I’ve taken a survey for school and discovered that people who play music are smarter than and read more than people who don’t play music. However, I need to think of some reasons to possibly explain why this is so. So far I have that people who play music have to read music a lot so reading becomes like second nature and also the people who play music have very strong and alert minds because they have to count musical notes and listen carefully.
Can you please help me think of just a few more reasons why I might have gotten my results. Thank you!!!!!

Music explains feelings and emotions and extends them minds understanding.

Reading extends words and improves understanding and concentration and spelling and goes into detail and shows a persons commitment and understanding to a book.



What a great song – not the Will Smith version with the same name – the George Gershwin / DuBose Heyward / Ira Gershwin 1935 original.

It comes from the 1935 musical Porgy and Bess. I love this song, it has so much in it and if you sing, you understand the feeling and emotion that was written in both the music and the lyrics.

It is said to be based on a Ukrainian lullaby called Oi Khodyt Son Kolo Vikon (A Dream Passes By The Windows).

I still remember my grandmother singing this one, always such a calming way to spend a summer evening – especially if you had fallen out of a tree ;-P

American Idol brought this into the current generation again with Fantasia Barrino‘s version on her Free Yourself album.

If you’ve never heard it, try and get a recording by Paul Robeson – WOW – did that guy have a voice. Summertime and Ol’ Man River really are a delight to experience. It kinda makes you feel like your missing out with some of the pop songs we have today…

Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear the original lullaby sung by the Shady Lady herself Ani Lorak?



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So I got hooked yesterday setting up a YouTube Channel and watching the Parkour people running around!

I think the best one I saw – more because it had a story with it was this Scottish one.

I just think it was a great idea – playing ‘it’ or ‘tag’ around Glasgow. Even the Beastie Boys’ ‘Body Movin‘ took on different meaning. These guys have

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Just a short note today – I keep trying to get myself into the routine of the blogosphere, even though the weather is gorgeous.

Anyway saw a brilliant symbol at the airport and I tried to remember what I liked about it. I think it’s just a friendly yellow, but I have made my version and look forward to seeing it on someone.



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Yes, the weather is staying fine for the moment – and I’m loving that.

The downside is I don’t spend as much time at the computer – wait, that’s an UPSIDE 🙂I Got The Music.com online store

I did spend some time reorganising the store so you can find things easier.

Well, I’ve tried to reorganise the I’ve put up some more designs in the ‘songs‘ section as I got feedback that you couldn’t always get to what you wanted.

It seems the Russians in Saint Petersburg enjoyed the t-shirts, but sadly the translator I used couldn’t get all your comments up. Thanks for the thoughts anyway. Yes there are some new designs posted up now.

I kept hearing ‘Hello‘ everywhere I went yesterday. It’s one of those songs that sometimes haunts you, whether you like it or not! One of the things about music is that sometimes you get a song that is only remembered by a single phrase – and if they chose it well, it’s

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Wow. I just got hooked on watching some guys running through the ‘urban furniture’, things like benches, walls, buildings…and the gaps between them!

I think they call it Parkour. You know the beginning scenes of Casino Royale where James Bond is chasing a guy through a construction site – that is Parkour. Absolutely stunning to watch.

Some of these guys (no women in their group) were amazing. They just looked like some elegant creature going about it’s normal daily life – a sort of cross between gazelle and big cat.

All in a graceful, powerful rhythm.

They bounced off things, up things and held themselves in the air for ages – just gobsmacking. They were clearly confident in what they were doing, but none of them were ‘bragging’ they all said it was about sharing the love.

None of them take drugs (hooray!) as they need to keep their bodies fit – and were these bodies really, REALLY FIT!

They looked like the highest trained Olympic Gymnast with that extra something. One of the guys (Mike) said he pretty much spent his life outside – not because he didn’t have a home to go to, but because he was getting addicted to his PlayStation and his mum took it away for

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Yes, Eurovision came and went, but how did Spain get any points with a song that relied more on hairstyles than music!?

The Russians did well, but I think the song was alright, but was definitely improved by the Olympic ice skater…

Not entirely sure, but does that mean that the visual aspects of a song make it sound better? You can find some clips around the webscape if you want to see what I’m talking about.

Not that I’m one to knock the power of images with music, it’s just that was meant to be a song competition!

Just about everyone recognises the Rolling Stones ‘tounge and lips’ image, possibly because Mick Jagger has a similar look…

By comparison, The Beatles image was limited to spelling – plus some amazing photos.

I think the idea of the Eurovision competition is in danger of being a talent show with a predictable result. Two years ago Finland supplied a ‘Monster Metal Rock Band’ who

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Eurovision contestants 2008

Albania – Olta Boka – Zemren E Lame Peng
Andorra – Gisela – Casanova
Armenia – Sirusho – Qele Qele
Azerbaijan – Elnur Huseynov feat. Samir Javadzadeh – Day After Day
Belarus – Ruslan Alehno – Hasta La Vista
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Laka – Pokusaj
Bulgaria – Deep Zone and Balthazar – DJ, Take Me Away
Belgium – Ishtar – O Julissi na Jalini
Croatia – Kraljevi ulice feat. 75 cents – Romanca
Cyprus – Evdokia Kadi – Femme Fatale
Czechia – Tereza Kerndlova – Have Some Fun
Denmark – Simon Mathews – All Night Long
Estonia – Kreisiraadio – Leto Svet
Finland – Terasbetoni – Missa miehet ratsastaa
France – Sebastien Tellier – Divine
Georgia – Diana Gurtskaya – Peace Will Come
Greece – Kalomira – My Secret Combination
Germany – No Angels – Disappear
Hungary – Csezy – Candlelight
Iceland – Euroband – This is my life
Ireland – Dustin the Turkey – Irelande douze points
Israel – Bo’az Ma’uda – Ke’ilo kan
Latvia – Pirates of the Sea – Wolves of the sea
Lithuania – Jeronimas Milius – Nomads In The Night
Macedonia – Tamara feat. Vrcak and Adrian Gaxha – Vo imeto na ljubovta
Malta – Morena – Vodka
Moldova – Geta Burlacu – A Century of Love
Montenegro – Stefan Filipovic – Zauvijek volim te
Netherlands – Hind – Your Heart Belongs To Me
Norway – Maria Haukass Storeng – Hold On Be Strong
Poland – Isis Gee – For Life
Portugal – Vania – Senhora do Mar
Russia – Dima Bilan – Believe
Romania – Nico and Vlad Mirita – Pe-o margine de lume
San Marino – Miodio – Complice
Serbia – Jelena Tomasevic – Oro
Spain – Rodolfo Chikilicuatre – Baila el ChikiChiki
Slovenia – Rebeka Dremelj – Vrag Naj Vzame
Sweden – Charlotte Perrelli – Hero
Switzerland – Paolo Meneguzzi – Era Stupendo
Turkey – Mor ve Otesi – Deli
UK / Great Britain – Andy Abraham – Even If
Ukraine – Ani Lorak – Shady Lady



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I was listening to the local radio today and heard a great series/competition they have running. The basic idea is this:

Listeners recommend a local (unsigned) band for the station to review. The station then goes along to the gig and listens to the band playing live.

If they sound good and polished and give a crowd pleasing performance, they get posted online to the stations website – they post a bio, a review of the group, style of music and host an mp3 of the group.

At the end of the week, the listeners review and vote for the best group. Whoever wins the week, gets to record their best song for free at the stations studio! What a great prize for the

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Saxophone skills silenced

You know you’ve got days when you know you should have got around to something much earlier, but didn’t? Like practicing a musical instrument for pleasure oa performance.

Well, a friend of my mothers was always ‘threatening’ us with a public performance of his saxophone skills – even though we lived close enough to hear the private rehearsals.

Still all the neighbourhood looked forward to the day when a musician finally came out from their modest shell to share the music they love.

All of us were treated to the intricacies of ‘Baker Street’ – or at least the into for countless hours on end. Sometimes you could even hear most of the song, played a little falteringly, but complete nonetheless.

I would often keep my eye out for sheet music for the fledgling sax player and

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