Music and emotions are closely tied. The testament to this are the various love songs created over the years. For some people, music is a way to release their pent-up feelings and give them voice, while for others, it’s a way to awaken their emotions. There is also a lot of evidence which suggests that the music we listen to can affect our happiness. Namely, if the music you listen to everyday suits you, you’ll be a generally happier person.
So, what does it mean to listen to music that suits you? Should it be connected to the way you live and dress? Does it have to come from the same place as you do? You might not believe this, but the answer to all of these questions is NO. In most cases, even the music you always listen to won’t make you much happier than you already are. It all has to do with how you experience the music you listen to every day. For example, listening to party music in order to reach that euphoric state we usually are in while at parties will not make you happier - it will make you feel excited which can cause your regular day to feel a bit underwhelming.
For your music to make you happy, you need to really enjoy it. Not because it gets you pumped up for a workout or ready to party all night. Music will make you happy if you like what you’re listening to. In addition to this, it’s the music you listen to alone that will have the greatest long-term effect on your emotional state. If you’re not sure what you should listen to, here are some of the bands we think you should know about. They helped us through some tough times, so we hope they’ll awaken the same happiness in you when you listen to them.
Why does music make us happy?Music is the universal language and it can reach to anyone. There are numerous experiments which show this. Music makes the plants grow faster and lusher, calms down babies and animals and studies show that listening to music during your study breaks improves your thinking process. So, it’s pretty easy to understand that listening to tunes can affect how you feel. Thus, since music and happiness are connected, you might want to make a selection of what you’ll listen to.
As we’ve mentioned before, the music we listen to can seriously affect how we feel. From the general state we’re in, to the types of moods we experience. So, when you get emotional when listening to music, don’t be afraid to ride that wave. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve cried to a sad song. Learn about other ways in which music affects our mood.
Music can affect our memories in a lot of ways. Firstly, we can remember things more easily if there was music when they happened. Next, our brain ties memories to what we hear and smell much more than to what we see. This is why you’ll feel super happy when you hear that song you listened to on your vacation. It will remind you of the amazing/relaxing time you’ve had.
Finally, music and dancing are mostly inseparable. If you’re looking for a connection between music and happiness, you don’t have to look further than dancing. This art is the physical manifestation of music and a person’s feelings. Even if you’ve got two left feet and couldn’t dance to save your life, it’s still good to move to the music you like. Even if you just sway a bit or jump a few times, connecting what you feel when you’re listening to music with the movements of your body will definitely make you feel better. Unless you’re listening to RI free radio when driving. In this case, we implore you not to dance but to focus on the road. There’ll be plenty of time to be happy once you’ve safely arrived to your destination.
Another clear connection between music and happiness can be found in creation. If you play any instruments, giving them voice with music can help you express your feelings - for example, get something off your chest. Think of it as a creative outlet which is always there for you. By releasing your pent-up emotions through something as magnificent as music you’ll have an easier time dealing with everyday issues, which will in turn make you a generally happier person.
Just make sure you protect your musical instruments if you’re fond of them. Get good safety fuses, good electric isolation for your electronic instruments. As for the acoustic instruments, make sure you don’t keep them in damp rooms and regularly tune and clean them. This will help your instrument last longer and you’ll be able to play it more. Of course, you might want to consider getting some additional protection, such as insurance. No matter what kind of precautions you take, some things depend on chance. For example, a lightning strike can be damaging, but you can still recover your equipment if you’ve used the right insurance or if you have good protective equipment.
Unfortunately, there’s no proof that this is the case. Oh, you’ll generally feel excitement and satisfaction when you’re listening to the concert of your favorite band, but this doesn’t mean you’ll be any happier in general. In addition to this, even though listening to your music makes you happy when you’re alone, this isn’t always the case when you’re sharing your music with a lot of people.
Marijuana Policy Project: Regulated Adult Marijuana Sales Expected to Begin in Massachusetts on Tuesday; Advocates Hopeful It Will Inspire Similar Policy Reforms in Rhode Island
* Statements below from the Marijuana Policy Project, a member of the Regulate Rhode Island coalition *
Legal adult marijuana sales will begin in Massachusetts Tuesday, with retailers in Northampton and Leicester reportedly set to be the first to open. The state is the seventh in the nation to establish a regulated marijuana market for adults.
Marijuana policy reform advocates say they are hopeful it will set an example for Rhode Island and other New England states, where lawmakers are expected to consider similar legislation next year.
“New England’s first regulated marijuana market for adults is now up and running in Massachusetts,” said Matthew Schweich, deputy director for the Marijuana Policy Project, a member of the Regulate Rhode Island coalition. “It’s only a matter of time before more states in the region follow its lead. Rhode Islanders are ready to move forward with a similar system, and it’s time for Rhode Island's legislative leaders to allow a vote on the issue. If lawmakers continue to delay, the state will essentially forfeit significant economic opportunities to neighboring states like Massachusetts, including substantial tax revenue and good jobs."
An October poll commissioned by WPRI and Roger Williams Law School found likely Rhode Island voters in support of marijuana legalization by a 19-point margin, with 56 percent of respondents in favor and only 37 percent opposed.
In Massachusetts, adults 21 and older with a valid ID will be able to purchase up to one ounce of marijuana from licensed marijuana retail stores, of which no more than five grams can be in concentrate form. It will remain illegal to consume marijuana in public. Marijuana products sold for adult use will be subject to a 6.25 percent state sales tax and a 10.75 percent state excise tax, and municipal officials have the option of levying additional local taxes of up to 3 percent. A study released in June by the state Department of Public Health estimated adult marijuana sales would generate more than $200 million for the state and up to $3 million for local governments in the first two years alone.
“Marijuana prohibition is officially coming to an end in the Bay State, and it will not be missed,” said Schweich, who oversaw the successful Question 4 campaign in 2016. “Voters in Massachusetts wanted a more sensible policy, new tax revenue, and safer communities, and that is what they are going to get.
“Finally, adults will be able to purchase marijuana safely and legally in regulated, taxpaying businesses instead of resorting to the underground market,” Schweich said. “Adults will simply stop at a licensed store, show their ID, pay, and be on their way. It won’t be long before the novelty wears off and it feels just like buying alcohol from a liquor store.”
Marijuana possession has been legal for adults 21 and older in Massachusetts since Question 4 took effect on December 15, 2016. The initiative was approved by 53.7 percent of voters on November 8, 2016, and legislation to implement the initiative was signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker on July 28, 2017.
Voters in nine states, including Massachusetts, have enacted laws to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for adult use, and similar legislation was approved by lawmakers in the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands and signed into law in September. Lawmakers in Vermont and voters in D.C. have adopted laws making marijuana possession and cultivation legal for adults, but not regulating commercial production or sales.
Legal adult marijuana sales began in Colorado in January 2014; Washington in July 2014; Oregon in October 2015; Alaska in October 2016; Nevada in July 2017; and California in January 2018. In Maine, they are expected to begin in fall 2019. In Michigan, where the law was just adopted during the midterm election earlier this month, adult sales are expected to begin in 2020.
The Marijuana Policy Project is the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization. It has been a leading advocate for federal marijuana policy reform since its founding in 1995, and it has played a leading role in most major state-level reforms that have occurred over the past two decades. For more information, visit https://www.MPP.org.
In December of 2017, a big blown was dealt to rock fans everywhere with the passing of Smithereens founder and lead singer Pat DiNizio. While Smithereens fans were, and are, deeply saddened by Pat's passing they also overwhelmingly wanted the band to continue. Fast-forward to today, with the remaining original members of The Smithereens: Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken, and Mike Mesaros currently out on tour with singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw, who is sitting in as the band’s guest vocalist.
I caught up with the singer prior to the band's stop in Rhode Island
Tony Jones: What can folks who attend the upcoming gig expect, as far as material, is it strictly Smithereens tunes?
Marshall Crenshaw: Yes, Smithereens Only. I do my stuff at my shows; this is their show. It’s fun for me to play in their band..
Tony Jones: Your association with The Smithereens goes way back, tell us about that?
Marshall Crenshaw: I have known the guys since forever, played a little bit on their first album. At Pat’s memorial back in January it felt like a giant family-reunion. I sat in with the band for 3 songs that night; a little while after that they reached out to me about doing what we’re doing now.
Tony Jones: Are there any plans for you to record new music with The Smithereens?
Marshall Crenshaw: Not that I know of.
Tony Jones: What keeps bringing you back to touring?
Marshall Crenshaw: Playing music keeps my spirit intact. God knows what I would turn into if I stopped doing it. Maybe I will stop sometime but I’m not there yet.
Tony Jones: How do you prepare for a tour?
Marshall Crenshaw: I don’t always prepare, actually. Sometimes I just show up at the first gig and wing it from there..
Tony Jones: You and I both share a passion for independent radio, is there any chance that The Bottomless Pit will someday return to the airwaves?
Marshall Crenshaw: Ah, thanks for asking. The show went on hiatus in January so I could focus on a film production that I decided to attempt. Once I’ve completed that (unless I die trying), I’d like to do the show again, probably will.
Tony Jones: What advice would you give to new and up-and-coming bands and musicians?
Marshall Crenshaw: Be yourself.
The Smithereens tour hits Rhode Island on Saturday, November 17th at The Greenwich Odeum. Tickets are available at: http://www.greenwichodeum.com/
Donations to the Pat DiNizio Scholarship fund can made online at: http://www.countbasietheatre.org/commemorative-giving/ (Select “Pat DiNizio Musical Performance Scholarship” in the drop-down menu)
Tony Jones Show #202 - with music from: The Schemers, Josie Cotton, Evil Streaks, Russ Carrick, SexCoffee, Damone, Tony Jones & The Cretin 3, Koffin Kats, The Knock-Ups, Brunt of it, Candy Ambulance, The Safes, The Smithereens, The McGunks, Castle Black and, Flogging Molly
Talk about a case of be careful what you ask for, because you might get it. I complained about a non-fiction book I recently reviewed, saying that it ran wild with unverified facts and the author’s opinions substituted for historical truth. Well, those are not among the faults to be found in Andrew Grant Jackson’s new book “1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music.” Whether it has other faults depends upon how seriously a reader takes the subject of popular music. This book is footnoted and indexed. It also contains the best four-page summary of the Vietnam War I have ever read. If you are a music freak with a love of rock music and the soul of a librarian you will enjoy Jackson’s work. For those who hated school and couldn’t wait to escape back to the stereo in their bedroom or to the garage band practice space, I’d say check out something else.
I admit to bias on this question. I’m one of the garage band kids. But they gave me this book to review, and I’m going to review it. I also enjoy the study of history, and as I said, the author’s non-musical thumbnail sketches of events like Vietnam are excellent. I won’t argue about Jackson’s ‘Most Revolutionary’ subtitle, either. I could, and if I did, I’d use one of those 1950’s years that contained Little Richard, Wanda Jackson, Elvis, Chuck Berry, and Jerry Lee Lewis all making music at the same time. But the year 1965 included Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone,” and that song by itself brings a lot of weight to the argument. Besides, if you’re talking decades instead of years, the 1960’s wins the revolutionary award hands down, and ‘65 is as good a year to select from it as any.
“1965” is well-written and packed with information. It will help you in your next ‘best of’ argument with a fellow music geek. You know: who’s the best band, best guitarist, best vocalist. I’d look forward to a future book from Mr Jackson titled “Most Revolutionary Performer”. My vote would go to Little Richard, with runner-ups Elvis, David Bowie, and Lou Reed. I say this to encourage Mr Jackson. But lighten up a little next time around.
(Host of The Haunted Cabaret on RI Free Radio)
Vermin Supreme is best known as the internet meme/ wizard with a boot on his head. Since the eighties, he’s been campaigning on a platform of time-travel research, mandatory tooth-brushing and free ponies. He’s also a well-known activist.
During the 2016 Primaries, Vermin started bumping into Rod Webber, who became known for singing and praying with candidates like Jeb Bush and calling out Trump to his face. Supreme featured heavily in Webber’s documentary about the election “Flowers For Peace,” but soon Vermin needed a documentary of his own.
Supreme chases after Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and other political figures, challenging them to debate, and cornering them on their positions regarding free ponies and toothbrushing. At the conventions, Webber is raided by the FBI. Black Bloc clash with the alt-right, and things are tense. But Supreme and Webber patrol the streets making mirth and merriment, to deescalate.
By the end of the movie they find themselves in the middle of some very dangerous
situations at Standing Rock. As part of his campaigning, Supreme asks Sean Astin and Elijah Wood from “Lord of the Rings” to participate in a faux campaign commercial in which Narnia would wage war on Middle Earth.
“This Is Vermin Supreme” is a documentary about the man, the myth, the legend… Vermin
Supreme. In part, a follow-up to “Who is Vermin Supreme,” directed by Steve Onderick, the new film was culled together from footage pulled from Rod Webber’s “Flowers For Peace”
documentary covering the 2016 election.
For the uninitiated, Vermin Supreme is a political activist and satirist who rose to fame in 2012 after sprinkling glitter dust on his opponent at a debate during the New Hampshire primaries. He did so while wearing a boot on his head. Since the late 1980s he’s been campaigning on a platform of time-travel research, mandatory tooth-brushing laws and free ponies.
Aside from spurring countless memes, the glitter dust incident was made into a song by Joseph GordonLevitt and Songify The News, which only increased Vermin’s popularity, and has lead to appearances in indie films and seemingly non-stop news coverage during election years-- because, what better punchline than “Vermin Supreme?”
When the 2016 Primaries rolled along, Vermin started bumping into Rod Webber with his weird outfits and flowers in his beard, who became known for singing songs and praying for peace with the likes of Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, John McCain and John Kasich. Webber, it so happened, was filming a documentary, in which Supreme became a part. However, there was so much footage of Vermin, that it was decided he needed his own documentary.
Supreme, a master troll chases after Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and other political figures,
challenging them to debate him, and cornering them on their positions regarding free ponies. At one point, Webber and Supreme serenade Chris Christie with a cover of “Born to Run,” who as a result is afraid to come off of his tour bus. The next day, Christie dropped out of the race.
When the primaries wrapped up, Vermin came in fourth place just behind Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley. At the conventions, things get tense. 5000 police are militarized for the RNC, and on the third day, Webber is raided by the FBI. The Rev-Coms and Antifa clash with the alt-right, and militia groups on a the tail of the Dallas shooting bring another layer of tension. But, this is not Vermin Supreme’s first rodeo. He patrols the streets making mirth and merriment, and de-escalates what would have otherwise been dangerous situations. Amidst the flag-burnings, (which seemed to happen around the clock), Vermin got his hands on an American flag hat, and set it ablaze, declaring, “it’s not a flag, it’s just a hat.”
As part of his absurdist campaigning activities, Supreme put Webber to the task of tracking down Sean Astin and Elijah Wood from “Lord of the Rings” to ask them to participate in a faux campaign commercial in which the fictional land of Narnia would wage war with the people of Middle Earth. Supreme asked them to reprise their roles from the film series. Sean Astin very enthusiastically participated.
Music. It is something we all enjoy. On a daily basis. Its lyrics stay with us forever. Not to mention the beat. It is everything. It can affect our mood, our way of thinking and the decisions we make. For sure. We all know that music has a great effect on our mood. But, how does music affect our mood actually? Why does it even happen? Keep on reading and learn more about this phenomenon!
When did it all begin?Have you ever asked yourself this question? When was music invented? And by who? How did it sound in the beginning?
The origin of music:
Music is something that connects every known culture, and each and every one of us. Even the smallest tribes have their own version of music and ways of producing it. And that is exactly what makes scientists think that music has been present in the ancestral population prior to the dispersal of humans around the world. It sounds logical when you think about it. It really does. But, is there any truth to that statement? We can never be sure. What we can be sure of is that music is a major part of our lives. It is almost as if it was a part of us.
The exact origin of music is unknown, but scientists believe that it stems from sounds and rhythms that occur in nature. The origin of music might be in repeating these sounds in patterns. And as you can already imagine – the first instrument was quite simple. It was human voice. There were no instruments we know today. People used what they had. But, it seems like it was enough to start. Music spread very easily and was accepted in all parts of the world. Why wouldn’t it be? It affects our mood in the most beneficial way there is – it helps us cope with stress, get through hard times and enjoy the ones that make us smile. It is the help you need when moving, the sound you hear when your alarm sets of, your companion when driving and something you sing to your child to help it fall asleep. It is inside of us, and everywhere around us.
But, how does music affect our mood?Therapeutic and mood boosting benefits of music are something we all know about. Happy music brings joy, and sad music brings the feeling of comfort. It doesn’t matter what you need – music will provide you with it. But, the most important thing that makes it so easy for music to affect our mood is that we never have to be alone. We all have music on our team and by our side, always. Even when everything else falls – music is still there.
No matter if you are about to celebrate your new promotion, and your friends are not around or if you just got divorced and are quite unhappy with the fact you’ll have to go through life alone from now on. Because you won’t have to. Not when you have music by your side. It can bring you joy, comfort, happiness, help you go through hard times and sadness. It is always available and there for you. And that is the biggest effect music has on our mood. It makes us feel confident when we need it to.
Is it healthy?
Of course it is. But, if you misuse music – it can affect your mood in a bad way. Or you can damage your hearing by listening to loud music for extended periods of time. But, as you already know – balance is the key to everything. The same thing goes for music.
When you are sad
Music can cause us to feel comfort, relief, and enjoyment. On the other hand – it can make us feel sad. Very sad. It can cause negative feelings of profound grief, make us feel even more sad and blue. That is why you need to be careful. Make sure you choose your music carefully. Maybe today is not the right day for all these sad songs? You are the one that knows the answer to this question, so make sure you pick the sound and rhythm that will boost your mood, not make you feel even worse.
When you are happy
As you already know, people who listen to upbeat music could improve their mood and boost their happiness. You have experienced this feeling before, for sure. Everyone has. And it can come in handy. It really can. And for many reasons. So, if you need it - music can provide you with some therapeutic properties. All you have to do is to use it wisely. And if you are already happy – why not make it into even better experience?
Set your alarm and choose its sound wisely. Use your favorite song as your ringtone. Bring some joy into your life. Choose the best radio station there is for your bath time routine. Use your music in a way that will make your life better and your every day even more enjoyable.
Music has many properties. And one of them is that it can boost your productivity. By far. Our friends at JP Urban Moving say that music is a part of their everyday working routine. And that it helps a lot. Especially when dealing with hard, complex and time-consuming tasks such as moving house or even business facilities. Music has a way of making things better and more enjoyable. And it can make even the most dreadful tasks into positive experiences. So, stay tuned and enjoy our top picks!
NYC electro-punk-rock duo Dirty Heretics dropped a new single "Hey Kevin" today. The track comes as a follow-up to the band's debut self-titled EP, released earlier this spring, and showcase to their quickly developing hybrid sound. Full of layered guitar riffs and soaring, powerful vocals, "Hey Kevin" provides an intense and emotional outcry against the suppression of one's own identity. It premiered on Live A Little Bit Louder.
The band shared, "While “Kevin” was inspired by a real person, he really represents working for The Man and loathing every minute of it. It’s perhaps our most punk message ever, don’t put up with anyone telling you how to wear your makeup, or put their words in your mouth. Own your freak, and don’t give a shit if anyone else feels uncomfortable with it."
The single comes as a follow-up to the band's debut release and self-titled EP, released in April. The band carefully curated four tracks for their first release, as a dynamic introduction to the duo's sound. "Our songs are always a hybrid of genres such as breakbeat and dark funk, electro and punk, industrial and thrash. We try to go for a sound that does not sound like anything else, and to make timeless songs." As with "Hey Kevin", the band recorded all tracks in their home studios. For the EP, they turned to Richard Salino of Studio G in Brooklyn for mixing and had it mastered by Ladytree Studios in Philadelphia, PA.
The band also released their debut music video in April, for the track "Black and Blue". It was directed and filmed by Alexo Wandael, and shot in Brooklyn. Starting in a slow and haunting pace, the track utilized sonic elements of industrial, funk, Turkish folk and breakbeat for a unique and ethereal sound before kicking into high tempo. Grabbing the listeners attention, both song and video have a strong message to relay. "The subject matter is dark, uncomfortable, and unfortunately very real, as it is based on a family friend, Sterling Spiers who passed away in 2015 from a heroin overdose. After seeing the heartbreak he and his family suffered at the hands of addiction, we knew we had to shine a light on the opioid epidemic, and do our part to further awareness of this issue."
The band's EP Dirty Heretics, and new single "Hey Kevin" are available everywhere today including Spotify and Apple Music.
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