New music post by Ruddy Adam.
News on Music for Alzheimer Patients, and for Your Right-Brain and Enjoyment: Elvis Smoothly Moving from Tenor to Baritone in “Spinout”
The discovery that playing one’s favorite music helps the brain is somewhat new, though music therapists and neurologists have known for some time that people react well to music they enjoy.
We’ve known for 30-years that instrumental music, such as Jazz and Classical is good for the whole-brain and the memory. Music therapists have used that type of music for years to help bed-ridden and Alzheimer patients. It makes sense that something you like and is joyful to you is good for you, in the way of music.
All of you who’ve known me for a while remember that I hired a music therapist, who will be receiving this email, back in the `90s when my mother was down. An aesthetic who loved music anyway, my mother took to it like a newborn bird singing its first note. The therapist played mostly Classical, along with certain Jazz tunes. It certainly helped. I’d peek her room to see how she was doing, and she’d be lying back on the bed with her eyes closed with her arms raised—conducting. Happy and at peace! It was a beautiful sight—for me, at least. Every time I saw that picture I thanked the Lord for music!
As I’ve said over and over, all music is whole-brained and good for the brain as long as it is not flat or sharp, not a heavy bass, is not so loud that it causes you ears to roar, and the lyrics are not negative and depressing as much of country is, and is not agitating by way of encouraging people to attack others, as a lot of rap is.
Music with movements in it, time changes, classical builds and pauses, interesting and innovative instrumental solos, stimulates the right-brain. Singers who can change from one range to the other, as Elvis often moved from tenor to baritone (see video below) or vice versa, and who can manipulate their voices in various ways, as Elvis and Janis often did, most especially stimulate the right-brain, an activity we have been interested in doing because we live in such a left-brained world.
The short bit on Alzheimer patients is worth a listen, and Elvis is definitely worth the time.
In “Spinout” below, Elvis moves from tenor to baritone with such ease you wonder if he even has to think about doing it. And it’s so subtle, but it makes the song—a quite simple song that most people wouldn’t take a second thought to, Elvis does something in it that no other singer during his day could do.
Really great beat song. Wonderful classical pauses. Elvis uses very little voice manipulation, except at 1:17 and 1:58, when he gives us a tiny tease with a voice break on the word “prove.” Perfect!
Elvis begins the song singing tenor, and then when he steps up on the platform at 1:03, he drops to baritone, and then goes back up to tenor, and then when he steps up on the bench, he drops back down to baritone. Cute! Elvis goes up; his voice goes down. Elvis goes down; his voice goes up.
This is some real slick singing folks, again showing what an ungodly ear Elvis had, to move from low tenor to high baritone—as smooth as a swooning teen bats her eyes.
“Spinout” is peppy, fun, and uplifting. One of my favorite Elvis songs!
“Spinout,” Elvis Presley from the Movie, “Spinout,” 1966 (2:30)