Jazz For the Soul, Simply Divine!

Good morning Jazz lovers.

Not a lover quite yet? That’s fine, but hopefully you’re a music lover and can appreciate the art of sound in time (rhythm) that expresses the artists ideas and feelings through compositions of grandeur!

Jazz, as well as all other genres of music, originated from our creator, God. Music has played a vital role in every human culture since the beginning of mankind. The Bible is filled with scriptures of music being part of worship to God, a part of warfare and a celebratory expression of victory over the enemy.

One of my favorite stories in the Old Testament is about David, the psalmist, who before he became king, was summoned to strum the strings of his harp in the presence of King Saul in order to relieve him of distress. The scripture reads like this:

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
“And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.”

The anointed music of David had the power to drive evil spirits away or to comfort Saul’s soul.

Below are five Bible verses that pertain to singing, or making vocal music unto the Lord. He created each of us with the ability to make melody whether vocal, emotional or instrumental. Even nature sings (but we’ll talk about that tomorrow).

1. Psalm 105:2
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!

2. Psalm 104:33
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

3. Psalm 95:1
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

4. James 5:13
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.

5. Psalm 71:23
My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed.

Our Jazz artist for the week, the late Wayman Tisdale (the professional basketball player in the NBA who died of bone cancer in 2009) is going to sing a beautiful descant with the voice of his fingers entitled, Glory, Glory. I call this one, anointed music for the troubled soul.

Love,
Toni

5 Medical Reasons (Jazz) Music is Good for You

Good morning family. We are on day two of our celebration of National Jazz Appreciation Month and guess what? We’re just getting started. We will learn many exciting things about jazz music and enjoy the delicious sounds of several phenomenal artists who have made outstanding contributions to this industry.

But first, I want to share some interesting points about how powerful music is and how it affects our physical bodies, acting as a medication with wonderful side-effects.

1. Did you know that listening to music can reduce chronic pain from a range of painful conditions, including osteoarthritis, disc problems and rheumatoid arthritis, by up to 21% and depression by up to 25%, according to a paper in the latest UK-based Journal of Advanced Nursing?

2. Did you know that Music Therapy is increasingly used in hospitals to reduce the need for medication during childbirth, to decrease postoperative pain and complement the use of anesthesia during surgery?

3. Did you know that by playing recordings of relaxing music every morning and evening, people with high blood pressure can train themselves to lower their blood pressure – and keep it low? According to research reported at the American Society of Hypertension meeting in New Orleans, listening to just 30 minutes of classical, Celtic or raga music every day may significantly reduce high blood pressure.

4. Did you know that a daily portion` of one’s favorite pop melodies, classical music or JAZZ can speed recovery from debilitating strokes, according to the latest research? When stroke patients in Finland listened to music for a couple of hours each day, verbal memory and attention span improved significantly compared to patients who received no musical stimulation, or who listened only to stories read out loud, the study reports.

5. And did you know that music can boost the immune function? Scientists explain that a particular type of music can create a positive and profound emotional experience, which leads to secretion of immune-boosting hormones. This helps contribute to a reduction in the factors responsible for illness. Listening to music or singing can also decrease levels of stress-related hormone cortisol. Higher levels of cortisol can lead to a decreased immune response.

Jazz (music) is not just good for the soul, it’s good for the body as well.

So, how are you feeling today? Have you had your dose of your favorite music, yet? If not, I’ll give you some. Here’s Wayman Tisdale (of Tulsa, OK) again playing SHAPE OF YOUR HEART. Just a little heart medication. . .

Love,
Toni

Jazz Appreciation Month – Wayman Tisdale (Week One)

April is celebrated as the National Jazz Appreciation Month! Yeah!

Jazz, a smooth blend of African and European music which was birthed somewhere around the early 20th century, is a combination of rhythm and blues. It is a harmonious intertwining of instruments and melodies that releases dopamine (a pleasure chemical) in the brain, causing one to experience a euphoric stimuli, a feel good sensation.

I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT IT SURE DOES WORK FOR ME! JAZZ MAKES ME FEEL GOOD!

So I decided to highlight a few of my favorite jazz artists and share some of their greatest hits with you this month of April. My husband was instrumental in introducing me to some of the best jazz musicians and artists this world has ever known. Thank you baby.

Week One, we will celebrate the unique sound of a left-handed bass player from my home town of Tulsa, Ok, named Wayman Tisdale. He graced this world with his beautiful gift of urban jazz before he went home to be with the Lord in 2009. We miss you Wayman, but thank you for leaving your legacy of splendor for us to enjoy. Your music.

Love,
Toni