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Saagar Enjeti: Media, Public Health Officials SHOULD APOLOGIZE For Lockdown Hypocrisy After Protests

By Saager Enjeti | The Hill

Saagar Enjeti blasts establishment figures for their back and forth messaging on coronavirus outbreaks after George Floyd protests sweeped the nation.

Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield, Massachusetts and New England (USA) & “virtually” the world. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.

 




Dolly Parton’s New Song: “When Life is Good Again”

By Dolly Parton | Youtube

Most everyone knows the name, Dolly Parton. She is an iconic singer, instrumentalist, and actor, with a career that has spanned 6 decades (and soon to be seven decades). She is a gifted and award-winning singer/songwriter, too, with many classic songs in different genres. She is equally adept at solo material and duets. Most recently, she has brought her immense musical talents to write a song which speaks to the current pandemic. The song (with video below) is inspirational and full of hope, and may just be the balm you need today.

 

Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield, Massachusetts and New England (USA) & “virtually” the world. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.




Neil Sedaka … To Brighten Your Day

By Robert O’Leary

Neil Sedaka is a prolific and successful singer/songwriter, and piano player. Baby boomers may be fans, or at least familiar with the man and his music. His songwriting behind the scenes is likely less well-known. During the time of this pandemic, Sedaka, now in his early 80’s, has begun to share his music freely with the world in 10 to 15 minute videos every couple of days (and sometimes every day) for the nearly last 2 months. He began to do it because fans have shared with him how much his music makes them feel better – in times of stress and in general. This prompted him to begin making these videos. Below are his videos from May 20th to May 22nd, and his first one, from April 6, 2020.

Sedaka’s music originals were reportedly lost in the Universal fire of 2008. Were there other original copies, kept elsewhere I do not know? In any case, to me these videos become more valuable to us because they are glimpses into history from the man who lived it. I am happy to share this posting with the readers because I believe that we should cherish the inventive people in our pasts while they are still here; and not just rekindle an interest in them and their creations when they are gone. Sedaka is a humble genius whose music stands the test of time, and can bring an immediate smile to your face. I have believed this since I was a kid in the 1970’s.

Fortunately, these days you don’t have to rely on a lucky chance to recognize talent. Any parent can purchase a small synth for their child and after a while it will become clear if your child has a penchant for music. Our friends researched the market and compiled a list of budget piano keyboards for kids.

Below the videos are entries from Wikipedia.org for those who are interested in learning more about Neil Sedaka. You can also look to his website, www.neilsedaka.com for more information.Without further ado, here are some wonderful Neil Sedaka videos:

Here is a video from May 22, 2020:

Here is one from May 21 2020:

And here is yet another one, from May 20, 2020 (which I particularly appreciated as it was my birthday):

Finally, here is his first video from April 6, 2020:

And here is what Wikipedia has to say about Neil Sedaka:

Neil Sedaka (born March 13, 1939) is an American pop singer, pianist, composer and record producer. Since his music career began in 1957 as a short-lived founding member of the Tokens, he has sold millions of records as an artist and has written or co-written over 500 songs for himself and others, collaborating mostly with lyricists Howard Greenfield and Phil Cody.

Early life: Juilliard and the Brill Building

Sedaka was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Mac Sedaka, was a taxi driver and a Sephardic Jew of Lebanese descent[1][2][3] whose parents came to the United States from Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1910.[4][5][6] Sedaka’s mother, Eleanor (née Appel), was an Ashkenazi Jew of Polish and Russian descent. He grew up in Brighton Beach, on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean.[7] Sedaka was a first cousin of the singer Eydie Gormé.[8]

He demonstrated musical aptitude in his second-grade choral class, and when his teacher sent a note home suggesting he take piano lessons, his mother took a part-time job in an Abraham & Straus department store for six months to pay for a second-hand upright. In 1947, he auditioned successfully for a piano scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music‘s Preparatory Division for Children, which he attended on Saturdays. His mother wanted him to become a classical pianist like his contemporary Van Cliburn, but Sedaka was discovering pop music. When Sedaka was 13, a neighbor heard him playing and introduced him to her 16-year-old son, Howard Greenfield, an aspiring poet and lyricist. They became two of the Brill Building‘s composers.

Sedaka and Greenfield wrote songs together throughout much of their young lives. When Sedaka became a major teen pop star, the pair continued writing hits for Sedaka and numerous other artists. When the Beatles and the British Invasion took American music in a different direction, Sedaka was left without a recording career. In the early 1970s, he decided a major change in his life was necessary and moved his family to Britain. Sedaka and Greenfield mutually agreed to end their partnership with “Our Last Song Together”. Sedaka began a new composing partnership with lyricist Phil Cody, from Pleasantville, New York.

Rise to fame with RCA Victor: the late 1950s

After graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School, Sedaka and some of his classmates formed a band called the Linc-Tones. The band had minor regional hits with songs like “While I Dream”, “I Love My Baby”, “Come Back, Joe”, and “Don’t Go”, before Sedaka launched his solo career and left the group in 1957. The Linc-Tones, later renamed the Tokens after Sedaka’s departure, went on to have four top-40 hits of their own without Sedaka. Sedaka’s first three solo singles, “Laura Lee”, “Ring-a-Rockin'”, and “Oh, Delilah!” failed to become hits (although “Ring-a-Rockin'” earned him the first of many appearances on Dick Clark‘s American Bandstand), but they demonstrated his ability to perform as a solo singer, so RCA Victor signed him to a recording contract.[citation needed]

His first single for RCA Victor, “The Diary“, was inspired by Connie Francis, one of Sedaka and Greenfield’s most important clients, while the three were taking a temporary break during their idea-making for a new song. Francis was writing in her diary, Sedaka asked if he could read it, and Connie said no. After Little Anthony and the Imperials passed on the song, Sedaka recorded it himself, and his debut single hit the Top 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 14 in 1958.[citation needed]

His second single, a novelty tune titled “I Go Ape“, just missed the Top 40, peaking at No. 42 but it became a more successful single in the United Kingdom with a No. 9. The third single, “Crying My Heart Out for You“, was a commercial failure, missing the Hot 100 entirely, peaking at No. 111 but it reached No. 6 on the pop charts in Italy. RCA Victor had lost money on “I Go Ape” and “Crying My Heart Out For You” and was ready to drop Sedaka from their label. But Sedaka’s manager, Al Nevins, persuaded the RCA executives to give him one more chance.[citation needed]

Sedaka then bought the three biggest hit singles of the time and listened to them repeatedly, studying the song structure, chord progressions, lyrics and harmonies before writing his next songs.[citation needed]Oh! Carol” delivered Sedaka his first domestic Top 10 hit, reaching No. 9 on the Hot 100 in 1959 and going to No. 1 on the Italian pop charts in 1960, giving Sedaka his first No. 1 ranking. In the UK, the song spent a total of 17 weeks in the top 40, peaking at No. 3 (4 weeks).[9] In addition, the B-side, “One Way Ticket“, reached No. 1 on the pop charts in Japan. Sedaka had dated Carole King when he was still at high school, which gave him the idea to use her name in the song. Gerry Goffin – King’s husband – took the tune, and wrote the playful response “Oh! Neil”, which King recorded and released as an unsuccessful single the same year.[10][11][12] Thus, this was the only time the melody of the song was used by a popular artist and a future sensation around the same time.

Big hits in the early 1960s

After establishing himself in 1958, Sedaka wrote many more hits from 1960 to 1962. His flow of Top 30 hits during this period included: “Stairway to Heaven” (No. 9, 1960); “You Mean Everything to Me” (No. 17, 1960); “Run, Samson, Run” (No. 27, 1960); “Calendar Girl” (No. 4, 1961; also reached No. 1 on the Japanese and Canadian pop charts); “Little Devil” (No. 11, 1961); “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen” (No. 6, 1961); his signature song, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” (No. 1, two weeks: August 11 and 18, 1962); and “Next Door to an Angel” (No. 5, 1962). Singles not making the Top 30 during this period included “Sweet Little You” (No. 59, 1961) and “King of Clowns” (No. 45, 1962). RCA Victor issued four LPs of his works in the United States and Great Britain during this period, and also produced Scopitone and Cinebox videos of “Calendar Girl” in 1961, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” in 1962, and “The Dreamer” in 1963. (His second LP was an album mostly of old standards.) He made regular appearances on such TV programs as American Bandstand and Shindig! during this period.

Writing for other performers

Connie Francis

When Sedaka was not recording his own songs, he and Howard Greenfield were writing for other performers, most notably in their earliest days Connie Francis. Francis began searching for a new hit after her 1958 single “Who’s Sorry Now?“. She was introduced to Sedaka and Greenfield, who played every ballad they had written for her. Francis began writing in her diary while the two played the last of their songs. After they finished, Francis told them they wrote beautiful ballads but that they were too intellectual for the young generation. Greenfield suggested that they play a song they had written for the Shepherd Sisters. Sedaka protested that Francis would be insulted by being played such a puerile song, but Greenfield reminded him Francis had not accepted their other suggestions and they had nothing to lose. After Sedaka played “Stupid Cupid“, Francis told them they had just played her new hit. Francis’ rendition of the song reached No. 14 on the Billboard charts, while it topped the UK Singles Chart.

While Francis was writing in her diary, Sedaka asked her if he could read what she had written. As mentioned earlier, Francis said no. This inspired Sedaka to write “The Diary”, his own first hit single. Sedaka and Greenfield wrote many of Connie Francis’ hits, such as “Fallin'” and the “Theme from Where the Boys Are“, the film in which she starred. This hit the Top 5 on the Billboard pop singles chart and Francis had several No. 1 singles. “Where the Boys Are” eventually became her signature song.

Jimmy Clanton

Sedaka and Greenfield also wrote some of Jimmy Clanton‘s hits, such as “Another Sleepless Night,” “What Am I Gonna Do?” and “All the Words in the World.” Sedaka himself recorded each of these three songs: “Another Sleepless Night” appears on his Rock With Sedaka debut album; “What Am I Gonna Do?” was the B-side of “Going Home to Mary Lou” and appeared on his 1961 album Neil Sedaka Sings “Little Devil” and His Other Hits; and “All the Words in the World” was recorded but was kept in the RCA Victor vaults until 1977, at the height of Sedaka’s return to popularity, when it was released on the album Neil Sedaka: The ’50s and ’60s.

Foreign-language recordings

Sedaka was very popular in Italy. Many of his English-language records were released there and proved quite successful, especially “Crying My Heart Out For You” (Italian No. 6, 1959) and “Oh! Carol” (Italian No. 1, 1960).

In 1961, Sedaka began to record some of his hits in Italian, starting with “Esagerata” and “Un giorno inutile”, local versions of “Little Devil” and “I Must Be Dreaming”. Other recordings were to follow, such as “Tu non-lo sai” (“Breaking Up Is Hard to Do”), “Il re dei pagliacci” (“King of Clowns”), “I tuoi capricci” (“Look Inside Your Heart”), and “La terza luna” (“Waiting For Never”). “La terza luna” reached No. 1 on the Italian pop charts in April 1963. Cinebox videos exist for “La terza luna” and “I tuoi capricci”. From a language standpoint, his recordings in Italian had very little American accent. RCA Victor’s Italiana branch distributed his records in Italy and released three compilation LPs of Sedaka’s Italian recordings.

Sedaka also recorded an album in Yiddish (Brighton Beach Memories — Neil Sedaka Sings Yiddish), several songs in Spanish, a handful of songs in German, and one single apiece in Hebrew, Japanese, and Canadian French. His English-language recordings were also quite popular internationally; “One-Way Ticket to the Blues” and “Calendar Girl” reached No. 1 on the Japanese pop charts in 1959 and 1961. He enjoyed popularity in Latin America for his Spanish-language recordings. Many of these were pressed onto 78 rpm discs.

Mid-1960s

The year 1962 was one of the most important of Sedaka’s career, with “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” reaching No. 1 and “Next Door to an Angel” reaching No. 5. But after this his popularity began to wane and his 1963 singles enjoyed only moderate success: “Alice In Wonderland” (No. 17), “Let’s Go Steady Again” (No. 26), “The Dreamer” (No. 47), and “Bad Girl” (No. 33). “Bad Girl” was Sedaka’s last Top 40 hit in the U.S. until 1974.

In 1964 Sedaka’s career began a sharp decline, hastened by The Beatles‘ arrival on the radio and TV, and the rest of the so-called British Invasion. When describing the Beatles’ effect on his career in the mid-1960s, Sedaka put it brusquely: “The Beatles—not good!”[13] From 1964 to 1966, only three of his singles cracked the Hot 100: “Sunny” (No. 86, 1964), “The World through a Tear” (No. 76, 1965), and “The Answer to My Prayer” (No. 89, 1965). His other singles from this era—”The Closest Thing To Heaven”, “I Hope He Breaks Your Heart”, “Let The People Talk”, “The Answer Lies Within” and “We Can Make It If We Try”—all missed the Hot 100, the same fate since Sedaka’s third U.S. single for RCA Victor, and became commercial failures.

To make matters worse, RCA Victor refused to release his new recording, “It Hurts to Be in Love“, because he had not recorded at their own studios, as stipulated by his contract. Sedaka attempted another recording of this song in RCA’s studios, but the results were unsatisfactory. Howard Greenfield and Helen Miller, the song’s co-writers, offered it instead to Gene Pitney. Pitney took the existing musical track, replacing Sedaka’s lead vocal track with his own. Everything else was Sedaka, including his own arrangement and backing vocals, piano-playing, and usual female backup singers. Pitney ended up with a No. 7 hit for himself and his record label, Musicor, in 1964.

For the remainder of his tenure with RCA Victor, Sedaka never fully recovered from the effects of Beatlemania, the loss of “It Hurts to Be in Love” to Pitney, or the failure of his recordings. RCA decided not to renew his contract when it expired in 1966, leaving Sedaka without a recording label.

Although Sedaka’s stature as a recording artist was at a low ebb in the late 1960s, he was able to maintain his career through songwriting. Because his publisher, Aldon Music, was acquired by Screen Gems, two of his songs were recorded by The Monkees. Other hits Sedaka wrote in this period included The Cyrkle‘s versions of “We Had a Good Thing Goin'” and “Workin’ On a Groovy Thing“; a Top 40 R&B hit for Patti Drew in 1968; and a Top 20 pop hit for The 5th Dimension in 1969. Also, “Make the Music Play” was included on Frankie Valli‘s charting album Timeless.

On a 1965 episode of the quiz show I’ve Got a Secret, Sedaka’s secret was that he was to represent the United States at the 1966 Tchaikovsky classical piano competition in Moscow. Unaware of Sedaka’s secret, panelist Henry Morgan challenged Sedaka with the fact that the Soviet bureaucracy had outlawed rock ‘n’ roll music, and that any Western music young Russians wanted had to be smuggled into the country. Once Sedaka’s secret had been revealed, he impressed the show’s panelists with his performance of Frederic Chopin’s “Fantaisie Impromptu“.[14] Morgan’s warning turned out to be prescient, however: despite Sedaka’s classical roots, his “other” life as a pop star spurred the Soviet Union to disqualify him from entering the competition.

Sedaka also made an appearance in the 1968 movie Playgirl Killer, where he performed a song called “The Waterbug”.

Struggles of the late 1960s to early 1970s

Australia years

Sedaka worked to revive his solo career in the early 1970s. Despite his waning chart appeal in the US in the late 1960s, he remained very popular as a concert attraction, notably in the UK and Australia. In 2010, as a guest on Australian disc jockey Bob Rogers’ radio show, he thanked Rogers and Australian music fans for standing by him during that challenging time: “You know, Bob, in my lean years—I called them ‘The Hungry Years‘—it was Bob Rogers and Australia who welcomed me.”[15] Sedaka made several trips to Australia to play cabaret dates, and his commercial comeback began when the single “Star-Crossed Lovers” became a major hit there. The song went to No. 1 nationally in April 1969—giving Sedaka his first charting single anywhere in four years. It also came in at No. 5 in Go-Set magazine’s list of the Top 40 Australian singles of 1969.[16] Later that year, with the support of Festival Records, he recorded a new LP of original material entitled Workin’ on a Groovy Thing (released in the United Kingdom as Sounds of Sedaka) at Festival Studios in Sydney. It was co-produced by Festival staff producer Pat Aulton, with arrangements by John Farrar (who later achieved international fame for his work with Olivia Newton-John) and backing by Australian session musicians including guitarist Jimmy Doyle (Ayers Rock) and noted jazz musician-composer John Sangster.[17] One of the tracks from the album, “Wheeling, West Virginia”, reached No. 20 in Australia in early 1970.[18] The album is also notable because it was Sedaka’s first album to include collaborations with writers other than longtime lyricist Howard Greenfield; the title track featured lyrics by Roger Atkins and four other songs were co-written with Carole Bayer Sager.

Emergence and Solitaire

In 1971, Sedaka reunited with RCA and released the Emergence album. Singles from that album included “I’m A Song (Sing Me),” “Silent Movies,” “Superbird,” and “Rosemary Blue”. Good friend and New York music impresario Don Kirshner attempted to make the U.S. release of “Emergence” a comeback for Sedaka, but the album and single releases had no appreciable success, and RCA showed little interest in promoting the album. After the failure of “Emergence” in the US market, Sedaka left New York and moved his family to the UK.[citation needed]

In 1972, Sedaka embarked on a successful English tour and was introduced by Harvey Lisberg to the four future members of 10cc (best known to American audiophiles for “I’m Not in Love” and “The Things We Do for Love“) with whom he recorded the Solitaire album at their Strawberry Studios in Stockport[19] issued by RCA in 1972. As well as the title track, “Solitaire“, which was successfully covered by Andy Williams (UK Top 5 singles chart) and the Carpenters (US Top 20), it included two UK Top 40 singles, one of which (“Beautiful You”) also charted briefly in America, Sedaka’s first US chart appearance in ten years.

Return to success in the mid-1970s

Newfound success

A year later he reconvened with the Strawberry team, who had by then charted with their own debut 10cc album, to record The Tra-La Days Are Over for MGM Records, which started the second phase of his career and included his original version of the hit song “Love Will Keep Us Together” (also a US No. 1 hit two years later for Captain & Tennille). This album also marked the effective end of his writing partnership with Greenfield, commemorated by the track “Our Last Song Together” (later the last hit song for Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods, whose version hit No. 95). They reunited, however, and composed together again, before Greenfield’s death in 1986. From 1974 onward, Sedaka’s records were issued in Europe and around the world on the Polydor label. His first album of new material with Polydor was Laughter in the Rain (1974).

Career with The Rocket Record Company

Elton John and Sedaka met at a party in London in 1973. When John learned Sedaka had no American record label, he suggested Sedaka sign with his Rocket Record Company, Limited, and Sedaka accepted the proposition. When John visited Sedaka at his London apartment, they discussed plans for relaunching his career in the United States.[20]

John said he had “always been a Sedaka fan anyway”.[20] He went on to say:

So the basic plan was as simple as finding out what he wanted to have on his album – which turned out to be a compilation from his British albums. It had been like Elvis coming up and giving us the chance to release his records. We couldn’t believe our luck.[20]

Sedaka’s Back

Sedaka returned to the U.S. album charts with the release of Sedaka’s Back, a compilation of songs from three albums he had already recorded in the UK—namely “Solitaire,” “The Tra-La Days Are Over,” and “Laughter in the Rain.” It was only the second Sedaka album ever to chart in the U.S. Sedaka was known principally as a singles artist up to that point in his career; his only other American charting album was Neil Sedaka Sings His Greatest Hits, a compilation of his early singles. Although the single was released in the autumn of 1974 and was very slow in building in sales and at radio, eventually Sedaka found himself once again topping the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart (February 1, 1975) with “Laughter in the Rain.” It was Sedaka’s second No. 1 single thus far at that point in his career (after 1962’s original version of “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do“) and solidly reestablished Sedaka’s popularity in America.

Writing for artists of the 1970s

In late 1972, producer Stig Anderson approached Sedaka to write the lyric for a single by a new Swedish pop quartet then known as Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid. Sedaka agreed, on the condition he liked the song. Anderson, who had co-written the Swedish original with lyricist Björn Ulvaeus and composer Benny Andersson, intended to enter “Ring Ring” in the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest and believed with a strong English lyric it had the potential to become an international hit. He sent a tape of the song together with a rough translation to Sedaka, who within days returned an original lyric, co-written with Phil Cody.[21] The song was entered into the Swedish Eurovision selections on February 10, 1973, but placed third. The band, renamed ABBA, made “Ring Ring” the title track of their first album, released on March 26, 1973. The single, credited to Andersson, Ulvaeus, Anderson, Sedaka and Cody, reached number 1 in Sweden and Belgium, and charted in the top 5 in at least four other countries.[22] Sedaka later said that ABBA’s “songwriting and production are in a class by themselves.”[23]

Sedaka and Greenfield co-wrote “Love Will Keep Us Together,” a No. 1 hit for Captain & Tennille and the biggest hit for the entire year of 1975. Toni Tennille paid tribute to Sedaka’s welcome return to music business success with her ad lib of “Sedaka is back” in the outro while she was laying down her own background vocals for the track.[24] “Captain” Daryl Dragon and Toni also recorded a Spanish-language version of the song the same year that cracked the top half of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart (“Por Amor Viviremos,” US pop No. 49).

Overnight Success/The Hungry Years

In late 1975, Sedaka’s most successful year of his career continued as he earned yet more chart success with the release of his second Rocket Records album, The Hungry Years. This album was an American edition of Sedaka’s British Polydor album Overnight Success. The first single, “Bad Blood,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard 100 and stayed there for three weeks (October 11, 18 and 25, 1975), was certified Gold® by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and was the most commercially successful individual single of his career. Elton John provided uncredited backing vocals for “Bad Blood.” Despite their later falling out that resulted in Sedaka moving from Elton’s Rocket Records to Elektra, Sedaka has credited John as being responsible for his successful return to the U.S. pop music scene.[25] John has stated, “I only appear on the records of people I really know or like.”[20]

Another highlight from The Hungry Years was Sedaka’s new version of “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do.” His 1962 original, a No. 1 hit single, was upbeat; the remake was a slow ballad, based on a similar arrangement by a Lenny Welch 1970 recording.[citation needed] Sedaka’s version hit No. 8 on the Hot 100 in early 1976, making him the only artist to ever record an entirely reinterpreted version of a song where both versions reached the Billboard Top 10. (Welch’s version, re-released at the same time, reached No. 34.) The 1976 ballad version also hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.

Steppin’ Out

Later in 1976, Sedaka released a third (and final) album with Elton John’s label The Rocket Record Company, Steppin’ Out. The first single, “Love in the Shadows,” was an uncharacteristically solid rock song featuring a scorching guitar solo. While it peaked at No. 16 on the Hot 100, it was the first of his three “comeback” albums’ debut singles not to hit No. 1—or even the Top 10. The second single was the album’s title track, once again featuring Elton on uncredited backing vocals. While it cracked the Top 40 (peaking at No. 36), it also signaled the beginning of a slowdown in Sedaka’s music sales and radio play not unlike what he experienced in 1964 when The Beatles and the “British Invasion” arrived.

By this point, Elton John was starting to lose interest in Sedaka. Members of John’s inner circle, jealous of Sedaka’s success, worked to undermine the friendship by telling John falsehoods about Sedaka. Consequently, when it was time to renegotiate Sedaka’s contract with Rocket, John did not offer Sedaka the amount of money he was looking for, and he did not promote Steppin’ Out as extensively as he had Sedaka’s Back and The Hungry Years. Sedaka subsequently left Rocket and signed with Elektra Records.

Sedaka met John again several times after his departure from Rocket, and he described their meetings as “cordial, but cold”. The coldness eventually thawed, however, and in the foreword to Sedaka’s 2013 biography, John wrote of their friendship in glowing and positive terms.[26]

Late 1970s

Transition from Rocket to Elektra

Sedaka’s new US label, Elektra, did not put as much effort into promoting Sedaka’s music as Elton John had at Rocket Records, and that, combined with the arrival of the disco era, marked another downturn in Sedaka’s career.

His first Elektra album, A Song, enjoyed only moderate success. Things got worse with his 1978 album All You Need Is the Music which was a dismal failure, because as Sedaka attempted to release disco-themed music himself in the late 1970s, his album sales were weak and singles could not get a foothold on the radio. However, on one track of “All You Need Is the Music” was a ballad called “Should’ve Never Let Her Go.” Sedaka released the song but it was not a success. In his next album, 1980’s In the Pocket, he released an early single in the autumn of 1979, “Letting Go,” which peaked just above the Hot 100. For the second single in the winter of 1980, Sedaka changed the lyrics and title to “Should’ve Never Let You Go,” and re-recorded the song with his then-17-year-old daughter, Dara. Their father-daughter duo, along with Frank and Nancy Sinatra and Nat “King” (posthumously) and Natalie Cole (via recording manipulation in “Unforgettable“, 1991) are the only father-daughter duets to reach the Top 40. Neil and Dara’s pairing returned Neil to the Top 20 for his last Hot 100 charted single and to the Top 5 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.

Reissue of RCA-era recordings

Throughout the 1970s, Sedaka’s former record company, RCA, reissued his 1960s-era songs on compilation LPs on the RCA Victor and RCA Camden labels, a practice which continues to this day. The idea was to capitalize on Sedaka’s newfound popularity by making his RCA-era recordings available to younger generations of fans.

Sedaka also released a final album of new material with RCA, consisting of a live concert he gave in Sydney. The album was released on the RCA International label in Australia and Europe as Neil Sedaka On Stage in 1974. It saw a US release on the RCA Victor label in 1976 as Sedaka Live in Australia. The album’s songs were mostly cover versions of rock and pop songs from the previous 25 years, such as “Proud Mary“, “Everything Is Beautiful” and “The Father of Girls”.

For decades, RCA and Sedaka have disputed the ownership rights of Sedaka’s original master tapes from his late 1950s/early 1960s hits. RCA has released various repackagings of his old hits, prompting Sedaka to rerecord his old hits and make them sound as close and authentic to the originals as possible.

1980s and 1990s

Sedaka released one final album with Elektra – Neil Sedaka: Now in 1981. None of the songs on this album made any significant waves on the pop music charts.

During this time, Sedaka lost his father to cancer. Sedaka’s mother and father had moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the 1970s. Mac Sedaka had a tumor in his colon, and had it surgically removed. After that, they thought he would recover, but the cancer had spread to his bones. Neil was at his bedside singing his father’s favorite song, “Pictures From The Past” (a song he had recorded twice, in 1965 and 1981), when his father briefly awoke from his coma and then died a moment later, on June 6, 1981.

Meanwhile, due to the failure of “Now”, Sedaka left Elektra and signed with Curb Records. Sedaka recorded two albums on the Curb label – Come See About Me in 1983 and The Good Times in 1986. Neither of these albums fared well on the charts or in terms of sales, with only modest success for the singles that were released from them. After 1986, Sedaka was once again left without a record label.

He then created his own music label, ensuring that his catalog of hits would find the marketplace, and he released occasional CDs of self-produced new, original material. He also proved to be a popular concert draw on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, performing for thousands of adoring fans. To this day, he maintains a rigorous tour schedule.

Other successes

American singer-songwriter Ben Folds credited Sedaka on his iTunes Originals album as an inspiration for his own song-publishing career. When Folds heard that Sedaka had a song published by the age of 13, Folds set a similar goal, despite the fact that Sedaka did not actually publish until he was 16.[27]

In 1985, songs composed by Sedaka were adapted for the Japanese anime television series Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. These included the two opening themes “Zeta-Toki wo Koete” (based on Sedaka’s “Better Days Are Coming”) and “Mizu no Hoshi e Ai wo Komete” (originally in English as “For Us to Decide”, but the English version was never recorded), as well as the end theme “Hoshizora no Believe” (based on Sedaka’s “Bad and Beautiful”). Due to copyright restrictions, the songs were replaced for the North American DVD, as well as for Japanese online releases of the series until 2017.

In 1994, Sedaka provided the voice for Neil Moussaka, a parody of himself in Food Rocks, an attraction at Epcot from 1994 to 2006.

A musical comedy based on the songs of Sedaka, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,[28] was written in 2005 by Erik Jackson and Ben H. Winters; it is now under license to Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

A biographical musical, Laughter in the Rain, produced by Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield and starring Wayne Smith as Sedaka, had its world premiere at the Churchill Theatre in the London borough of Bromley on March 4, 2010. Sedaka attended the opening and joined the cast onstage for an impromptu curtain call of the title song.

Into the 21st century

Sedaka recently[when?] has maintained a rigorous concert schedule in the U.S. and around the world. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983,[29] has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was an October 2006 inductee of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. On November 15, 2013, Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters in Los Angeles gave him their Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award at a luncheon in his honor.[30]

American Idol

Eventual Season 2 runnerup Clay Aiken chose Sedaka’s 1972 song “Solitaire” for his performance. As Aiken explained to the studio and TV audiences, host Ryan Seacrest, and the four regular judges, “Solitaire” had long been one of his mother’s all-time favorite songs. When she learned that Sedaka was going to be a guest judge and that the finalists would be singing Sedaka’s songs, she begged Clay to sing “Solitaire.” The performance was uniformly given extraordinarily high praise by the judges (including perennial skeptic Simon Cowell). Sedaka dissolved into tears, telling Aiken that he officially passed ownership of the performance of “Solitaire” to Clay, offering to record and produce a single of the song or an entire CD with him.In May 2003, near the end of the second season of the Fox TV series American Idol, Sedaka appeared as a guest judge and mentor to the five remaining finalists. (The “guest judge” aspect of the series was later discontinued.) Several of the contestants’ performances from Sedaka’s songbook sparked particular praise from the guest judge. One of those performances came from eventual third-place finalist Kimberley Locke, who sang “Theme from Where the Boys Are.” The Sedaka/Greenfield composition was originally recorded by Connie Francis and became her signature song. Sedaka termed Locke’s performance “ear-licious.”

Although it did not appear on his debut CD itself, Aiken recorded and added “Solitaire” as the B-side to the single “The Way,” whose sales were faltering. “Solitaire” was quickly moved to the A-side, and radio airplay and single and download sales responded immediately. “Solitaire” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart and was, in fact, the top-selling single for all of 2004. It also hit the Top 5 on Billboards Hot 100. Sedaka was invited back to American Idol to celebrate the success of “Solitaire” several times, as it continued to reach new milestones. Since then, Aiken has mined the Sedaka songbook again, recording a cover of probably Sedaka’s best-known song, “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” on the “deluxe version” of his 2010 CD release, Tried and True.

Sedaka continued to be seen in the American Idol studio audience—most recently on May 19, 2011, when Seacrest had Sedaka stand and greet the audience on-camera during Season 10’s “Top 3” results show.

Amarillo – Guinness World Record

On a business trip to New York in mid-1971, Harvey Lisberg, who was a longtime fan of Sedaka, asked Don Kirshner if he’d written anything new. Kirshner took Lisberg to a small room with a piano where Sedaka was already seated, and he tapped out a few songs. One of these was the Sedaka/Greenfield composition “(Is This the Way to) Amarillo?” which Lisberg loved and placed with his artist Tony Christie who recorded and released it in 1971.[31] The song did relatively well on the UK singles chart, reaching the Top 20.

It lay dormant for more than three decades, when UK comic Peter Kay lip-synched it for a 2002 video in his TV series Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights. For the 2005 annual Comic Relief charity drive, he solicited a number of celebrity friends of his and updated the video, and it became an enormous hit. The original 1971 Tony Christie single was re-released to radio and CD/download sales, and hit No. 1 for seven weeks and was the biggest hit in Britain for all of 2005.

When interviewed for an “extras” feature for a DVD set of a concert filmed in London on April 7, 2006 (see below), Sedaka jokingly had heard that Christie had retired and was “golfing in Spain.”[32] The sudden revival of “Amarillo” summoned Christie back to the UK for an unexpected return to fame. Sedaka also released the song in the U.S. in 1977 as the shortened “Amarillo,” but it was only a mid-chart entry, peaking just shy of the Top 40. In early 2006, the song received new life yet again when a dance beat was added and the lyrics were revised to become a novelty hit, released as “Is This the Way to the (England) World Cup?”, to mark the appearance of the England football team at that summer’s FIFA World Cup finals. It was used yet again later that summer by the Central Band of the Royal British Legion prior to the Men’s Finals of the 2006 Wimbledon tennis tournament.[citation needed]

On April 7, 2006, Sedaka was appearing at the Royal Albert Hall and filming for the above-referenced CD/DVD package, when he was interrupted mid-concert by a gentleman who walked onstage from the wings. The planned scenario was that Sedaka was to begin performing “Amarillo”, and after one verse, the audience was to be surprised by the appearance of Christie for an eventual duet. At the interruption, a confused Sedaka asked, “What is this?” The interloper was a representative from Guinness Records, and he was there to present Sedaka with an award from Guinness World Records: British Hit Singles and Albums for composing “(Is This the Way to) Amarillo?“, the most successful UK single of the 21st century (up to that date, of course).[33][34] After the presentation, Sedaka proceeded into “Amarillo,” Christie entered onstage to an eruption of cheers from the audience, and after the successful duet performance, the two men walked offstage together, triumphantly arm in arm, as the first half of Sedaka’s concert came to a close.

New recording contract, new chart success

Since Sedaka had lost his recording contract in the mid-1980s, he had used his own business, Neil Sedaka Music, to finance the recording, production, and distribution of new CDs and repackaging of his existing catalog of music. Because of ongoing disputes with RCA Records over the ownership of Sedaka’s original late 1950s/early 1960s hits, in 1991, Sedaka re-recorded those early recordings, note-for-note. Sedaka has taken meticulous care of his voice over the years and still sings in the original keys recorded in his youth. This allowed him to repackage his catalog to include both his early recordings along with his mid- to late 1970s hits and later recordings.

In early 2007, Sedaka signed his first recording contract in nearly two decades with Razor and Tie Records, a small-but-growing, New York-based independent label with a talent roster that also includes Joan Baez, Vanessa Carlton, Foreigner, Joe Jackson, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The first release was The Definitive Collection, a life-spanning compilation of his hits, along with outtakes and songs previously released but unavailable in CD and/or download format. It debuted in the Top 25 on Billboards Top 200 Albums chart in May 2007, one of the highest-charting albums of his entire career. It also includes “It Hurts to Be in Love“, Sedaka’s version of the Gene Pitney hit which RCA had refused to release in 1964. Best known as a “singles artist,” this album chart activity was considered a significant comeback for the veteran entertainer. The last time Sedaka had an album on the Top 200 albums chart was in 1980, with his album In the Pocket – when “Should’ve Never Let You Go,” the 1980 duet with Sedaka and his daughter Dara, was Sedaka’s last Top 20 hit on the Hot 100 singles chart.

Waking Up Is Hard to Do was Sedaka’s next release with Razor and Tie, hitting the albums chart in May 2009. The CD was a children’s album that used the melodies of many of Sedaka’s best-known songs but changed the lyrics to fit, and hopefully have fun with, the everyday lives of babies and toddlers, along with their parents, grandparents, babysitters, and other caregivers. The CD title is an example. Lastly, The Music of My Life entered the albums chart in February 2010[35] and comprised almost all new material. The first track, “Do You Remember?,” is Sedaka’s first foray into spicy salsa and was produced by music producer, composer, and pianist David Foster. “Right or Wrong,” co-written with original music partner Howard Greenfield, was done in traditional street-corner, layered doo-wop vocal harmonies with Sedaka overlaying his own voice to achieve the effect for which he was well known in his “early” heyday of the late 1950s and early 1960s. The final track, “You”, has been previously released, but was remastered for this project and is one of several titles dedicated to his wife and career guide of over 50 years, Leba. Neil Sedaka Music continues to be listed as co-producer along with Razor and Tie.

A concert performance on October 26, 2007 at the Lincoln Center in New York City paid homage to the 50th anniversary of Sedaka’s debut in show business. Music impresario (and producer for The Music of My Life track “Do You Remember?”) David Foster served as emcee. Other guests included The Captain and Tennille; Natalie Cole; Connie Francis; recording legend and decades-long Sedaka friend and former manager Don Kirshner; and new Solitaire “owner” Clay Aiken, among many others. Also in 2007, Donny Osmond released a CD, Love Songs of the ’70s, which included a cover of Sedaka’s 1975 No. 1 hit “Laughter in the Rain.”

During his 2008 Australian tour, Sedaka premiered a new classical orchestral composition entitled “Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life).”[36] Sedaka also toured The Philippines for his May 17, 2008, concert at the Araneta Coliseum.[37]

In early 2010, his original uptempo version of “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” (performed by a group of uncredited singers) was being heard as the impetus for a series of insurance TV commercials, featuring actor Dennis Haysbert assuring that TV viewers not insured by Allstate can break up with their current insurer without much ado at all.

On September 11, 2010, Sedaka performed to a public and TV audience at the Hyde Park, London, venue of the “Proms in the Park” for the BBC. The UK continues to be probably Sedaka’s most welcoming nation, and has been since first moving his family there (temporarily) four decades ago. The irony of the place whose music scuttled his “first” career, namely the Beatles and the British Invasion, and yet has constantly welcomed him with open arms for more than 40 years, is not lost on him, he has stated in many interviews. Indeed, it was his work with the musicians who, in a few years, became the hit-making group 10cc that brought him back to the U.S. as a major star with No. 1 hits and a number of other major Top 40 singles. The UK always takes up a major portion of Sedaka’s touring year in the 21st century.

In early 2011, Sedaka recorded two duets (“Brighton” and “The Immigrant“) with singer Jim Van Slyke for Van Slyke’s Neil Sedaka tribute album, The Sedaka Sessions. LML Records released this album in August 2011.[38]

In 2010, Sedaka duetted with his good friend, West End (London) and Broadway theatre legend Elaine Paige, on their cover of “Make It With You,” from Ms. Paige’s UK CD release Elaine Paige and Friends. The track was originally a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts for the soft-rock group Bread in 1970.[39] In 2014, Neil duetted with another friend who was a pop sensation “on both sides of the pond” in the 1960s and ’70s, Engelbert Humperdinck. The pair recorded the title song from Sedaka’s 1975 album The Hungry Years. The track is from Engelbert’s UK/USA CD release Engelbert Calling.

Also in 2014, Sedaka duetted with up-and-coming Nashville star Mary Sarah (Gross) on Connie Francis‘ classic, “Theme from Where the Boys Are,” on her all-duets CD Bridges. Mary Sarah was also a Season 10 (spring 2016) contestant on NBC‘s The Voice, and once again relied on Neil’s “Where the Boys Are” for her blind audition. She turned all four chairs around, and ultimately placed seventh in the competition. In 2015, Neil duetted on his #1 hit from 1974–75, “Laughter in the Rain,” with Steve Tyrell, on Tyrell’s 2015 album That Lovin’ Feeling.

On February 1, 2016, Sedaka performed to a sold-out audience in The Villages.[40] Then, on August 12, 2016, Sedaka released his new acoustic album, I Do It for Applause, which includes 11 new tracks and a bonus of his first symphony that was debuted in Australia in 2008 (see above), “Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life)”; the recording features the London Philharmonia Orchestra.[41]

On May 27, 2019, Sedaka’s “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” [original 1962 version] was featured as a double-money ‘Fast Track’ answer in the category of “Breakup Songs” in the Name That Tune-style game show, Beat Shazam, on Fox. A team of two can win as much as $1 million. Jamie Foxx is host and executive producer and his daughter, Corinne Marie Foxx, serves as DJ of Shazam, now in its third season. In this episode, three pairs of theologians competed, and the answer was correctly given by one of the pair of rabbis, Andrew. He then exclaimed, “Yes! I love my Neil Sedaka!”

In April 2020, Sedaka launched a series of free mini-concerts, released through his social media channels, as a method of entertaining his fans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each daily concert features three songs from Sedaka’s discography.[42]

Material loss

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Neil Sedaka among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[43]

Personal life

Sedaka attended Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, from which he graduated in 1956.[44]

He and his wife Leba (née Strassberg) have been married since 1962. They have two children: a daughter, Dara, a recording artist and vocalist for television and radio commercials, and who sang the female part on the Sedaka Billboard Top 20 hit duet “Should’ve Never Let You Go” from 1980, and “Angel Queen” on the Queen Millennia soundtrack; and a son, Marc, a screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Samantha, and their three children.

Sedaka’s nephew, by marriage, is CNN Politics political writer Harry Enten.[45][46]

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Sedaka

Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield, Massachusetts and New England (USA) & “virtually” the world. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.




Actor and Anchorman John Krasinski’s Show ‘Some Good News’ Signing Off … at Least for Now

By Robert O’Leary

John Krasinski has reportedly aired his last (?) episode of Some Good News with John Krasinski. It is sad news for his fans and for fans of good news. A few months ago, Krasinski mentioned that he had been wondering for some time why there are no news sites that bring out good news stories to the public. One could blame this on corporate fears of losing viewers or because the corporate interests, which fund them, make their money and increase their control by keeping people divided and in disagreement with nightly news controversies and crises. Krasinski decided to do something about this.

He had an idea, and the courage, to launch his own show. He did not let the pandemic stop him either.  He decided to do this … from home. So it is that the star who entertained us so much on the TV show, The Office, is doing so again … on Some Good News with John Krasinski. The show began to air on YouTube on March 29, 2020. That first episode has garnered 17 million views. Episodes 2 through 7 have averaged 7.84 million views each.

He had numerous guests on the show, from Oprah Winfrey to members of The Office cast.  His short-lived show has inspired others around the world to do their own versions of the show. Krasinski has left things open to do more episodes in the future, but for now he is signing off. In the meantime, I will be watching the “repeats”, just as my family has been happily binge watching repeat episodes of The Office.

It will be strange not seeing new shows coming out every couple of weeks, especially during these pandemic times. I am a big believer that in the darkest times there must come some light. I am grateful that John Krasinski brought us some light, and comfort to millions.

So, without further ado, please enjoy Episode 8 of Some Good News with John Krasinski …

Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield, Massachusetts and New England (USA) & “virtually” the world. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.




2 Girls 1 Harp! Dancing With Myself (Billy Idol) | Camille and Kennerly Harp Twins

Video Source: Camille and Kennerly

Watch this super fun video with Camille and Kennerly Kitt, the Harp Twins, performing “Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol, while sharing one harp amongst them.




How Music Can Boost Your Immune System During Coronavirus Lockdown

By Curtis Dean

Do you know that music can help you boost your immune system and help people recover from illness? That’s really interesting to know since most of us take music as our relaxation or therapy. 

Music is everywhere and we could hear it on radios, televisions, the start or end of the movie, both in private and public places. Music sets the mood up and almost every one of us can’t live without it.

And now that the world is stuck in a crisis which mandated everyone to stay at home, music gave us the company to kill the boredom as we stayed within our premises. 

This article will help you know how music can boost your immune system during coronavirus lockdown. Feel free to crank up the melodies and boom those beats, because the outcomes are in — music is good for you.

Music and Immune System

There are many benefits to listening to music. Music has healing power. For those of who’ve been in a bad break up, tend to cling and cry along with the depth of lyrics from Taylor Swift or so while some wanted to power up through a long run by jamming on Eminem’s quality music.

Music can relax the brokenhearted, encourage runners, and kickoff the grandest dance parties, but for our health and overall well-being, music could give us some significant scientific benefits. 

It has shown that listening to music improves memory functioning, escalate the rate of healing, develop your workouts, and more.

Additionally, scientists have revealed that if you listen to only 50 minutes of “inspiring” dance music, your antibody levels will strengthen suggestively. After being exposed to music, they also found that stress hormones can decline the immune system drop.

It seems to be quite actual to recover the quality of life of those suffering physical health problems and music therapy is used often to encourage mental and emotional health. Therefore, taking music lessons is highly recommended. 

How Music Can Boost Immune System

Happy dance music has a vital role in increasing immunity while relaxing music helps to decrease stress. Another essential thing to retain in mind is the listener’s taste in music. The music chosen by someone seems to have a bigger impact on his health.

The following are the important benefits of music to our immune system:

  • Singing For An Hour Can Increase Levels Of Immune Proteins

Music can have extensive effects on the hormones cortisol and adrenaline – which frequently kick in for the period of nerve-wracking situations. However, when playing music or singing, the body experiences fewer of the indications in terms of the ‘fight or flight’ retort and leads to a decrease in adrenaline.

  • Playing Musical Instruments Helped to Lower the Levels of Harmful Stress Hormones

A study shows that those who have the utmost amount of musical experience did best on tests of mental perception and show that it helps reduce the levels of harmful stress hormones. 

Compared to non-musicians, the individuals with an extraordinary degree of musical involvement had much higher totals on the cognitive tests because they tend to have a calmer condition, plus those related to visual and special memory, identification of objects and the brain’s aptitude to acclimatize to new information

  • Listening to Music Can Reduces Stress and Eases Anxiety

Research has found that music has a unique link to our emotions and it can be used as an exceptionally effective stress management means.

Music can also have a relaxing effect on the mind just like listening to slow music to calm the body. Researchers at Stanford University originate that listening to music appears to be capable to change brain functioning to a similar degree as medication. 

It’s an easy stress reduction option since music is so widely available and inexpensive.

  • It Helps You Heal

Music links with the automatic nervous system comprising the brain function, blood pressure, and heartbeat. It also connects to the limbic system such as feelings and emotions.

The bodily reaction follows suit when slow music is played, – the heart blow slows down and blood pressure descents. This results in the inhalation to slow, which helps discharge tension in the neck, shoulders, stomach, and back. 

Listening to slow or calming music on a steady basis can benefit our bodies to relax, which over time, means a smaller amount of pain to experience and faster recovery time.

A similar study with stroke patients Finnish researchers. They discovered that if stroke patients listened to music for a couple of hours a day, their verbal memory and attentive responsiveness improved better and they had a more optimistic mood than patients who did not listen to anything or who listened to acoustic books.

What Kind of Music Can Boost the Immune System?

Music is so voluntarily available, not many people understand the benefits that music can have on their lives, particularly when it comes to anxiety.

  • Meditative Music For Relish 

Meditation is well-known for being one of the most prevalent and most active practices you can relish and participate in to lessen the levels of stress in your life and it is best paired up with meditative music. 

Meditation music is widely available, meaning you can meditate and find the present moment, notwithstanding where you are or what you’re doing.

  • Dance Music For Activation

Something about music is enticing — chiefly upbeat music — that stimulates and actuates the body. Music very much has a way of augmenting the quality of life and can, in addition, promote recovery for both physical, emotional, and mental health.

Overall, turning up your tunes can also awake the effort you use during exercise, study, or even doing simple chores are home. 

So what are you waiting for during this lockdown boredom? Seize your earbuds and start jamming!




7 Reasons To Listen to Audiobooks

Audiobooks have come of age! Long gone are the days of cassette tapes and poor quality recordings. Today’s audiobooks are convenient, portable and of the highest quality

There are many reasons to listen to audiobooks. Whereas once they were regarded as a niche product, today people from all backgrounds and walks of life enjoy listening to the latest bestsellers or classic literature.

Audiobooks Save Time

One of the victims of today’s busy life is the time to read. Many people just do not have the luxury of a few spare hours to sit down and read a book, however audiobooks can be listened to on the go. While it is possible to read a book on a busy bus or train when commuting, it is obviously so much easier simply to put on some headphones and be transported into the virtual pages of a book.

Audiobooks are Portable

Audiobooks can be listened to while leaving the hands and eyes free to do other things. Unlike reading a paper book or watching the television, an audiobook can be popped into a pocket or a bag and becomes completely portable. An audiobook can also be listened to in the gym, while gardening or crafting, during out of doors activities, like walking or hiking, in the car while on a long journey or in any number of ways.

Green Issues

Audiobooks, particularly those that are downloaded, are an environmentally friendly way to own books. Audiobooks not only reduce the amount of paper that is used, but also use minimal packaging materials. Little energy is used in the production of these books, unlike their paper counterparts that are often printed overseas and shipped back to a warehouse before being finally shipped to a store.

Technology

Smartphoneor any other audio devices now sit in the palm of a small hand while holding many hours worth of listening. At one time an audio book would have been split over many cassette tapes (or before that over many vinyl records). These were far from convenient and meant that several tapes had to be carried around. Today, many audiobooks are available digitally on cd or available for download and as such are much more convenient to listen to. Technology has also increased the number of listening options available. It is possible to listen to an audiobook on a tablet, computer or smart phone, as well as standard mp3 players.

Cost

Thanks to the advent of downloadable audiobooks, the average price of audiobooks has reduced over the last few years. Major online retailers such as Audible sell a wide variety of fiction and non fiction books on subscription or at a discounted price and these represent significant savings. As there is no book production involved with a downloadable audiobook and no distribution costs, the savings are reflected in the price to the consumer. Free audio versions of many classics are also available and initiatives such as Librivox are recording and publishing many public domain titles.

Variety

As the popularity of audiobooks has increased, so has the range of books available. Until recently it was common for an audiobook to be released several months after the paper version. Today, the paper and audio version of many best sellers are released concurrently.

Quality

The enjoyment of an audiobook is largely determined by the narrator or reader. An excellent book can be ruined by the ‘wrong’ reader, while conversely a mediocre novel can be bought to life by an animated and skilled reader. This is indicated in the way that some audiobooks describe the reading of the book as ‘being performed by’, which is an indication of the fact delivering a book text is so much more than just reading words. Well known names such as Stephen Fry, Richard E Grant and others have moved the reading of audiobooks further into the field of entertainment.

If it is a while since you last considered an audiobook, here is a list of best audiobook services. Now is the time to take another look – you could well be pleasantly surpassed!




WATCH This Uplifting Music Video: I’m On Your Side | Michael Franti & Spearhead

Video Source: Michael Franti

The “I’m on Your Side” music video featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead is exactly what we need right now to lift up our spirits and bring us together in this time of coronavirus social distancing. Watch, enjoy, and share!

“I’m on Your Side” Lyrics
I’m On Your Side”
If you ever lay awake at night
Wondering if we’ll be alright
I’m on your side
I’m on your side
If you’re sitting at the kitchen table
Counting up your bills to pay
I’m on your side
I’m on your side
If you drop your kids at school and wonder
If they make it home today
I’m on your side
I’m on your side
If you’re staring at the TV stations
Wondering how we got this way
I’m on your side
I’m on your side
Can you hear me?
Is your heart beating like a drum?
Can you hear me?
I don’t care where you come from
I am on your side
I’m on your side
I’m on your side
I’m on your side
I’m on your side
If ice is clinking in your cup
You’re thinking about giving up
I’m on your side
I’m on your side
And if you got the news today
Doctor’s telling you to pray
I’m on your side
I’m on your side
And if you feel the pounding fear
When flashing lights are in your mirror
I’m on your side
I’m on your side
And if you hold a friend and say
I wonder how we got this way
I’m on your side
I’m on your side
Can you hear me?
Is your heart beating like a drum?
Can you hear me?
I don’t care where you come from
I am on your side
I’m on your side
I’m on your side
I’m on your side
I’m on your…
If you’re weary and you’re broken
And you don’t know what to hope in
If you’re willing and you’re able
Come and meet me at the table
If you’ve lost your way to laugh and
Can’t remember how to dance and
If you’re out of tears to cry
Take my hand and
I’m on your side
I’m on your side
I’m on your side
I’m on your side
I’m on your side
I’m on your side
I’m on your side



WATCH: Look For the Good | Jason Mraz’s Incredibly Uplifting Music Video

Video Source: Jason Mraz

Watch this incredibly uplifting music video of Jason Mraz’s new single “Look For the Good.” The lyrics are included below.

“Look For the Good” Lyrics:

Look for the good in everything
Look for the people who will set your soul free
It always seems impossible until it’s done
Look for the good in everyone
Look for the good in everything
Look for the people who will set your soul free
It always seems impossible until it’s done
Look for the good in everyone
People done gone crazy / People done gone mad
People done forgot the superpowers we all have
We were born to love not hate / We can decide our fate & look for the good in everyone & celebrate all our mistakes
If there’s a silver lining (silver lining)
You still have to find it (find it, find i-i-i-it)
Look for the good in everything
Look for the people who will set your soul free
It always seems impossible until it’s done
Look for the good in everyone
Everyone needs sunshine / Everyone needs rain
Everyone is carrying around some kind of pain
I see who you are / You’re just like me
I see you’re searching for a purpose / Guided by a dream
I see who you are / I’m just like you I get lost sometimes & I forget what I came here to do
I keep on trying (keep on trying)
When it gets frightening
Look for the good in everything
Look for the people who will set your soul free
It always seems impossible until it’s done
Look for the good / Look for the good / Look for the good in everyone
Everyone is nature / Everyone is God
Everyone is love & light & vibration
Look for the good / Look for the good
Everyone gets mad sometimes & maybe they should
Look for the good / Look for the good
Yeah, look out for all the heroes in your neighborhood
Look for the good / Look for the good
Life sure would be sweeter if everybody would
Look for the good in everything
Look for the people who will set your soul free
It always seems impossible until it’s done
Look for the good in everyone Look for the good in everything
Look for the people who will set your soul free
It always seems impossible until it’s done
Look for the good / Look for the good / Look for the good in everyone



Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga, Lang Lang, John Legend perform “The Prayer” | One World : Together At Home

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Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga, Lang Lang and John Legend perform “The Prayer” during One World: Together At Home on April 18.

Here’s the entire concert:


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The Rolling Stones perform “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” | One World: Together At Home

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The Rolling Stones perform “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” during One World: Together At Home on April 18.

The Rolling Stones’ drummer, Charlie Watts, stole the show by air-drumming. Check it out!


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Oprah Winfrey Urges Global Unity in Fight Against COVID-19 | One World: Together At Home


Source: Global Citizen

Philanthropist Oprah Winfrey invokes Nelson Mandela to call for global unity in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus during One World: Together At Home on April 18.

Watch the entire concert:

Global Citizen is a social action platform for a global generation that aims to solve the world’s biggest challenges. On our platform, you can learn about issues, take action on what matters most, and join a community committed to social change. We believe we can end extreme poverty because of the collective actions of Global Citizens across the world.

Register to become a Global Citizen and start taking action today: https://www.globalcitizen.org/




Brian May of Queen: Musical Jams for the COVID-19 Blues

By Robert O’Leary | YouTube

 

Editor’s Note: People who happen to like or love Rock music know the music of the band, Queen. I grew up with their “Queen Greatest Hits” album as one of my favorites. They wrote some of the best Rock and Pop songs, each with a special type of passion and love. Each member was a virtuoso and together their synergy still inspires. I thought it was really special to hear that Queen’s guitarist introduce the following jams of some of his band’s music, and even a special cover song. From there, he has inspired some great collaborations. They are comforting and exhilarating to hear while we are momentarily going through this shared quarantine experience. Enjoy!

Here’s another rendition with some famous players taking part:

Here’s a jam on one of Queen’s most famous songs:

Here is a take on one of Queen’s softer songs:

Here is another version, done by another talented young lady:

And lastly, here is a jam on one of The Beatles’ most famous tunes. Enjoy!

Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield, Massachusetts and New England (USA) & “virtually” the world. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.




Reasons for the Popularity of Anime

It is undeniable how Japanese animation, also known as anime, has become quite popular today. But, it has been a boom even in the late 70s and 80s like Astro Boy and Speed Racer. In the 90s, anime ruled the world with Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, Pokemon, and many others. In these modern times, the world still does not get enough of anime. Vampire anime is on the rise like the show Hellsing with its imaginative world, unique style of storytelling, and quirky characters.

If you still need some push, the following are good reasons to start watching anime now:

There is no cancellation of the series

When it comes to anime, you no longer have to worry about the cancellation of the series you are watching. Hellsing, One Piece, Fairy Tail, and Pokemon are only some of the popular anime that is showing no indication of stopping. While there are shows that do end like Naruto and Dragon Ball Z, they left hundreds of episodes for their viewers. Usually, anime does not pull out the rug from its fans that watch a series.

Characters Die in Anime

When you are watching anime such as the show Hellsing, know that all bets are off. It is normal to see characters die in the series, whether they are good or bad; this is also the general concept of most anime series. In Transformers, the animation was full of a massacre that a lot of characters die, including the well-loved Optimus Prime. Also, in Sailor Moon, more and more characters die as the series progresses.

In other words, no one is safe in the world of anime, which is probably a factor why people are addicted to watching them.

The Majority of Anime Is Free to Watch and Enjoy

Even though you can watch many anime shows on Blu-ray or DVD, did you know that it is possible to watch them for free? You can find a lot of streaming services online and watch your favorite long-running series for days on end. With your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer, it is easy to catch up on anime series at no cost. It is also an excellent way to introduce anime to someone who has not watched a show yet and would like to give it a try.

It Shows the Dark Side of Humanity

Aside from the entertainment, positivity, soundtracks, and romance, you will see the ugly side of people in anime. The anime show you watch may deal with violence, abuse, death threats, madness, tragedy, or pain. It can show the situation in the grittiest places out there and the dangers they hide. You will learn how corruption and too much power can ruin a society. The anime industry sprinkles these dark lessons, which, admittedly, can be hard to swallow.

Also, in the show Hellsing and other vampire anime, you learn the fear of mankind in creatures lurking in the dark. You cannot see them coming, so you are gripped with fear. After all, vampires look like humans. You do not know what to expect of a vampire because some of these monsters wish to become human while other vampires see you as their next meal.

Watching anime is an adventure. You learn a lot of things as you continue to watch it. Considering there are numerous of them, you will never run out of anime to watch and things to learn.




Top 20 Best Feel Good Movies

Video Source: WatchMojo.com

Need a morale boost? WatchMojo has got you covered! For this list, we’re looking at films guaranteed to put a smile on your face and leave you feeling with an overall sense of happiness. The countdown includes “Rudy”, “Little Miss Sunshine”, “Love Actually”, “The Princess Bride”, and more! The full list is below:

20. The Sandlot

19. About a Boy

18. The Intouchables

17. Rudy

16. Little Miss Sunshine

15. Cool Runnings

14. Billy Elliot

13. Jerry Maguire

12. Love Actually

11. Mean Girls

10. Paddington 2

9. Life is Beautiful

8. Amelie

7. Mrs. Doubtfire

6. Field of Dreams

5. Back to the Future

4. Groundhog Day

3. The Princess Bride

2. Forrest Gump

1. It’s a Wonderful Life