Friday, August 30, 2013

The joys and benefits of music

There is music everywhere we go these days; in the car, in the grocery store, even in the elevator, but how often do we actually sing with friends or relatives or play an instrument ourselves? 

Some of us are old enough to remember singing folk songs while a talented friend or relative played the guitar or piano.  If you are one of these lucky people you probably remember how much fun that was.  Looking forward to that gathering and performance was a great motivator. If you were the musician you practiced until you had the song down perfectly so you could accompany the singers without a mistake.

Why not plan a sing-along and revive this tradition in your family or with your friends? 

The library has many books and tapes to help you practice up on those old songs and instruments.  Here are a few to consider:

Singing and instrumental music are important to our mental development as you'll learn if you read The Universal Sense: How hearing shapes the mind by Seth Horowitz.

Learn about how important music is to our social development by reading America The Beautiful: The stirring true story behind our nation's favorite song, or Go Down Moses: A celebration of the African-American Spiritual by Richard Newman. 

Perhaps a real talent will emerge from your sing-along sessions and you'll want to break into the music business. Well, we have books to help you with that too - just let us know when you are ready.

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