Today’s post is all about music and the holidays!
That feeling of unity experienced when singing or playing instruments with others is real! Interbrain networks do emerge when making music together — this has now been demonstrated by scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. The scientists used electrodes to trace the brain waves of guitarists playing in duets. They also observed substantial differences in the musicians’ brain activity, depending upon whether musicians were leading or following their companion.
Anderson, a pioneer in women’s music, offers a variety of interesting ideas for musicians of all levels. Gift suggestions include a pick stamp, a clamp-on music stand, money for lessons and babysitting, and a Zoom digital recorder (which I can attest is great).
Another right-on post on holiday gift-giving for musicians by Anderson, this one more basic than the previous link and aimed at helping non-musicians buy the perfect gift for their loved one’s skill level and interests.
Four archival recordings on a Christmas theme, including “Silent Night” and “Santa Claus Lives In Your Phonograph.” Recorded between 1904 and 1925.
If your old-timey Christmas music needs are a bit more contemporary, this site posts in November and December each year about kitschy albums from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Often links to sound files are included.