a state of calm when you hear the same sounds in the future outside world. As a toddler, I remember when my dad used to sing me to sleep, little did I know it would help mold the person I am today. Music can play a crucial roll in developing the mental, physical and emotional growth of a human being. It can also be used as a tool to strengthen family relationships and bridge generation gaps.

Music inspires creativity by stimulating the imagination of children at an early age. As a child, when we hear a song that touches on things familiar and symbolic to everyday life such as a favorite color, animal, or food, we begin to visualize and stretch our imagination. This exercise sets a tone for creativity later in life. It also provides a tool for expression that perpetuates our creative abilities.

Music builds coordination. Human beings have an inner rhythm. Our heart beats to a rhythm, we breathe in rhythm, and we even communicate in rhythm. When children become in tune to the rhythm of a song, they sway, tap, and shout syncing in to the music. We begin to develop physical coordination in unison to the sounds that we hear as infants.

Music develops self awareness. Every culture has its own anthem or song that represents them. Many cultures create a unique sound and style that explains who they are. We learn very much about our purpose, sense of self, and place in the universe through the music that is around us.

Music Reduces Stress. The emotion we feel from soothing music can actually slow down your heart and ease tension in your body. A warm lullaby sung by grandma can be a potent sleep medication for babies. The endorphins our brain releases through music can trigger emotions of happiness, excitement, bliss and calm that all contribute to stress release.

Music is healthy for you. One thing music does for sure is make you move. We dance, jump, shake, wave, nod, make faces and do funny things to music. It is a tool that can be used for exercise and physical fitness. The entire family can work up a sweat together right in the living room and complete the amount of daily physical exercise recommended by health experts all through listening to music.

Music Advances social skills. As a child, when we learn the words to a song it builds confidence. From the moment the song begins we know we can impress our parents, grandparents, and friends by singing along with the song. We become comfortable with moving to the music and learn how to interact with people through it. We discover dancing with partners, singing in groups, and even creating sounds with each other by tapping on surfaces and clapping our hands. This early interactive behavior can instill confidence with those who might ordinarily be shy. It provides a tool to advance our social skills and communicate on higher levels.

Music Bonds the family together. From lullabies to birthday songs music plays a valuable roll in uniting family. We can re-arrange our favorite songs catering them to our childrens liking, improvise made up language and expressive movement, and communicate our love and admiration for one another through music. Grandparents can cross generations of time, communicating intimately with a child before it knows how to speak by using music as a communication tool. Music is the fountain of youth, the bridge to understanding, and the power to unite.

I was 9 years old in 1983 when my parents bought me my first 3 albums: Michael Jackson “Thriller”, the Police “Synchronicity” and Billy Joel “glass houses”. I am so thankful to have received such a diverse collection of music. The music I was introduced to as a child helped me to make choices, build relationships, discover preferences, and sharpen my perception of the world around me.

Music can strengthen the bond between distant family members. A child can deepen the love they have for their far away grandparents by singing songs over the phone, or “video visiting” online. Music is the bridge between generations that allow us to communicate with our grandparents from birth.

Whether you practice the enjoyment of singing traditional family songs with your children, or practice the scientific approach of musical advancement and psychological development, the benefits of music for children at an early age are endless. Music brings family together. Music is the key to a complete human being.

Marc Herstein has over 20 years of song composition and music production experience. He currently works in a special education day school for emotionally disturbed children in the south Bronx NYC. He is also the music and song composer at [] a service that helps to strengthen the bond between children and their distant grandparents.

Majestic Combination Of Poetry, Fusion Music, And Legendary Voices

There was a time when it was believed that classical music has no place in Bollywood movies made for the mass audience. People believed that the masses would not appreciate the technicalities involved in classical music when watching movies on the big screen. However, performers like Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Jagjit Singh, Mehdi Hassan, and Pankaj Udhas have successfully popularized Hindi Ghazals amongst the masses through their performances in Hindi movies.

Traditionally, Hindi Ghazals placed a lot of emphasis on the voice of the performer. Artists like Jagjit Singh moved away from the traditional approach and started emphasizing on the words, lyrics and the music accompanying the song. Today, Ghazals continue to be very popular amongst the masses. The Ghazal song in Sarfarosh was widely appreciated and was considered the best song in the super great movie.

Appreciation of such traditional songs has always been the hallmark of an intelligent and knowledgeable music connoisseur. The growth of the Indian pop industry in the late 80s and early 90s ensured greater visibility for Ghazal artists. Pankaj Udhas, Mehdi Hassan, Jagjit Singht, Hariharan, and others have released albums consisting only of Ghazal songs. These songs have become very popular and such albums have helped spread the popularity of this form of music throughout the country.

What sets these songs apart from all other songs is that it is very easy to capture multitude of emotions by simply repeating the lyrics. Listen to any popular song and you will find that a change in the tone and inflection of the singer imperceptibly enhances the mood of the song. Music composers too have moved beyond traditional Indian instruments and have opted for a fusion of Indian and Western instruments to make these songs more enjoyable.

These songs serve as the perfect tool in the hands of moviemakers to create emotional, romantic, and tragic moods in the movie without any difficulty. The song running in the background clearly enhances the overall effect of the emotion that the director is trying to convey. These developments have made it easier for the masses to appreciate the technical mastery of the Ghazal experts.

Any person who enjoys good quality music will definitely have a few evergreen Hindi Ghazals in his or her collection. Now that smart phones have inbuilt MP3 players, you should consider the option of checking out websites that will help you play your favorite Ghazals on the Internet.

The best thing about the Internet is that you can enjoy these songs for free. You just have to visit their website and you can enjoy hours and hours of soulful music consisting of classic Ghazals sung by the greatest artists in this field without any difficulty or hassles whatsoever.

It is preferable to listen to songs online instead of downloading poor quality songs from virus-infested websites. Streaming high quality audio makes it easy to enjoy each and every second of the song irrespective of whether you are listening on your computer or your laptop. Why waste bandwidth and hard disk space when you can access the best songs in this genre online?

How to Write a Song

We love to hear songs. It is said that listening to the music can relieve tension, reduce stress and helps to rejuvenate. Listening to the mild songs during night can bring sound sleep. Well, good songs are memorized easily. If a song has a good music that our ears love to listen then we keep on singing it very often.

But, the irony is how good songs can be written? Any song is first an idea borne in the minds of people. This idea gets transformed into any good song that touches people emotionally or brings them to the dance floor. Such songs that straightaway touch other people’s hearts definitely get hit. The thing is how these songs can be written. How you can make people emotional or create a craving to get on the dance floor. Here we are going to discuss the secret of these songs.

While writing any poem, the first thing is the Song title; it should describe the entire song in few simple words. Then comes the Lyrics; every song has a meaning. The lyrics should be such that the song is easily understandable and recitable. Hard words can sometimes stop listeners from listening to those songs.

To add something different and unique words to the lyrics, it is advisable to listen it carefully and go through the lyrics every time. Keep a notebook and pen with you in order to note down any ideas that come to your mind so that those ideas can be applied and then the quality of the song can be examined.

Once you have framed the wordings of the poem, next step is Music, melody. Sometimes we see that songs are popular because of its music composition but when you look at the lyrics, they aren’t much meaningful. So, along with proper simple lyrics; good music is another important character of a good song. Music melody attracts the listeners and they keep on listening to the same song.

Once you accomplish giving relevant titles, writing appropriate lyrics and adorning it with lovely music. It’s time to get it tested. Play the song three to four times to know whether the song is good or boring or wish to have some changes.

Best Ways to Get Custom Songs For a Video Or Film Project

If you’re a filmmaker or work with video, you know what an important role music plays in movies for capturing the audience’s attention. You also know that fitting the right song with the right scene can be a daunting task. This task, however, has become easier in recent years as music licensing becomes more available from online sources.

With the massive increase of royalty free music websites, filmmakers and others seeking background music for their movies need only do a quick search on the web to start browsing songs. Music licensing companies have large databases of music that the filmmaker can sort through based on what he or she believes would best fit their movie. One problem with this method though is the sheer amount of songs to sort through. The amount of available music online could give a headache to even the best music supervisor.

Another option could be licensing music heard on the radio or popular hits from the past. One must be careful as licensing popular or previously created music can create economic or legal barriers that stem from the copyright holders. These copyright holders can be a record label, music publisher, or the songwriter themselves. Most of the popular music from the past decades is controlled by large record labels who are not inclined to license their music catalogs easily.

So maybe the best way to get music for your film or video is to just have custom songs composed? All videos and films are different whether from the plot, mood, or just timing. They could all benefit from custom music written specifically for them. Along with making previously written songs available, the internet has also made possible access to composers and songwriters all over the world to compose custom tracks.

When seeking out a composer to score your background music, you should first watch movies that include the type of sound you want. You can then watch the credits and try to contact that composer or even post an ad asking for similar types of music. Songs for a video may not need such extensive composing and could easily be done by a producer or expert in mixing music digitally. Many producers, mixers, composers, and songwriters can be located online through services such as MySpace and Twitter. Doing a search for any of those terms in Google or Twitter search will lead you to hundreds of results. Be careful to listen to each composer’s portfolio of music to ensure they capture your needed sound and skill level.

Favorite Coffee Songs And Lyrics

The passion for coffee is one that people of all ages and cultures share at all hours of the day. Coffee can be prepared in so many different ways that it is possible to satisfy anyone’s wish list for coffee strength, fragrance, aroma, taste and origin. It is not surprising, therefore, that coffee is also a popular theme in songs, music, videos and books. Coffee is a great hospitality beverage that people enjoy at home, coffee shops, offices, and other public venues.

A fun thing to do while drinking coffee is to play music with coffee lyrics that make you laugh at the stories they tell, dream about the places they describe or even shed a tear when the song is sad. Some examples of coffee songs and lyrics include,

40 Cups of Coffee by Tennessee Ernie Ford (born Ernest Jennings Ford, February 13, 1919 – October 17, 1991). Tennessee Ernie Ford enjoyed a successful career in country, Western, pop, and gospel music recording his own music and hosting television shows. This Ella Mae Morse song was released originally in 1953 as a Western boogie-woogie catchy tune that Tennessee Ernie Ford’s booming baritone voice helped make more popular. Coffee lyrics in this song include “…I’m drinking forty cups of coffee, Forty cups of coffee, Forty cups of coffee, waiting for you to come home…”

On A Night Like This by Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941). American singer and songwriter, musician, painter and poet. Bob Dylan has influenced music for more than 50 years. Coffee lyrics include “…hold on to me so tight and heat up some coffee grounds…”

Starfish And Coffee by Prince (known as Prince Rogers Nelson, born June 7, 1958). An American singer, songwriter, musician and actor. Prince is considered a musical prodigy who taught himself how to play more than twenty different musical instruments without any formal musical education. Fun coffee lyrics in this song include “…If U set your mind free, baby, maybe U’d understand Starfish and coffee, maple syrup and jam…” and the repetitive chorus lyric “…(La la la la…) Starfish and coffee, love 4 the soul…”

A Cup of Coffee by Johnny Cash (John R. “Johnny” Cash, born J.R.Cash, February 26,1932-September 12, 2003). One of the most influential musicians of the 20th century remembered as a country music artist whose artistry included other genres such as rock and roll, blues, folk, and gospel. Johnny Cash and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot sing this song about coffee together. A lyric from this song “…I been drivin’ haulin’ load of grain all day long. Got about three more hundred miles to go. And well I just dropped in to have a cup of coffee friend. Yeah I just dropped in to have a cup of coffee friend…”

You’re So Vain by Carly Simon (born Carly Elisabeth Simon, June 25, 1945). This is a song most people have heard and easily recognize. The song was written and performed by Carly Simon. Released in 1972, it includes the following lyrics which has led to the speculation of a critical profile about a self-absorbed unidentified lover “…you’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you…You had me several years ago when I was still quite naive. Well you said that we made such a pretty pair. And that you would never leave. But you gave away the things you loved and one of them was me. I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee. Clouds in my coffee, and…”

Don’t Cry Daddy by Elvis (Elvis Aaron Presley January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977). Elvis Presley is one of the most popular American singers and a cultural icon that will always be remembered for his unique style and mass appeal. The song “Don’t Cry Daddy” is the story of thoughts in the mind of a grieving husband whose wife is no longer present. It is a very touching song about a father, the mother, and two children. One of the children, Tommy, tells his father not to cry saying they will find a new “mommy.” Lyrics from the song include“…With thunder crashing in my head, My pillow still wet, From last night tears, And as I think of giving up, A voice inside my coffee-cup, Kept crying out, And ringing in my ears…Don’t cry Daddy…”

Calling Baton Rouge by Garth Brooks (born Troyal Garth Brooks, February 7, 1962). This is an American country music artist who has integrated rock elements into live performances and recordings regularly. The result has been great acceptance by audiences at home and abroad. One can say that Garth Brooks has helped make country music a worldwide phenomenon. Coffee lyrics include “…A replay of last night’s events, Roll through my mind, Except a scene or two, Erased by sweet red wine, And I see a truck stop sign ahead, So I change lanes, I need a cup of coffee, And a couple dollars change, Callin’ Baton Rouge…”

One Cup of Coffee by Bob Marley (born Nesta Robert “Bob” Marley, February 6, 1945-May 11, 1981). Jamaican singer, songwriter and musician credited with popularizing Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to worldwide audiences. This song was composed very early in Bob Marley’s career. It lacks the reggae rhythm and sound that made Marley famous but includes coffee lyrics such as ” “…One cup of coffee, then I’ll go. Though I just dropped by to let you know, That I’m leaving you tomorrow, I’ll cause you no more sorrow. One cup of coffee, then I’ll go…”

So, what about playing some nice music, preparing a great cup of gourmet coffee and savoring every sip? My recommendation: Vienna Roast Espresso or Brazilian Santos Bourbon.