Celebrities perform “Fight Song” for a video played at the Democratic National Convention. It’s Hillary Clinton’s fight song, but some listeners don’t have a lot of fight left in them. Before and after the Democratic nominee takes the stage at rallies, her campaign inevitably plays the 2015 pop hit “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten.
The rock band Third Eye Blind frustrated some guests at a charity concert held during the Republican National Convention on Tuesday. In tweets posted on the official Third Eye Blind account, the band indicated it was pleased the show upset some in the audience. “I have never been more disappointed,” wrote a Twitter user named Liza White.
Jeffrey Ding He has been posting violin videos on YouTube since 2011, but his latest cover — playing John Williams’s “Force Theme” from Star Wars with a special-effects bow that looks like a light saber — has gotten the most attention by far. Since it appeared on Jan. 9, it has more than 40,000 views and counting.
This month, more than 20 albums after Raffi’s seminal Baby Beluga first took toddlers by storm, the children’s troubadour will release a brand-new one: Owl Singalong. The jubilant mix of covers (“Garden Song,” “Abiyoyo,” “Somos el Barco”) and originals (“Green Dream,” “See the Moon”) hits stores on Jan. 15 (preorder here). But until then, Yahoo Parenting is exclusively premiering the album, streaming above.
Facing the world each morning can be difficult when you live with a mental illness. Depression, specifically, can make everyday tasks seem daunting. Getting out of bed and out the door can be a major accomplishment. And although music can’t cure depression (we wish), it’s scientifically proven to reduce stress and even depressive symptoms.
“The effect of music on the brain or body depends in part on its genre,” Frank A. Russo, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Ryerson University, tells Yahoo Health. Research published in the Journal of Positive Psychology shows that listening to upbeat music improves mood, with one catch — it only works if you have the desire to be happy. Test subjects who listened to the upbeat music without feeling an urge to be happy did not see their moods change.
If you’ve got a particular personality type, you might be predisposed to be musically skilled. If you’ve ever taken music lessons, you’ve had it drilled into your head that “practice makes perfect.” But is that really all there is to it? According to a new study in the Journal of Research in Personality, your musical ability could also be hinged on something a little more engrained: your personality. Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Goldsmiths, University of London, in the U.K., in conjunction with the BBC, put more than 7,000 people through a series of musical tests, including melodic memory and rhythmic perception tests. These were then linked to their scores on a Big Five personality trait test, which examined people’s scores on the traits of openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Among the findings: The trait of openness is a key predictor of musical ability.
“Or if you criticize yourself for making a mistake —either way, you will never have enough confidence to try anything new or expand your repertoire.” She adds that the key to opening yourself creatively — whether it’s doing something different on-the-job or taking a chance on the dance floor — is learning to take in constructive criticism, not destructive criticism. “Constructive criticism is when we see we’re awkward, so we can identify the problem and find a solution,” says Plumez.