Not only is art a great experience at home, my wife and I like to share our paintings with the rest of the community, if possible, around the world. My little painting next to me, entitled "America The Great" was created to express my love for my birth country the USA. I also love Canada and am a citizen of both countries. I had no idea that this small painting would bring such happiness. The painting is an excellent example of freedom in North America. As you read this let me say "May The Force Be With You."
recently came across the research article listed below and my heart started
beating faster. The goal of the authors is to explore the significance of music
to us older folks. We are told in
the first paragraph that while younger person’s attachment to music is well
known, that of seniors is less understood.
research articles even suggest that we seniors become less attached to music as
we age. So the researchers, who
are here in Canada, began their journey by gathering info from the Canadian
Study on Health and Aging. First
the researchers developed a questionnaire that asks about the importance of
music in the person's lives. Wow,
this partly explains why I love Glee, American Idol, and The Voice. Oh yes and I also love So You
Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars.
upstairs in my art painting “office.”, I recently plugged in a portable radio
and I plan to turn it on whenever I go up to paint.
also like to hum and sing and play with a harmonica. I also have a dulcimer,
which I don’t play with very often.
Now here is an interesting quotation “
Moreover, because music listening entails complex cognitive processes in
structuring and retaining information, it is reasonable to ask if the judged importance of music depends on
general cognitive status.”
the began their research. There were
320 subjects with a mean of 78.3 years. The subjects were asked five questions:
frequently do you listen?
participate in choirs?
play a musical instrument”
favorite song and it’s popularity/
important do you think music is?
“ ---It can be inferred
that music can contribute can contribute to the quality of life regardless of
Finally, there are three important things to consider:
government should make music a priority in connection to seniors
issue is challenging for example the government should ensure access and proper
use of hearing aids (I have hearing aids for both ears and quite often forget
to put them on when I walk out the door
C) “Finally: there is a role for education in the fields of gerontology, developmental psychology,
music education, music therapy, and music psychology to emphasize the importance of music.” PS I seldom get feedbacks from my
blog posts but I would love to read what you think.
[i] A, Cohen, B. Bailly & T, Nilsson (2002). The Importance of Music
to Seniors, Psychomusicolgy,
This painting is my
first fully imagination-based project. It is a reflection of dreams that have
arisen and encouragement from my Fine Arts graduate wife. Until recently most
of my paintings have come externally; copying photo representations of people,
animals and landscapes.
Along the way I have
had a growing desire to be “creative.”
And one of the things art advisors tell us is not to end a painting
project by dumping acrylic leftovers into the sink. So, a few days ago I began this project. In addition I
recently have occasionally been able to actually manipulate dream characters
while I’m still asleep.
So, a few days ago I
began this project by applying “left over” paint to a canvas on the other side
of the room. The next day the paint began to reflect specific images as I added
more paint. This evolved into a
plan for the whole project.
I began my
creativity hobbies five or six years years ago.First with woodcarving and using stone.Next month I will show more.My first representation is my Bear of
Stone. I have not included any poetry with this because my bear prefers to