Listening to music has been proven to boost one’s mood, health, and overall well-being. While music helps improve sleep quality and exercises the brain which contributes to better memory and mental vitality, medical practitioners also identified it as an instrument for reducing anxiety and depression.
Studies show that people tend to be emotionally stressed on the thought of going through a surgical procedure. Medical experts have capitalized on music, particularly jazz and classical music, to decrease the anxiety of patients who need to go under the knife. Based on findings, such kind of sound has helped normalize heart rate of patients who underwent eye surgery and hysterectomy (removal of all or part of the uterus). The standard tempo of jazz music, in particular, helps in soothing a patient’s mind and body.
Although the benefits of listening particularly to jazz cannot be linked to decreasing the feeling of pain during post-surgical operations, music tends to lower pain levels as it increases relaxation. In some cases, patients claim that listening to music is more effective than taking pain relief medications.
According to an article published by the Pain Research Center at the University of Utah, focusing on music triggers emotional responses that challenge pain tracts to process pain and aches. Some anesthesiologists are now looking into incorporating music during surgical operations as it is more cost-effective and has the potential to improve patients’ recovery.
There’s not a day that passes by without me listening to soft and jazzy notes from my playlist. Christopher J. Keehner here. See you on Twitter.
The City of Brotherly Love loves its football and, of course, the Eagles. Now, even after 83 years without a single Super Bowl victory, the team has had its share of great, talented players over the years.
Randall Cunningham and Donovan McNabb
These two all-time great quarterbacks are the best ever to orchestrate the offense of the Eagles. Both were dominant both on the field and on the stats sheet. They even competed in multiple Pro Bowls. Cunningham though gains the upper hand because of his ten years of service to the team, while McNabb experienced much maligned career.
Arguably the best safety of his generation, no one exemplifies the spirit of Philadelphia better than Weapon X. Serving as the heart and soul of the team, he is a member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team and the 20/20 club (over 20 sacks and 20 interceptions.)
The last great two-way player in the sport, his talent was compounded by his drive and competitive spirit. As a linebacker, he earned the reputation of being one of the hardest hitters in the history of football. What is even more amazing is that he also starred at center of the Eagles’ offensive team.
The explosive, quarterback-terrorizing Minister of Defense does not only lay claim to the title of Best Philadelphia Eagle ever, he is also considered as the greatest defensive player in league history.
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Physicist and jazz lover, Stephon Alexander, recently released a new book that linked physics – particularly the area of cosmology – and jazz music. When I heard about it, I thought this was rather far-fetched. Don’t get me wrong. I am a big jazz lover, but somehow the concept of physics and music seemed too distant for me. Reading his interview though, I must say I was intrigued by the concept.
Alexander proposed that jazz music, with its high improvisation, is similar to the string theory of physics. This theory suggests that the universe is made from a series of strings that resonate with different vibrations and scales. The specific wave in which a string makes composes matter into what we know today. Alexander believes that in modern times, the string theory has evolved into a more improvisational system. By this, he means that forces in the universe regularly improvise scales, changing wavelengths; although these changes are repetitive and cyclical. These events could be big bangs or big crunches. Physicists consider these events as predictable, yet each event is unique because of specific factors. This is similar to the how jazz enthusiasts say no two performances are the same – even if they are played by the same artist. The song itself is the same, but there are variations every time.
I have yet to read the book, and to be honest, I am not sure I fully explained the relationship quite well. I do find this topic to be interesting and will take a further look at this.
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Philadelphia Eagles fans have been yearning for playoff success for a long while now, with the team not having won a playoff game since the Donovan McNabb era. The search for the next franchise quarterback has seen nothing but setbacks, and team management probably think current starter Sam Bradford does not fit the bill.
After giving up several draft picks, which would have provided the team at least four potential NFL-level starters now and in the next two seasons, and two current starters in Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell, to move up to the No. 2 pick, the days leading to the draft were eventful for the Eagles.
Ultimately, the Eagles tabbed a collegiate champion in Carson Wentz with the second overall pick, a quarterback out of North Dakota State University. Scouts raved about his passing ability and athleticism, with analysts comparing him to current NFL quarterback standouts, Andrew Luck and Cam Newton. If he can come close to playing like any of those two within the next few years, our team can be a perennial contender. The draft also saw the Eagles filling out positional needs at center, offensive guard and linebacker.
So with all the transactions the last weeks, a new offensive-minded coach in Doug Pederson, and an unhappy starting quarterback in Bradford, excitement for the upcoming season should be tempered. Will the team get to the playoffs? They probably won’t because the lack of chemistry though would definitely be an issue this 2016. But do the fans love where the team is at now? More likely than not. The future is bright for the Eagles.
Christopher J. Keehner is a Philadelphia resident and an avid fan of its sports team, including the Eagles. Learn more about him and his passion by checking out this website.
Jazz and classical genres have very different focus and traditions. No one style is easier than the other. While classical music is all about theory, jazz is about the integration of a lot of elements. If you are a classical musician, should you take the leap and give jazz a chance? Here’s what you should know if you’re about to make the big jump from classical to jazz piano playing.
Classical music is strict—playing a piece should be according to how the composer designed it to be. Defiance from the music piece should be avoided at all cost, as it might turn out to be an injustice from the original composition. Jazz is more free-form because it is oral in nature. A lot of stylistic jazz elements cannot be written out on paper.
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Jazz involves a lot of ear training. While classical piano players are trained to read notes while anticipating sounds (from an orchestra, maybe), jazz piano players play it as they sing it. Improvising is key, and jazz musicians build their own arrangements on-the-spot. Jazz does a lot of chord extensions.
Learning jazz is like learning a new language. These vocabularies are far from what classical music mentors and teachers have introduced to us. Read more about licks are and know the names for common patterns.
Playing jazz brings you to a world full of creative possibilities. Christopher J. Keehner here. Follow me on Twitter to know more about jazz music.