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    I knew it, I knew it, I knew it! According to scientific studies people who listen to

    jazz music are proven to be smarter and more creative. I repeat, “people who listen to jazz music are smarter and more creative”.

    If you haven’t already jumped out of your seat and headed towards your record player or Spotify smooth jazz playlist, here’s a little more insight on the subject.

    I may have been been exaggerating a bit about the smarter and more creative part. That’s a bit difficult to prove. However, the benefits of listening to jazz music, specifically, have certainly been proven. It can affect your memory, focus, and mood.  Listening to jazz is a stress reliever and can reduce blood pressure by 30%, reduce pain by 21%, and can be as effective as a massage. It’s a pretty good excuse to nuzzle up to someone special on the couch as well.

    Here are a few insightful articles about how listening to jazz music makes you a cool cat

    and just might change your life.

    Mind, Body & Jazz: 
How Jazz Can Improve Your Health

     

     

    All That Jazz: People Who Listen To Jazz Are Smarter And More Creative

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    Joey Alexander

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    Joey Alexander. This is a name you may want to remember in years to come. 12 year old Joey was just featured as a jazz pianist on the 2016 Grammy Awards show. Indonesian born Joey has already performed in front of thousands worldwide, including presidents and dignitaries. He was even nominated for two Grammy awards.

    Joey began playing piano at six years old, his parents consider his abilities a “gift from God”.

    Here’s Joey playing at the 2016 Grammy Awards.

     

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    Imagine Charlie Brown Without Vince Guaraldi’s Music

    There are few cartoons that have as strong a musical component as the Peanuts. You may not know the name Vince Guarladi or the song’s title “Linus and Lucy” but chances are you know the song. It is upbeat and perhaps in your mind’s eye you can see The Peanuts gang dancing to it, jumping and moving their head side from side to side.

     

    In so many ways it is difficult to separate the song from the animated characters, especially this time of the year when “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is watched in so many households.

     

    Did you know that this song happened simply because of a drive near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco?

     

    According to a PRI story, writer and producer Lee Mendelson was working on a Charles Schulz documentary when he heard Guaraldi’s “Cast Your Face to the Wind.” Try listening to the song and you’ll see how it influenced Guaraldi’s later work.

     

    “Something in my mind said, ‘That’s the kind of music that I’m looking for,’” Mendelson told PRI, “It’s adult-like, but also child-like. It seemed to fit our characters.”

     

    Mendelson and Guaraldi met and the musician agreed to write a score for the Christmas special that aired in 1965. It was one of the first times that mainstream American audiences were exposed to jazz music and both the cartoon and music became an instant hit. At the time, half of American households watched the special.

     

    So, the next time you watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” enjoy the music, its importance in jazz history and know that this great collaboration of art and music is due to a car drive.

     

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