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Music As An Essential Element In Society

Music As An Essential Element In SocietyThere are a lot of elements that can be taken from everyday life that can be considered to be part of a daily factor in the psychological survival of a person’s life. Simply put, there are a lot of things that an individual can hold close to their heart.

These things (or elements as they were) could be the reason behind the said person’s ability to get on with life in an ordinary manner (that is to say, going through the various trials and tribulations that may take place in a person’s life) or giving up on the whole idea of a concept known as a happy life.

Truth be told, there are a number of different situations that can put an individual in the emotional state of simply giving up. The thought of giving in to the old adage of kicking the bucket (not in a literal sense of course) and looking for a more realistic objective in life is one that has crossed a large number of individuals in life.

One tends to get the wish that life was a wrestling grappling dummy like these that he/she was able to get enough practice with before heading to the real fight. But reality remains that an individual’s occasional moments in life that can be considered to be true life changing events are rarely sweet with regard to experience.

One is caught off guard at the moment that they least expect it and is forced to deal with situations that they were not predicting to come across. Despite the various changes that may come a long an individual’s life, there are a number of ways that a person can choose to deal with the situation.

One popular method of dealing with issues that are brought a long an individual’s way and most people may not happen to be aware of happens to be music. This has been an element that has been existence since the development of civilization yet for some reason, a large number of people happens to view this particular subject matter as a by-the-way instead of an essential part of what can be described as society today.

As mentioned earlier, a sturdy grappling dummy will go a long way in preparing one for the actual fight that is going to take place and this is the role that music in today’s society can be seem to take.

The presence of music allows for a number of factors to take place in a smoother transition that would have originally been possible. The passing of particular messages or the expression of certain emotions can be seen as two good examples of the need for music within society.

The opinions that are passed on by a popular individual in the music industry can have an extreme effect on public opinion of a certain topic while the need to express one’s emotions through a song has been a portrayal that has been existence since time in memorial. The essentialness of music cannot be underplayed in the general status that it takes up within the global society.

Hunting Audiobooks

Hunting AudiobooksJust like you can find songs to suit (or make) any mood, there are just as many different varieties of books – thrillers, romance titles, epics, poems, mystery books, fiction, fantasy and so on. Many of these books are also available in audio format, as in a recording on a disc or other media which can layer be played back to create the illusion of the book being read to the listener on demand.

The topics for audiobooks are just as widely varied, but today with many hunting season looming in the next few months, it seems appropriate to talk about hunting audiobooks.

Some of these come straight from personalities with serious hunting experience and lots of knowledge to share. A nice start would be Si-Cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle. This audiobook is loaded with tips, tricks and advice, as well as a fair share of over the top hunting stories which leave the door wide open for you to believe them or not. It’s informational but more important than that, it’s humorous. It’s not boring. The fact it’s read by someone with a mighty familiar voice makes the words a little easier on the ears of listeners as well.

Gary Paulsen is a fairly popular American author and writer who touches upon many different topics with his work. Hunting and fishing happen to be among them, and you can hear his thoughts on both by listening to his audiobook, Father Water, Mother Woods: Essays on Fishing and Hunting in the North Woods. This isn’t an informational piece so much as introspection from the author concerning many of the fishing and hunting trips he’s attended throughout his life. It’s definitely not the book you’ll find at sites focusing on hunting tools, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a read. Or a listen, in this case.

Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter is another audiobook which is part educational endeavor and part reminiscence of the author thinking back to hunting trips from the past. What sets this particular audiobook apart from the other two is the fact the author goes into some detail about specific pieces of equipment being used on hunts, as well as their effectiveness. If you’re looking for an audiobook to tell you the best tactical knife or other best pieces of hunting gear, this is something you’ll want to listen to before your next hunt.

The only thing about this list of audiobooks is that they appear to be some of the most popular titles since they show up fairly high in different search results. There are lots of other audiobooks which cover these same topics though. To ensure the best experience for yourself, you’ll probably want to look around and check different deals before pouncing on the first book that looks good. Not that these books are bad, but then content which appeals to one person may be totally boring to another, so checking personally will ensure you get something you actually like.

Modifying Moods

Modifying MoodsWe often talk about how music can affect the quality of human life here. Rhythms, beats, melodies and other aspects of music have been proven time and again to have their effect on people, whether for better or for worse.

There are other things which can change a person’s outlook on a situation or otherwise modify their mood, however. Light is a good example of this. Whether synthetic or natural, ultraviolet light can brighten up a space, make a person feel more awake and even provide an essential nutrient in Vitamin D.

I’ve heard tell in the past about people who actually get depressed because they don’t get enough ultraviolet light in their daily lives. I forget what the name of the condition is, but it’s an actual medical condition, verified and codified by the healthcare community. It really exists, which is kind of understandable when you think about it.

People living in places like Antarctica, where the days (and nights) regularly last several months at a time, get either no light at all or so much that they wish it would get dark once in a while.

Like music, lighting can affect the mood of a person. Also like music, different types of lighting will have different effects on the same person. Those who suffer from that ultraviolet deficiency, for example, would get no benefit at all from sitting under a regular lamp or other artificial light source.

However, if you were to use say LED light bars that produced ultraviolet light, or anything that made ultraviolet light for that matter, you would see their health begin to improve almost immediately from what I’ve been told. Maybe it’s really more of a shortage of vitamin D than anything else? They should drink more milk.

On the other hand, if you’re just looking for any old light to make a dark place bright and help your eyes stop struggling to see what’s right in front of them, that’s a lot easier. These VISION X LED bars are great because they’re portable, easy to install and just as easy to remove so you can put them up somewhere else when the circumstances call for it.

I actually own a couple myself and I’m very happy with them, though I’m sure I probably could have gotten a better deal if I had been willing to shop around more than I was back then.

There are other ambient factors which also have a strong effect on the way people behave too. The weather, or more specifically the temperature, is a great example of this.

There seems to be more violent crime in parts of the world where the temperatures are higher, and every year as summer rolls around and people start sweating, violent crime rates tend to go up, even in places where the weather is normally fair or cool.

We are affected by so many things that it’s important to tally them all up and total those effects, so we understand the influences in our life and how they shape us.

8 Weird Effects of Music

8 Weird Effects of MusicMusic has various beneficial effects. Everyone knows how powerful music can be, and how strongly it can move. Here are just some of the powerful effects music exerts on our brains:

  1. Improving Verbal IQ

This has been proven especially in children. Studies showed that children who have attended music classes have exhibited a higher raise in verbal intelligence than children with no music education. Learning to play an instrument had an even better effect on cognition and visual perception.

  1. Rehabilitation of Stroke Patients

Music can be a powerful look when dealing with stroke patients who have lost some visual prowess. Since having a stroke affects the visual area of the brain, patients tend to lose some awareness of any object situated on the side opposite to the one where they had a stroke. Music has been shown to improve this condition.

  1. Babies Love to Dance

When given music to listen to, infants already start responding to it and moving rhythmically at five months. Babies dance to different types of music and when listening to music babies tend to smile a lot.

  1. Music Makes Us Happy

One of the most prominent reasons why people love music is mood management. People tend to listen to music while they’re sad, because it lifts them up. Others can’t get through their working day without music, especially people with long shifts who have to stand on their feet all day, like nurses. They have special shoes to make their jobs easier, but most still admit that they absolutely need music to get them through their day.

  1. Singing in Groups Makes us Closer

Making music together has been a form of bringing people together for a long time. Researchers don’t yet know why, but participating in musical activities with another person automatically makes us more associated with them.

  1. Overall Happiness

Participating in an activity which features music contributes to the overall happiness of a person in their life. People who sing in choirs or practice an instrument have reported higher satisfaction in almost every area of their lives than people who don’t partake in any music activity.

  1. Heart Disease

Music ahs been shown to help with various heart illnesses. Studies have shown that people who listen to music regularly have a lower tendency of heart disease than those who listen to music rarely or not at all. The reason for this is partly the fact that music reduces blood pressure and heart rate, and helps with stress and anxiety.

  1. The Chills

A great majority of people (somewhere around 90%) have at one point in their lives experienced the chills down their spine which was caused by listening to music. This also demonstrates the powerful effect music has on us. The people most highly exhibiting this potential for chills were those that scored high in one of the major personality traits named ‘openness to experience’.  These people are also most likely to play an instrument or otherwise participate in a musical activity.

Music Affects More than Humans

Music Affects More than HumansWe talk about music here all the time – music and the way it affects the lives of the people who hear it, mostly. But today I want to take some time to talk about other things which are also affected by music.

It would be a bit ignorant to think only humans can appreciate music and be moved by it, but I know there are people out there who believe just that. The subtle vibrations of pleasant sound waves have been proven to help plants establish stronger root systems, and that’s just the beginning of music’s positive effects on plants.

While it’s clear I’m talking about music, the definition of music will probably vary from person to person. I’m not recommending you expose your plants to blaring death metal with enough volume and bass to make your entire house quake. No, you don’t want that; your plants don’t want that, more importantly. I mean soothing sounds, the sort of stuff most people listen to for relaxation rather than to get pumped up or excited. Plants don’t’ seem to have different musical tastes the way people do. They all seem to prefer quiet and soft stuff, a point which should at least help prevent you bothering the neighbors.

There’s actually another thing plants need which humans take for granted, though some of us really suffer from the lack of it. Sunlight, or more specifically the vitamin D in sunlight, is crucial to human life. Without it, some people suffer from bouts of serious depression during darker months. Without sunlight, the majority of plants won’t grow at all, since they need it to make their food. Now, this isn’t related to music, but if you’re going to go the extra mile to get your plants some sweet tunes, it only makes sense that you’d pick up some growing lights like these as well, for those darker days.

Getting back to music and its effects on the world around us, it actually touches more than either plants or humans. Consider a mountain, for a moment. In a place where loud noises could naturally cause avalanches or rockslides to occur, most people readily understand how loud music, or even quieter music with a powerful bass element, could cause the same disasters to occur. I mention this because I want to be clear that music is not necessarily always a good thing. It can cause damage, sometimes serious damage, depending on the environment where it is played.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Music soothes the savage beast”? Well it’s kind of true. In the same token, music can be used to excited calm people and animals too. It seems to have a kind of psychological effect on its listeners, whether for better or for worse. This isn’t the kind of stuff you’re going to learn from any music theory or history class either. For more information, you’ll probably be better off consulting texts related to psychology and the like. It’s really interesting stuff, so we’ll be sure to write more about it in the future.

Music and Setting

Music and SettingMusic can have a powerful effect on the way people will perceive another person, place or thing. Have you ever been watching a movie, let’s say an action movie for example, and bullets are flying and people are fighting and the scene is intense, but then the music doesn’t fit? Maybe it’s a silly tune, something comical, or music which otherwise doesn’t sound serious enough to be playing right then. If you’ve experienced this before, then you already know about how music can affect the way a person sees something. If you haven’t, then I’ll be happy to explain a bit more about this.

If you need proof, proof you can see and hear and really understand, just look to a few famous musical scores and the movies they helped to make famous. Fans of the Jaws series know all about the iconic shark, a grisly great white that eats boats, people, practically anything it can get to with its teeth. The steady increase in speed, volume and intensity in the song makes for the perfect buildup and in the mind’s eye, it’s easy to imagine looking around your boat while knowing there’s a lethal predator lurking just below the surface. If the music had been some upbeat impromptu jazz piece, it would be different.

Think of other films, or more specifically, periods of travel which occur during films. Let’s say kayaking down some rapids, just for one example. Oftentimes the pace of the music in a scene reflects the speed of movement of the vessel. A horse and buggy, none too fast, would look fine with a slow, drawling guitar tune filling up the background. The boating along rapids which was described earlier would probably be silly with a tune like that. On the other hand, something fast and chaotic like the movements of the water would be far more fitting.

Perception is everything, and the people who make movies know this. To effectively transport your mind to another time and place, to bring you into the world they’ve created with their actors, actresses, scenery and music, they need to tailor their presentation to affect your perceptions in a specific way. One of the easiest ways to do this is to use music which evokes a specific kind of response from the listener. Sad, somber music sounds off in sad scenes; songs that sound like marching are often heard in military movies; music including sounds no instrument can naturally make often fill fantasy movies.

It would just be stupid to ignore how music can affect an experience, and more important than that, how music must agree with a given setting to really get the desired effect when looking at movies, films and other media. Now that your ears have been given a good warning, be sure to listen closely the next time you watch a new movie, or re-watch and old favorite. You’ll more than likely notice whether music seems to fit or if it sounds like it should be in another movie altogether.

How to Reduce Stress Using Music

How to Reduce Stress Using MusicIt is a well-known fact that music can have a soothing effect to the human mind and body. It is one of the most powerful tools for combating a major issue in today’s society – stress. More and more people use music as a stress management tool and here are some simple tips and tricks on how to best get rid of stress and anxiety by incorporating music into your everyday lives.

  1. Take some time and focus on the music

One of the easiest and most helpful techniques for reducing stress is to simply take out as little as 5 minutes from your day, sit down, relax and put your favourite music on. Listen to the music and focus on it. This will help you clear your mind and instantly get rid of a certain amount of built-up stress.

  1. Listen to calming music

There are many different types and genres of music, but it has been proven that music with a quick tempo played in a major key can help reduce stress and elevate your mood. Even if you don’t usually listen to classical music, this particular genre has been known to reduce stress levels. Someone once said: “Why would anyone feel sad when you can buy Beethoven’s complete works on eBay for $9.99” and it’s true! Happy songs – happy life! So if you’re feeling stressed out, just put on some cheerful and happy music, and you’ll feel a little bit better – it’s a guarantee!

  1. Incorporate music into your daily routine

If you don’t have the time to dedicate a part of your day to listening to music, you can always do minor changes to incorporate it into your daily routine. Listen to music while on your way to work. Have some music on your phone and listen to it while in the bathroom. Put your favourite song on while taking a shower. There are many instances in an average day where you can squeeze some music in.

  1. Music as an active stress release

Music can also be used to actively release stress. Japan is a country which has high overall levels of stress, and they have successfully integrated stress release into their daily lives. How? Why, karaoke machines, of course. Singing or shouting along with music can be a great way to get all the stress out of your system.

  1. Music before bed

Sleep plays an important part when it comes to stress. If your quality of sleep is low, your stress will accumulate and become worse every day. But, if you sleep soundly and get well rested, you will feel better in the morning, and stress will not get to you as much. That is why it is beneficial to listen to some soothing music before bedtime. As little as 15 minutes can make a world of difference when it comes to sleep quality. So after you’ve done everything that needed to be done that day, turn off your TV, and put your favourite album on – you’ll sleep like a baby and be better rested in the morning.

Tips for Making Your Music Listening Experience Better

Tips for Making Your Music Listening Experience BetterEveryone loves music! But, most of us listen to it ‘while’. We listen to it while on the way to work, on the radio while cooking, while doing exercises, while travelling, while doing chores, etc. These methods are not ideal because of various other elements – attention, background noises, quality, etc. If you want to truly experience your favourite music, there are some things you can do to make your music listening experience better.

  1. Go to a studio

If you are a true fan of a certain band or type of music, you can always go to a studio and listen in on recordings. Studios are places that are built especially for music reproduction, so the sound you hear there is honest and clean – it is music incorporated.

  1. Improve the quality of your files

You might not have considered this, but most of the music you have on your device is probably in a lower quality than it can be. MP3s made even a few years ago are nothing compared to the quality you can find today. So maybe it’s time to refresh your music library and find the highest quality files available today.

Tips for Making Your Music Listening Experience Better

  1. This about buying a gramophone

Many people today still consider vinyl to be better than any other available medium. They give a sound quality that cannot be compared to MP3s or other types of files. Coupled with a high-quality sound system, records are still the best way to listen to your favourite music.

  1. Take some time to focus on the music itself

Most of us listen to music while doing something else. If you want to truly appreciate a good piece, take some time from your daily schedule and focus on the music itself. One of the methods for this that people like the most is relaxing in a tub or pool (make sure it has a pool heater) while having their favourite music playing in the background. This is one of the best ways to de-stress, relax and immerse yourself in music.

  1. Consider buying better headphones

Most of us have decent headphones for listening to music, but you can still hear the background noise. Now there are some excellent noise-cancelling headphones which you can buy cheaply. You can also use a DAC and an amplifier to get the most quality out of your audio files. They are inexpensive and easily acquired, so you can get the best experience with the least effort.

So that’s it. If you consider all of these tips, your levels of music appreciation will skyrocket in no time. If you have the means and the time, the ideal way of listening to music would be something like this – You’re lying in a great pool heated by this, you have upgraded to high-quality files that have the perfect sound and are wearing awesome water-resistant noise-cancelling headphones hooked up to an amplifier and DAC. The world has gone still. There is just you and your music…

Tips for Getting Rid of Noise Induced Stress

Tips for Getting Rid of Noise Induced StressWhen a person is stressed out for a longer period of time, it can have extremely harmful effects on the health. In a lot of cases, long-term stress can cause extreme anxiety. This in turn causes the person to become sensitive to some events which he or she would usually consider normal, which causes more stress and anxiety. This is a vicious circle from which it is difficult to escape. It is imperative that the person removes the cause of stress for the situation to normalize. But what if you’re stressed out and cannot find a reasonable cause? Well, often, the cause of stress can be very simple – sound!

Yes, some sounds and noises can cause you to become stressed out without even realizing it – this is called noise anxiety, and it is common in people who work in loud environments. Since stress is one of today’s leading causes of health problems, if you think you might have noise anxiety, you would be very wise to address the problem as soon as possible. Here are some tips on reducing stress caused by noise.

  • Try to get out of the loud environment

If you have noisy neighbours or live near a road which has heavy traffic, you should try to keep your windows and doors closed as much as possible. If that doesn’t work, you might want to think about getting your house or apartment sound-proofed. Another option is to take walks in a quiet area or otherwise limiting your noise input. Sometimes this is not possible – for example, if you work at a job where you have to handle loud machines such as meat grinders. In this case, try some of our other tips.

  • Listen to music

This is the tip we have found to be most effective. If you find that the noise that the world around you emits is too much to bear, put in some headphones and listen to your favourite music. You don’t even have to turn the volume up real loud – only just enough to turn your attention away from the noise and towards the music. Music has shown to be a powerful tool in reducing stress and anxiety, and it is one of the best solutions for noise anxiety.

  • Wear earplugs

If you really can’t stand the noise, you can always purchase those cheap earplugs in any pharmacy, and drown out the noise by using them.

  • Sound masking systems

People have long recognized that stress at the workplace reduces efficiency and happiness of the workers, and is one of the leading causes of company losses. That is why people have devised sound making systems which emit sophisticated white noise. Their aim is to drown out other sounds and frequencies, minimizing the amount of noise the brain registers. This automatically reduces stress and works great to improve the productivity of workers. Research also shows improved grades in students using these systems, as well as reduced stress in stay-at-home parents.

When you get rid of the noises that cause stress, you health and mood automatically improves, which leads to a happier life!

5 Great Health Benefits of Music

5 Great Health Benefits of MusicWe all love music! Although people’s taste varies, everyone has those artists or genres which just make their lives complete. Music is such a big part of our daily lives – we listen to the radio on our way to work, we have road trip mixes, we listen to it while exercising as a motivational tool, etc. But did you know that music can also be greatly beneficial to our health. In the same way as fruit is great for our immune system, or microdermabrasion machines (like these) can help our skin, music can also affect various parts of our minds and bodies. Here are just some of the health benefits you can achieve just by listening to music.

  1. Music improves verbal and visual skills

Many professional studies have shown a strong link between early music education and high verbal and visual skills in children. They have found that children between 4 and 6 who have musical training for a month exhibit greater ability to understand words and explain what they mean, and a more highly developed sense of rhythm, melody, voice and pitch.

  1. Music increases your happiness levels

Music can increase the levels of any emotion. Just by listening to different types of music, you can start feeling happy, sad, agitated, nervous, content, etc. If you listen to a special type of music – one with a major key and a quick tempo – it can instantly make your body release dopamine, which is a hormone that causes the feeling of happiness. If you think that you often feel sad or depressed, music can be a cure in the same way that a skincare system can rid you of skin conditions – if you want to feel overall happier, you should make ‘happy’ music a part of your everyday routine.

  1. Music can boost your immune system

Research has found that music can help you reduce the amount of harmful hormones in your body – the ones that cause stress and anxiety, as well as those that cause your immune system to plummet. These hormones usually increase the risk of heart disease, lower bone density, cause high blood pressure, etc. This can all be rectified by listening to any music that you personally enjoy.

  1. Music affects your heartbeat and pulse rate

There are many studies which show that listening to music strengthens muscles. This includes the most important muscle in our bodies – the heart. Regardless of your preferred genre, music can be used to steady your heartbeat and bring your pulse rate back to normal. This effect has shown to be the same in both men and women.

  1. Music improves the quality of sleep

Since the things that affect your quality of sleep the most are your anxiety and heart rate, and music has a positive effect on both of these, it is no wonder that people who listen to soothing music before going to bed have a much higher quality of sleep and feel more rested in the morning.