Effects of Music on the Mind

77The study of how music affects the mind has been a subject of interest for many. The interconnection between music and the physical and mental health of human beings has been researched on since long. Research has concluded that music does have positive effects on our mind. It has the power of healing certain ailments. Indian classical music has been found to have the strongest healing powers. Music has a calming effect on the mind. It is known to speed the recovery of health ailments. It helps fight anxiety and has a soothing effect on the brain.
Effects of Music on the Mental State
Fights Depression
Feeling depressed, gloomy or inadequate? Soothing music can help you. Depression reduces brain activity and hampers the mind’s ability to plan and carry out tasks. Lack of the neurotransmitter Serotonin, results in a depressed state of mind. Soothing musical notes help increase the Serotonin levels of the brain, thus alleviating mental depression. Natural musical notes are known to make the mind alert.

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The Astounding Durability Of The Rolling Stones

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The Rolling Stones are a British rock band that has existed a long time by any scale, with a career now spanning five ten-year periods. The band has both figured out ways to stay relevant and been extremely consistent. The vitality and passion present on a Rolling Stones vinyl from the classic rock era is still to be found on a CD offering from the last ten years. The unit still quickly sells out shows on its comprehensive world tours. It is the nearest thing to a rock institution that exists.

Having banded together at the beginning of the 1960’s, the Stones found themselves able to take advantage of the British Invasion phenomenon to gain a following worldwide. The discrepancy between the Stones and the majority of groups in the movement, though, was that their sound, from the get-go, was highly influenced by blues and R&B. In the middle years of the decade, they were using a combination of rock, jazz, and folk. They proceeded to try out psychedelia for the timeframe of a single release before moving back to a bluesier sound, although this was tinged with more country and pure rock than their initial sound.

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Jimmy Miller, The Music Studio Producer

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Unfortunately not from this world anymore, Jimmy Miller rose to fame as a music studio producer in the late 1960’s after producing a string of albums propelling the Rolling Stones to a whole new level. His insight as a musician and his ability to create a unique sound for every project he has ever worked on made Jimmy Miller a uniquely qualified producer with a highly successful career. He is still deeply mourned in the musical community many years after his death and his input in music history has forever changed the sound of rock & roll.

Born in the legendary Brooklyn, in New York City, on March 23rd 1942, Jimmy Miller became acquainted with music very quickly. Coming from an artistic family, with his father being an entertainment director, Miller took it upon himself to learn the drums and various percussion instruments. He soon became a skilled musician, which would later serve him rather well as a producer. One of the things that did made Miller a sought-after producer was his ability to play exactly the sound he wanted on the drums instead of simply talking and explaining his way through it like many other music producers of the time.

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The Influence and Legacy of the Rolling Stones

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The Rolling Stones are widely recognized as one of the most influential rock n’ roll bands of all time. They have become the favorite band of generations and generations of fans who love rock n’roll music, from grandparents to parents to their kids, and even in some cases their children! It’s amazing how music can speak to all kinds of age groups, no matter how old it is.

The Rolling Stones are a British rock band that was formed during the early 1960s. The band we know today consists of four members, but the original line-up was made up of six members in total – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Ian Stewart and Charlie Watts. Jagger and Richards have almost always been known as the anchors of the band, as they are the chief songwriters and faces of the band, and really lend a lot of personality and spunk to the group. The band first became popular in their native Europe, but as rock n’roll music spread across the world, particularly British groups, they gained mass popularity in the United States as well. The band has released a whopping, unbelievable 22 albums in total, with over 200 million copies sold worldwide – and they continue to produce new music! Their last new studio album with brand new, previously unreleased content was A Bigger Bang, released in 2005.

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Album Review – The Rolling Stones, A Bigger Bang (2005)

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The first album by the Rolling Stones in eight years, A Bigger Bang is simply the best Rolling Stones album since Some Girls (if not Exile On Main Street) and one of their best ever. A Bigger Bang is not a classicist effort, an attempt to sound modern, nor is it a calculated effort. This album is the sound of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts playing like they did in their 20s, as this foursome has finally gelled in their 60s (sorry, Wood was 58)!

Containing sixteen tracks in all, A Bigger Bang has the appearance of a double album along the lines of Exile On Main Street but hardly has the feel of one as there is an individual song structure. “Rough Justice,” “It Won’t Take Long,” “She Saw Me Coming,” “Oh No, Not You Again,” “Dangerous Beauty,” “Look What The Cat Dragged In,” and “Driving Too Fast” are all simply great rock ‘n’ roll by the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band. “Rain Fall Down”is not only a rock song, it even has a beat that you can dance to, and I doubt this was intended by the group. “Streets Of Love” is one of their best ballads while “Let Me Down Slow,” “Biggest Mistake” and “Laugh, I Nearly Died” are among their most heart wrenching and revealing songs. “Back Of My Hand” is some of their best blues while “Sweet Neo Con” is not only great blues but is also one of their most political tracks as it takes a swipe at the U.S. government apparatus in place at the time. And of course there, are two winners by Keith Richards, the sentimental “This Place Is Empty” and the menacing closer “Infamy.” Not only is this one of the best Stones’ albums ever, it’s possibly the best straight-forward rock album of the 2000s.

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