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8 Reasons You Should Listen More To Classical Music

Is it true that listening to classical music is actually good for you? Looking at some of the scientific studies conducted recently, classical music does have benefits. Findings show that there are many benefits for our mental and physical health. It can stimulate the brain, improve sleep, reduce stress and also strengthen the immune system. Here are 8 reasons why you should be listening to more classical music much more often than you probably do now.

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Music may reduce pain, anxiety after surgery

A new study has identified a simple strategy that may aid recovery for patients who have undergone surgery: listening to music.

Researchers found patients who listened to music before, during or after surgery experienced less pain and anxiety following the procedure.

Researchers found patients who listened to music before, during or after surgery experienced less pain and anxiety following the procedure.
Published in The Lancet, the study found that patients who listened to music before, during or after a surgical procedure experienced less pain and anxiety than patients who did not listen to music.

In recent months, Medical News Today have reported on a number of studies citing the potential benefits of music for the medical world. Earlier this month, for example, researchers found listening to music in the operating theater may improve surgeons’ ability to close wounds. But how does music help patients?

According to the authors of this latest study – led by Dr. Catharine Meads from Brunel University in the UK – music has been used to improve patients’ hospital experience for decades, with Florence Nightingale even adopting the practice.

The researchers note that previous studies have investigated how music influences pain relief and anxiety during postoperative care, and many have found positive outcomes.

However, these studies have not encouraged the use of music as a day-to-day intervention in surgical practice, likely “because information about effectiveness has not been synthesized and disseminated universally,” according to the authors. For example, studies have primarily focused on how music impacts patients’ recovery following specific types of surgery. Continue reading

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The Life of a Song: ‘My Funny Valentine’

Some 600 artists, including Chaka Khan, recorded the number that started life in a
Depression-era musical comedy
Chaka Khan in Berlin in 1995


The 1937 Rodgers and Hart musical Babes in Arms, which gave generations of grateful cabaret singers “My Funny Valentine”, also virtually invented the “Hey, let’s put on a show!” genre. They did childcare differently in those days — in the musical, a group of home-alone teens must do something useful with their time to stop the local sheriff carrying out his threat to send them to the work farm. This is the Great Depression, and the parents are off working the vaudeville circuit.

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Taylor Swift and Her Team of BFFs Are All September Cover Girls

Ms. Swift’s crew is taking over the September newsstands.

Those wondering why their local newsstand looks like a scene out of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” can rest assured they have not been watching the hit music video too many times on repeat. It is not a trick of the mind: Ms. Swift and her closest BFFs really did score a bunch of September magazine covers.

Ms. Swift graces the September cover of Vanity Fair. Photographed by Mario Testino—who Ms. Swift called “incredible” on Instagram—the pop star poses next to a piano and sports a black blazer, white dress shirt, black kerchief, and bright red lip.

Ms. Swift on the cover of Vanity Fair.

Meanwhile, model Gigi Hadid—Instagram sensation, “Bad Blood” star and close friend of Ms. Swift—scored the September cover of W. Ms. Hadid wears a Dolce & Gabbana fur coat in the photographs shot by Steven Meisel and styled by Edward Enninful. Continue reading

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Why You Might Want Your Surgeon to Listen to Music in the Operating Room

Classical. Old rock. Country western.

If you were an unconscious patient in Dr. Frank Opelka’s operating room, any one of these genres could have been playing.

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“I had my own collection that I brought in,” said Opelka, a former colorectal surgeon who began his practice in the 1980s. “I remember when I was practicing in Boston for a while … the residents in New England just couldn’t stand country western, so we played a lot of it.”

Opelka (the brother of TheBlaze’s Mike Opelka), like many surgeons around the country, found listening to music in the O.R. soothing. According to a new study though, there might be some science backing it as well.

The research out of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston published in Aesthetic Surgery Journal revealed that plastic surgeons who listened to their preferred type of music showed greater surgical technique and efficiency at closing incisions. This, the researchers said, could translate to a reduction in surgical costs.

The small study had 15 plastic surgeons perform stitches on pigs feet, which is similar to human skin. Some of these surgeons on the first day listened to music and some didn’t. On the second day, the surgeons who listened to music the first time completed the task in silence and vice versa.

Researchers found when surgeons listened to music of their choice, they were, on average, 7 percent faster closing incisions. Music was found to be even more effective for more senior surgeons in the experiment.

A team of other plastic surgeons, who did not know the purpose of the experiment, judged the quality of the repairs, which helped confirm an improvement in the work when music was played. Continue reading

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Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris: Bad Blood singer ready to say ‘yes’ to Rita Ora’s ex-boyfriend’s proposal

Taylor Swift is ready to walk down the aisle with Calvin Harris

American singer/songwriter Taylor Swift and Scottish singer/DJ Calvin Harris are ready to take their relationship to the next level.

According to a report in Hollywood Life, the Red singer is ready to walk down the aisle with the 31-year-old DJ.

“Even though they haven’t been together that long if he did ask her tomorrow she’d say yes, she’s just so happy with him. Taylor doesn’t think it’s a sure thing, she’s not that cocky, but she has a really good feeling that they will end up together.”

Reports that Harris and Swift are dating started in March, and the two were pictured shopping in Nashville, dressed similarly.

Later, the two were spotted at a Kenny Chesney concert, getting cosy in the audience.

The couple made their relationship public when Swift kissed Harris during the Billboard Music Awards 2015, held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on 17 May. Continue reading

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Avril Lavigne – When You’re Gone

Do you remember this song?

Do you know I miss you ?

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To Build a Home – The Cinematic Orchestra

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Fossils Of Technology: ‘The Imitation Archive’ Turns Near-Extinct Machines Into Music

The Harwell Dekatron Computer in Bletchley Park is one of the massive machines used by Matt Parker in his Imitation Archive music.

Computers are part of the everyday sounds of our times — for a while. But as each new digital device slips into inevitable obsolescence, so do their signature sounds. Composer Matt Parker thought that meant losing touch with some of our history — so, he’s has created an archive of 126 sound recordings from the historic computers of Bletchley Park, the site where British mathematicians, scientists and spies broke German’s military codes during World War II. And he’s worked those sounds into a new series of musical compositions on an album called The Imitation Archive.

Parker is no stranger to computers: He’s used modern ones plenty of times to make his music in the past. But the Bletchley Park machines, like one he recorded named Colossus, are ancient beasts compared to today’s laptops.

“It’s the size of a large hall, and there were several of these in use during the second World War,” he says of Colossus, the first-ever programmable digital computer, which was kept a secret while in use. “It’s amazing that no one wanted to make music out of them before, really, because they make such distinctive rhythmic patterns that I just had to work with.”

For Parker, The Imitation Archive represents more than a new set of tools for his own compositions: It’s also an attempt to hold onto the memory of the computers’ functions and the unique place in history they occupy. Without preservation, he says, the machines could be forgotten over time.

“You can look at an object that’s inside a Perspex box in a museum in the future, but you will never be able to hear what it sounds like,” he says. “I think it’s really important to be able to bring some of the reality of what some of these machines were like — to listen to as much as to see — in the future.”

Hear the full conversation with NPR’s Scott Simon in the audio link.

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