Sondra Prill

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Healing with Music


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) brought together musicians, music therapists, and neuroscientists to tap into the brain and figure out how music could heal the sick.  Yes, you read that right – heal, not soothe.  We know music soothes us, whether we’re in a hospital or feeling grumpy at home, but what if it could do more?  What if combining music and science revealed ways that health actually improved by listening or creating music? There are all sorts of ways this could play out.  For example, a neuroscientist and dance professor are trying to find out if the music and movement in an improvisational dance class might enhance the brain’s neural networks in Alzheimer’s patients.  Or did you know that sometimes stroke survivors who can’t speak can sing, and music therapy can help them retrain brain pathways to communicate?  How fantastic!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Time Travel with the Beatles

Sir Peter Jackson, perhaps best known for his work with the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, is taking on a new project: creating the latest Beatles documentary. Jackson will use 55 hours of never-before-seen footage, and 140 hours of audio to give viewers a “fly on the wall” type experience. We don’t know what fascinating moments will unfurl throughout the feature-length film, but Jackson has said the narrative negates the claims that the Beatles were full of discord and strife during their last months of being a band.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The People Behind the Music


Have you been singing Christmas carols since September?  Or did you only recently break into the holiday music?  Have you played your favorite over and over, or are you content to let the radio guide your selection?  Whether you sing along on sandbanks, or during snow flurries, while the kettle’s whistling or while shopping for presents, we bet you could do it almost without thinking.  Next time one of these well-known tunes pops into your head, you might enjoy knowing exactly where it came from.  Check out this list for the stories behind ten popular carols.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Halloween’s Chaotic Fun


We’re only a few short weeks from Halloween and it’s hard to believe the end of October is almost here.  Do you have any traditions you’ll be pulling out for October 31, or other fall traditions you might have already enjoyed?  Pumpkin picking, apple picking, homemade donuts, candy, costumes, spooky movies and haunted houses.  There’s so much to choose from!  

Here are two fun articles to enjoy while you make your plans: The Origins of 15 Spooky Halloween Traditions and 12 Halloween Traditions From Around the World.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Long Lost Song Resurfaces


Forty-five years ago, Mick Jagger and Carly Simon recorded a slow love ballad believed to be called “Fragile.”  The song has never been heard – until now.  Rolling Stones collector Matt Lee found the song on a tape.  It wasn’t too long ago that Simon discussed the song.  She mentioned it in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine published two years ago, and even sang a few lines.  Lee sent a copy of the song to Rolling Stone as they promised to give it to Simon.  Bring on the memories!

Monday, June 25, 2018

World Cup Madness


June 14th was the kick-off for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, held in Russia.  For weeks leading up to the event, fans listened to this year’s official song ‘Live It Up,’ but there’s now an official music video to watch as well.  The song is sung by Nicky Jam and features Will Smith and Era Istrefi, and has over 17 million plays on YouTube.  It’s always great to have the perfect tune heightening the excitement!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Tony Award Nominations 2018


The Tony Award nominations are out, and you probably recognize the two most nominated shows – even if you’ve never set foot in a Broadway performance venue.  Mean Girls and Spongebob Squarepants: The Musical both earned a dozen nominations.  Has anyone seen them?  Had any of their catchy songs stuck in your heads for days?  Go to YouTube for a first look at Mean Girls and Spongebob.  You can see the full list of nominations here.