Michael Jackson was on to something when he sang that “A-B-C” is “simple as ‘Do Re Mi.’” Music helps kids remember basic facts such as the order of letters in the alphabet, partly because songs tap into fundamental systems in our brains …
Editor’s note: This article on CNN.com caught our attention this weekend. It’s a long read, but the science backs up what you and I already know … music impacts us. It impacts our mood, our attitudes, our emotions and in extreme cases, our choices. When you get a chance, refill your coffee cup and check out the article on CNN.com, but in the meantime here are some of the quotes that jumped out at us:
Whether it’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” or “Somebody That I Used to Know,” or even “Bad Romance” or “Bohemian Rhapsody,” it’s easy to get part of a song stuck in your head, perhaps even a part that you don’t particularly like. It plays over and over on repeat, as if the “loop” button got stuck on your music player. (Note: Scientists call these “Ear Worms”)
Did you know that monkeys can’t tap their feet to songs, or recognize beats? It appears that humans are the only primates who move to the beat of music.
You may associate particular songs with events in your life — Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” might remind you of your graduation day, if you had a graduation in the 1990s or 2000s, for example.
“I just approach music as a language, because it is,” Victor Wooten of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones said. “It serves the same purpose. It’s a form of expression. A way for me to express myself, convey feelings, and sometimes it actually works better than a written or verbal language.”
Okay, we all know what the holiday will be like. Lots of food, football on television, odd ancient relatives with more hair coming out of their ears than on their head, and, between the kisses from over-perfumed aunties, lots of boredom.
But did you ever think that maybe this holiday YOU could make a difference on the enjoyment meter?
We know that the tendency is for you to disappear into your own world on your smartphone or portable computer thingy, or just hang with your dopy cousins and be bored together. So, these ideas will help make your Thanksgiving the best one you’ve ever experienced and endear you to your family members.
Ask older people to tell you stories about their life. What was living on a farm like? What was life like for you during the war? What was it like to use a pay phone? How was being a teenager in those days different than today? Did you really see the Beatles play live? etc. You might find hidden treasure sitting on your living room sofa!
Be the designated photographer. Shoot photos of family members – especially the ones you don’t see often. Get everyone’s e-mail address and email copies of your photos to everyone.
Clear the table, do the dishes, take out the trash – but do it intentionally. Recast yourself as the “Busboy” – you’re trying to BLESS the adults, so take the initiative and get things cleaned up before anyone can even ask to do it. You’ll be amazed at how much fun you can have doing these kinds of chores with a go-for-it attitude!
If someone beats you to the Busboy job, then you choose to be the “Waiter” or “Waitress.” Refill people’s drinks, bring out more appetizers, ask whether anyone needs anything… all the actions that good waiter or waitress would do to earn a tip – but you do it to bless everyone else!
If people will be watching football, volunteer to make things a little more interesting. Here’s an idea to try: take “bets” on the game (not just win/lose, but maybe point spread, or will this next play be a run or a pass, etc.) Figure out a way to track the standings of the participants. The grand winner gets his or her car washed by you!
Organize some Thanksgiving games for the little kids. The adults will think you’re a hero! Here are some ideas: Pin the Tail on the Turkey; Turkey Trivia (You can find Thanksgiving trivia or quizzes online); Create a flag-football game with the little kids that you play in the backyard.
Play “Marco-Turkey” – it’s like “Marco Polo” that you play in a swimming pool, but you play this in the garage or smaller roped off area. Blindfold one “Pilgrim” who has to tag the “turkeys” (the other kids who are crawling around on all fours.)
When you do some or all these ideas, you’ll transform your Thanksgiving experience. You’ll probably discover that the best part of the holiday has nothing to do with feasting, turkey, football, or cranberries. You’ll discover the joy of blessing others, of connecting with family, and of making lifetime memories.
NOTE TO YOUTH LEADERS: Use what you have here to encourage your students to turn their Thanksgiving experience into an opportunity to bless their families. You can copy/paste these ideas into a series of texts that you send your students or post this whole thing on your youth ministry website, or even use the text to create a cool flyer that you hand out to the group. Click here to download these ideas as a PDF.
From the cast, you’d think it was an Oscar contender. There’s Melissa Leo, who took home an Academy Award last year for portraying the brash, hair-sprayed matriarch in “The Fighter.” And then there’s Robert Duvall. Show original
Editor’s Note: If you haven’t seen our scoop.it feed, it’s a place where I curate articles, posts and snippets from the interwebs that relate specifically to student ministry and music and media. Often I tweet or post to Facebook items I find, but occasionally I feel like something warrants more space for discussion. So I’ve started posting some of those items here. When you see the “via scoop.it” tag on a post here, know that the content is coming from another source. I’ll try to add some commentary or additional thoughts if I can. As always, feel free to add your two cents worth in the comments.
Via Scoop.it – interlinc
Get your heads out of the gutters, America’s musicians. We always knew that with all your nipple-showing and lesbian-kissing and crotch-grabbing that you’re obsessed with sex, and today we have the science to back it up …
Finally some science to back up what we already knew: mainstream music is rife with sexual content. The original study is very academic (yawn), but the results are something everyone in student ministry needs to read.
If you’re looking for resources to help you talk about some tough topics, check out our special edition DVD: “The Naked Truth: The New Sexuality and Youth Ministry.” It includes over 3 hours of video – with 21 teaching clips and discussion starters. Click here to learn more.
Here are some of our other recent posts about the content of mainstream music and what you can do about it.
It gives me a bit of whiplash to go from “Firework” to Katy’s latest release “Last Friday Night (TGIF).” While I appreciate the homage to all things ’80s, the message of the song is wrong on so many levels that I don’t even know where to start.
Via Scoop.it – interlinc
The official blog site of Dare 2 Share Ministries CEO and founder, Greg Stier. Over the last decade, Greg has impacted the lives of tens of thousands of Christian teenagers across the country through Dare 2 Share conferences. Show original
UPDATE 8/25/11: We wanted to share the re:tuned discussion starter for this song with you from YLO85. Please take any opportunity you have to engage your students on this song. Click here to download the re:tuned article.
It seems most of the media outlets are ready to crown LMFAO’s song “Party Rock Anthem” as the feel-good song of the summer of 2011, as it’s spent the last 6 weeks at the top of the Billboard Top 100. While the video is relatively tame (and the dancing is pretty awesome), I promise your kids are singing along to these lyrics without much thought to their content.
The duo are uncle and nephew (makes me wonder who’s a role model for who?) and their acronym name, according to this interview on NPR, was suggested by Sky Blu’s grandmother.
Check out some of what’s being said about the duo and their music: