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.
Pop superstar Adele on Monday lodged objections as Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump played her music on the campaign trail. Trump, an apparent fan of Adele who was spotted at her concert in November in New York, has regularly played her hit "Rolling in the Deep" at his rallies. "Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning," a statement from the singer's spokesman said.
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.
When it comes to hit songs, there is a formula for success. The song was an instant success in every way: On Vevo, the music video generated the highest number of views in a 24-hour span (27.7 million) and was the fastest video to reach 100 million views.
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.
Throughout his tenure in office, President Obama has garnered a reputation for being active on social media of all kinds. With a Grammy to his name and a wife who may or may not wish she was Beyoncé (who doesn’t?), it’s to be expected that the president would take great pride in his taste in music. Friday, he released his summer playlist on Spotify. Actually, he released two playlists, one for day and one for night.
I get at least one song stuck in my head every day, and many of my favorite tunes have been completely ruined after their hundredth mental play-through.
Photo by Natalie Grant/Instagram Gospel singer Natalie Grant will be the first to tell you that it takes a village to raise a child. Photo by Natalie Grant/Instagram Years later (Grant has since given birth to 4-year-old daughter Sadie), the singer’s best trick to being a good mom is taking time for herself.
Related on Yahoo Makers: Why You Need to Throw a Crafting Party Actually artists Zsanett Szirmay and Bálint Tárkány-Kovács have found an answer by taking several embroidered patterns and playing them through an old-school music box. “I played with these transformations in the creation of the punchcards with the help of musician and composer Bálint Tárkány-Kovács as co-producer.” They demonstrated the process on their Sound Weaving site, transposing the embroidered patterns onto sheet music that could be physically played through a music box: At the core of the Soundweaving project is the traditional cross-stitching pattern used in Hungarian folk embroidery transformed into sound by a punch card comb music player. The cross-stitch pattern of holes on the tape in the musical box were punched by the creator, Zsanett Szirmay. As part of the transformation, embroidery patterns turned into laser cut textile pieces, and cross-stitched patterns into melodies. Related on Yahoo Makers: Retro Nintendo Power Glove Turned Into Cutting Edge Tool And the results strangely, and sometimes beautifully, match up with the emotions evoked by the visual patterns themselves.