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.
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.
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.
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.