As I type up my mother's notebooks of Torah thoughts and lessons, I noticed that I make more typos when I am rushing. Meaning, I am looking at the words that are to come instead of focusing on the current word. Obviously, I need to be looking at the future words to go faster, but … Continue reading Lessons in Mindfulness from Typing and Strumming
I played ukulele outside during my lunch break yesterday, the warm sun shining down on me. Hadn’t played outside since I bought this new instrument two weeks ago. It was delightful. Something else happened that was a different kind of magical at the end. A man from our community with special needs came up to … Continue reading You Play Ukulele?
TV is visual, unlike reading which leaves the images up to the reader's imagination—invites them to create their own interpretation. The influence of images is also apparent in music videos—impacting the way one interprets a song. Which is why I often will play a song on YouTube but ignore the music video, since I want … Continue reading Music Videos Versus the Songs Themselves
The songs are great (or not!) but the deeper reason why we like them is that they bring up memories of our youth. With many osngs I can picture what I was doing at the time, my emotions, my interactions, etc. It's kind of like oflactory memory—it shoots me back right into that moment.
There is an ongoing conversation regarding the detriment of cutting art and music from schools. I have another reason to add to this: Not only do art and music expand our overall intelligence and appreciation for the world, but they can be crucial outlets for mental health. Speaking for myself, along with writing, I have … Continue reading TBT: The Healing Power of Teaching Art and Music in School