Music

5 Legendary Live Music Performances

A recent study conducted by the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index involving 1000 participants concluded that live music events are associated with higher levels of subjective wellbeing. The telephone survey pointed specifically to the communal element of these musical engagements, such as concerts and festivals, and that the feeling of unity and shared experience contributes to a more positive disposition.

It can be argued that hearing music in a live setting is essential to the human experience, as music has historically been a part of human life for over 36,000 years. The performance aspect of live music ensures a certain amount of vulnerability your LP can’t quite capture. It can be a momentous, “I was there” event that can be one of the happiest memories of your life. As a society, certain moments in music history live in the minds and hearts of all, and are as legendary as the artists themselves.

1. The first time Michael Jackson did the moonwalk.
The 1983 TV special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever is immortalized as the first time Michael Jackson did the moonwalk to his smash hit “Billie Jean” in front of an audience. The history of the moonwalk hardly starts with the King of Pop, and It’s also worth noting that since Jackson wanted to depart from the motown theme of the night, he lip synched the performance as opposed to letting the live motown band do a rendition that he felt wouldn’t capture the groove of the song. Yet, Michael Jackson still made the performance his own, captivating the audience and the world for a brief, extraterrestrial moment.

2. The Beatles’ American debut on the Ed Sullivan Show.
The year was 1964. A four-piece band from Liverpool had exploded onto the scene, creating a mass hysteria akin to the hype around Elvis a decade ago. They caught the attention of America’s most popular variety show host Ed Sullivan, and booked the band for what would be one of the most monumental music events in history. 73 million people tuned in to watch, and from that point on, Beatlemania had arrived stateside.

3. Elvis Presley’s Performance of Hound Dog on The Milton Berle Show.
Rock and roll took America by storm in the ‘50s, shocking conservative parents and igniting rebellious teenage angst like never before. This particular performance on the Milton Berle Show was the country’s first glimpse of Elvis’ pelvis after being hidden away by his acoustic guitar on previous performances. For the times, it was raunchy and incendiary, but nonetheless a turning point for American pop culture.

4. Prince’s Super Bowl XLI Halftime performance
Anyone familiar with Prince’s overall presence and entity know that he is somewhat of a superhuman figure. His performance of Purple Rain at the 2007 Super Bowl was nothing less than a cosmic event, as the show occurred during a quintessential Florida downpour. It goes down as a performance where nature, music, and man became one for a brief moment.

5. Janis Joplin’s debut performance at Monterey Pop.
Janis Joplin goes down as one of the most legendary female rock figures of the last century. Her passion and exceptional musical ability was always present in her performances, and she exploded onto the famed Summer of Love music scene with her set at Monterey Pop ‘67, two months before Woodstock ‘67. Her performance of Ball and Chain, a bluesy song brimming with melancholy, left many in the crowd open-mouthed knowing they had witnessed the birth of an icon.

In a world that is increasingly becoming dangerously polarized, these moments of harmony among people of all color and credence are all the more precious.

Three Songs That Have Happy In The Title

If you’re feeling down in the dumps, then perhaps the best way to elevate your mood is with a favorite song. Then again, you might be better served in a search for new music, which is a deeply satisfying quest by itself. Why turn to music, though? A number of great reasons exist: music can reduce depression, help you sleep better, make you happier, and even enhance your exercise regimen–which can make your mood even better. Here are three songs that have “happy” right in the title!

The song “Happy Days” by Pratt & McClain, or Brother Love, was used for the opening theme song of the same-titled TV show, a sitcom made in the 70s. It wasn’t used until the third season, but this chorus-song version was as much a hit as the Pratt & McClain version, which made it to number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It’s impossible to think of songs with Happy in the title without thinking of this song. And in our opinion, this song was much better than Rock-A-Round The Clock. 

When “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” was first vocalized by Brenda Holloway, the original composer, it did all right. When Blood, Sweat & Tears, a band based in Phoenix, played their version with frontman David Clayton Thomas, it hit number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart–smashing Holloway’s record that had previously held at number 39.

Everyone loves a good bit of gospel. Well, maybe not everyone, but that didn’t stop The Edwin Hawkins Singers from realizing a version of an eighteenth-century hymn you might recognize called “Oh Happy Day” that came out in 1969. It made it to number four on charts at the time. It was used in several more contemporary movies such as Big Momma’s House and Nutty Professsor II: The Klumps and Secretariat.

Three songs isn’t that many, so here’s an honorable mention: “Shiny Happy People” performed by R.E.M. came out in 1991. Although R.E.M. is still widely known, this song was the last one that made it to the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.

We’ve all been there. Sometimes it’s good to get outdoors and take a short break from the harsh reality of a long workday, and sometimes we just need a quick pick-me-up from the daily grind. Music can reduce stress, help you manage eating habits, enhance your capacity for learning new things, relax you before a rough surgery and improve recovery time afterward, help you recall old memories, reduce pain, raise IQ, and keep your brain healthier for longer. Music isn’t just something we love–it’s something we need, and you shouldn’t miss out on the great songs that are out there just waiting to be heard, new and old alike.

Why the Beatles are the Best Band of All Time

Everyone has different tastes in music. But, whether you like classical music, jazz or rock and roll, you probably have a favorite Beatles song. It would seem everyone in the world has at least one. We understand that musical tastes are subjective. But with all the Beatles worldwide hits in their short time as a band in the 1960s, their constant airplay, video games like Beatles Rockband, movies like Help, Hard Day’s Night and Yellow Submarine, countless documentaries on Beatlemania, online radio stations and blogs dedicated to them… it is clear they are the world’s best if not just one of the world’s best. Can you think of any other band that has this much love and adoration across the world?

Their charm as individual people also made them favorites the world over. It is possible to utter the names of John, Paul, George and Ringo at any place around the globe and any person of any age would know just who you are talking about.

The Beatles offered some of the greatest songwriting of the 20th Century with Lennon and McCartney writing such great hits as She Loves You, All You Need is Love and Let it Be. Even George Harrison’s compositions such as Something have become mainstays of everyday airplay on radio stations for decades. And don’t forget about Ringo’s only hit Octopus’s Garden!

The Beatles music is being celebrated more than 50 years after it came on the scene. That it has never diminished in popularity or power goes to show just why they are the best band ever.

Even though John and George have passed, and John lost his life ironically to a crazed fan, the remaining Beatles still tour the world over to the delight of millions of fans of every generation playing Beatles music to their hearts delight. Numerous cover bands and Broadway shows have been dedicated to The Beatles which is why, in our humble opinion The Beatles are the best band of all time!

Relieving Stress By Listening To Music

Just about anyone can tell you how music can have a calming, soothing effect. There is actually a unique link to human emotion, so music can be a wonderfully effective tool for stress management.

Music is known for having a dramatic effect on both the body and the mind. Any music with a faster tempo can help you to concentrate better and make you feel much more alert. Music that is upbeat is good for making you feel a lot more positive and optimistic about life. Slower tempo music can bring about a calm, quiet feeling for your mind while relaxing your muscles to help you release stress from your day. Because of this, many people who tend to suffer from stress and anxiety will look to the help of music to give them some much-needed relief.

Whenever someone is stressed, there can be the tendency to avoid listening to music actively. Some may think that it is a waste of time and nothing that will help them achieve anything. However, research has shown that productivity can increase whenever stress is reduced. All you have to do is work on incorporating music into your regular lifestyle and you will find that it can have a dramatic impact on your stress levels.

If you are looking at getting involved in music for meditation to relieve stress, you will find that there are different tempos that are just right for helping to slow your mind down to initiate the relaxation response. For many people, music that is mixed in with the sounds of nature can prove to offer incredible results. When you want to be able to cut back on stress, you might just find that there is a particular musical style that is going to suit you best and give you the soothing, calming effect you are looking for.