Piano-Playing Cat Inspires Musical Copy-cats

August 28, 2009 by  
Filed under New Age Music, Well Being & Self Growth

Nora, the adorable, has been all over the Internet and talk show television recently.  She is the amazing piano-playing cat that has found her way into the hearts of millions just by tickling the ivories.  Just watch her concentration, which is belied only by infrequent tail flicks.  This girl is 100% into her purr-formance!

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Breathe and Meditate with relaxing music of Marcomé

August 25, 2009 by  
Filed under New Age Music, Well Being & Self Growth

We live in a hurry most of the time if we don’t make it a commitment to stay in the now! How though! Maybe it’s time for us to remember that we are not human doings but human “beings” and that honoring the now is honoring life! May you find a few minutes every few hours to make sure you are feeling your inner body. You are precious! Musch love your way, Marcomé

Get whisked away to the mountaintop.  Float through the clouds with me, experience the beauty of the moment, and be inspired by the power of nature.  Meditate as you breathe in deeply, feeling the strength of the universe coursing through your being.

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Music For the Changing Seasons

August 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Ambient Music, Well Being & Self Growth

Summer is drawing to a close. Even on a warm day, the temperature rises more slowly in the morning and falls a bit faster after dusk. While we mourn the end of summer, anticipation builds for what lies ahead in autumn. Is it any wonder that so many musicians have composed music for the changing seasons?

Late summer (image from Per Ola Wiberg on Flickr)

Late summer (image from Per Ola Wiberg on Flickr)

Many of these tunes are sad, grieving the loss of the previous days.  Passing from the familiar into the unknown, artists have consistently developed songs that mark the transition from one season to the next.  However, even when I listen to these melancholy melodies, I can still experience joy.  A wonderful quote that I heard recently is, “if there was no change, we would not have butterflies.”

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The Power of the Pentatonic Scale

August 17, 2009 by  
Filed under New World Music, News - Nouvelles

In the incredible, entertaining video below, Bobby McFerrin the well-known jazz and a Capella vocal performer, engages the audience at the World Science Festival in June in New York City.  After just a few easy directions, the entire auditorium is following McFerrin’s lead, showing the power of the pentatonic scale (a pentatonic scale has five pitches per octave, instead of seven as in the major scale).

Tuned to Major C Pentatonic (image from alikins on Flickr)

Tuned to Major C Pentatonic (image from alikins on Flickr)

The program, entitled “Notes and Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus,” included a panel of experts in addition to McFerrin.  As described on the official website of the World Music Science Festival, the audience learned just as much as they were entertained: Read more

New Age: Living with Integrity

August 14, 2009 by  
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There is much misunderstanding about the term “new age,” whether referring to religion, lifestyle or a music genre.  You don’t necessarily have to engage in typical “new age practices” like yoga, acupuncture or alternative medicine to embrace a lifestyle that may be considered new age.  Living with integrity is perhaps the easiest way to tap into inner peace, which truly is the foundation of the movement.

Living with Integrity (image from global integrity on Flickr)

Living with Integrity (image from global integrity on Flickr)

What is integrity? Read more

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