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make music wednesday (and save the world)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Its 5:40 pm on Wednesday.  A little late for me to be posting and so you are probably dying to know what you can do today to save the world.  I have a good excuse for being late.  I was working on a new song… about half done at this point.

That got me to thinking that if I am going to interupt my writing to ..um…write ? Interupt songwriting to blog, I should at least talk about music.  Big surprise, I think music will save the world.  But I really do, and not in that hippie lets-all-sing-along-and-manifest-change way.  No, in a much more scientific way.  Music has an effect on the brain.  There are lots of studies that show that introducing kids to music in schools improves their ability to learn other subjects, particularly math.   And if it works with kids, I think it must work a bit on adults although considerably less profoundly.  I also know that music is unique way of communitcating on an emotional level that helps us deal with the challenges of life.

I know these are tough financial times for school districts and municipalities.  But who need them?  We can fix this.  If you are a musician of any sort, consider performing for an underserved market.  Perhaps playing for kids in schools or after-school programs, maybe a senior center or retirement home.  My friend Laura Sue Wilanski (the Silver Nightingale)  often plays in hopices and hospitals.  Laurie from the fabulous duo Jennings and Keller does work with women’s prisons.  Its a great way to spend a free afternoon while you are on tour or a way to contribute to your local comunity.  Doesn’t have to be a long show, or a regularly scheduled thing.  Just make an offer, see what happens.

Presenters can offer a lot as well.  The Labyrith Cafe in Ft. Lauderdale FL has always included adults living with mental or physical challanges in their audience.  At our recent show at Urban H2O in Yonkers, members of a group home were in the audience.  If you can offer a few seats at no charge at your event that would have a real impact.  Sometimes its not even money that is the issue… just letting folks know that they are welcome and wanted in the community makes a difference.  We played at a State Park on our recent tour in Florida.  Lots of kids, right up front.  Some were dancing!  I’m going to make it a point to include more kid-friendly places on our schedule.  Not all venues are ideal for kids but if your venue is – let people know.

Put on some tunes, turn up the volume a little, sing along, dance around your living room.  We’re goning to save the w