How Music Makes Us Feel Better

Both partners have invested capital in the business, according to Mr. Jafar, and have signed an agreement with the Dubai government to bring Dubai Music Week to the emirate for five years, as well as two other festivals called Dubai Rocks and Dubai Classics, which will launch early next year. Siedah Garrett singing I Just Cant Stop Loving You at Dubai Music Week, hosted by Quincy Jones A project such as Dubai Music Week does have tremendous potential for social impact and has the potential to be profitable in the long term, says Mr. Jafar, who booked Will.i.am, Timbaland and Selena Gomez for the main concerts this year, but plans to book more niche, lesser well-known acts for Dubai Rocks and Dubai Classics. The move to offer bands or acts that have not necessarily shot to global stardom yet is a fairly new trend in Dubai, as expats and citizens have generally been viewed as having less sophisticated musical palates than other markets. Yes, many acts with blockbuster appeal have been booked in the past year Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Katy Perry and Alicia Keys but promoters are also signing smaller bands that have a more niche appeal, such as The Lumineers and Of Monsters and Men, who are supporting The Killers at the Sandance festival. When it comes to acts that are less commercial in their pull, then festivals work better, explains Thomas Ovesen, chief operating officer at Done Events, the promoter that booked The Lumineers for a new festival it is organising in February called RedFest DXB, in conjunction with Virgin Radio Dubai. Mr. Ovesen hopes to sign up more smaller acts and sell 20,000 tickets at 250 U.A.E. dirhams ($68) to AED300 over two days to break even. He says Dubai is still paying a premium for artists due to its global glitzy image.

Music Institute of Chicago Celebrates Chicago Jazz Legend Benny Goodman

Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Each year, the Music Institutes teachers and arts therapists reach thousands of students and clients of all ages and levels of experience. The Music Institute opens a new location this fall at Fourth Presbyterian Churchs Gratz Center in downtown Chicago. Other Music Institute locations include Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, and Downers Grove. In addition, the Music Institute is proud of its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools through its Arts Link program. The Music Institute offers lessons, classes, and programs in four distinct areas: the Community School, Academy, Institute for Therapy through the Arts, and Nichols Concert Hall. The Music Institute of Chicagos festival celebrating Benny Goodman takes place Friday and Saturday, November 1 and 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Tickets for the performances are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $10 for students, available online or 847.905.1500 ext. 108. The screening of The Benny Goodman Story is Saturday, November 2 at 3 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall; admission is $10.

Their conclusions would be limited: the patients were a group of laboratory mice. Still, the Tokyo researchers had high hopes; how the mice responded could be a step toward improving the recovery process from difficult medical procedures. The idea that music can have therapeutic value is far from new: in ancient Egypt, chant therapies were seen as integral to the healing process, while in ancient Greece, both Aristotle and Plato embraced its beneficial properties, writing that it could help people become better human beings and overcome emotional difficulties during the process of catharsis. The first major movement in modern psychology, psychoanalysis, held that music could offer an effective means of sublimationexpressing inappropriate desires in socially appropriate waysand greater access to a patients unconscious. More recent approaches have included playing music in hospital wards and waiting areas to help improve patients mood and their physical well-being. And we listen to music constantly in everyday life: we flip on Pandora or Spotify to set the mood for drinks with friends, a romantic date, or a workout. Music can psych us up before an important meeting, or calm us down after a stressful conversation. It can even help us vent our anger or express our love, as anyone who has ever created a mix for a significant otherand then a break-up mix when things didnt quite work outcan tell you. In a review of over eighty studies on the use of music in therapeutic settings, the pediatrician Kathi Kemper and the psychologist Suzanne Danhauer concluded that music had multiple direct physiological effects: steady rhythms helped regulate breathing and elicited increased activity in the lateral temporal lobe, an area of the brain that helps integrate sensory inputs. In particular, classical music helped improve heart-rate variability, a measure of stress and resilience, while relaxing music led to decreased levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, in a group of students who were engaged in stressful activities. Music had, as well, more indirect effects on both emotion and behavior, making people happier, more relaxed, less anxious, and less overwhelmed. As a result of both the physiology and the psychology, the authors concluded, music was an effective way of improving outcomes for patients who had undergone surgery, or, indeed, any medical procedure. Since Kemper and Danhauers initial review, conducted eight years ago, the data have grown even stronger. Music has now been used therapeutically for a number of diseases, including dementia, schizophrenia, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and cerebral ischemia.

Music Review: Kings of Leon tame themselves in 6th studio album, ‘Mechanical Bull’

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By Associated Press, Three years after the Kings of Leons last record, the edgy, gravely rock foursome return in top shape with Mechanical Bull. The album takes the bands unique sound the recognizable longing guitars and Caleb Followills growl and adds a hint of melancholy and a stillness that gives the songs an aura of contentment. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Nervy desire and wildness is still present in their music, most prominently in Tonight, with its sexy vibes of earlier hits that hinted at mad tumbling into lust, and in the obsessive strummings of Wait for Me. The playful notes of the first single, Supersoaker, set the tone, adding a sense of giddiness to the proceedings. Dont Matter goes full-on rock in the beginning but is gradually imbued with a hint of Billy Joel. Temple starts out noisily and morphs into the confident stage presence of a rock star. Beautiful War rounds up the sound with a heartfelt ballad that showcases Calebs voice. And Family Tree sounds like an old man trying to give advice to the young, who think they know better than everyone else. Despite tackling the familiar themes of drunken nights and tentative love, the songs weave the story of a man who knows the meaning of being lost and who has finally been found. Mechanical Bull isnt the anguished edgy ride youd expect from Kings of Leon but a fun, stirring experience you dont want to end. ____ Follow Cristina Jaleru on Twitter: http://twitter.com/cristinelle7 Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.