“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.”–Maya Angelou
Music is almost like breathing to help us stay well, happy, and inspired. You all may have some life experience that gave you a love of music. For me, I’ve always loved music. But one life experience I had was when I worked at a Chicago recording studio. The birth and creation of music were a Mecca for the leading musicians to come and create the music that gave millions of people an extraordinary experience.
Universal Recording was seminal in the development of experimental studio techniques. For example, it was the location of the first use of tape repeat in a recording, the first isolated vocal booth, the first recording with multiple overdubs of a single voice, early 8-track recording trials, and the first experiments with half speed disc mastering.
And yes, Universal had engineers who masterminded music that inspired millions.
Who is Bruce Swedien, and why is he famous?
- Bruce Swedien has been the engineer of choice for Michael Jackson and his producer Quincy Jones, among many others. In a rare interview, he lays bare the techniques behind some of the superstar’s biggest hits.
Bruce Swedien almost had music flowing in his veins. But instead, he was an excellent example of how music helps us live fuller, happier lives. Discover more about Bruce, the music man, The New York Times article, Bruce Swedien, a Shaper of Michael Jackson’s Sound, Dies at 86.
Let’s explore some of the reasons we all need music in our life from the following experts.
Andrew E. Budson, MD’s article in his Harvard Blog, explains, Why is music suitable for the brain?
“Can music affect your well-being, learning, cognitive function, quality of life, and even happiness? A recent survey on music conducted by AARP revealed some interesting findings of the impact of music on cognitive and emotional well-being:?”
Jill Suttie’s Greater Good Magazine article, Five Ways Music Can Make You Healthier.
“Neuroscientists have discovered that listening to music heightens positive emotion through the reward centers of our brain, stimulating hits of dopamine that can make us feel good or even elated. Listening to music also lights up other areas of the brain I left almost no brain center untouched—suggesting more widespread effects and potential uses for music.”
Jamie Atkins’ Udiscovermusic article “Say it Loud: How Music Changes Society, A song doesn’t have to have a message to change society. Race relations, gender equality, and identity politics got shaped by music.
Ready to Rock? Here’s a Happiness Song list: 101 Songs to Improve Your Mood and Boost Out Spirits
Finally, to keep you in the music flow, Les Listen 100 Best Song Lyrics of All Time – starting with the top five.
“Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.” ― Keith Richards.
#1. Billie Jean is not my lover; She’s just a girl who claims that I am the one–Michael Jackson, Billie Jean
#2. If you had one shot or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted, would you capture it or just let it slip in one moment? – Eminem, Lose Yourself
#3. It’s now or never, Come hold me tight kiss me my darling–Elvis Presley, It’s Now Or Never
#4. It’s a long way to the top, if you wanna rock n roll – AC/DC, It’s A Long Way To The Top
#5. We are the champions, my friends. And we’ll keep on fighting ’til the end–Queen, We Are The Champions
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