Sing at the top of your lungs;

Photo taken at Groovin the Moo, 2011

With the amount of assignments & tests on at the moment, I’m finding little time to go for my usual river walk. I know from past experience that walks in the fresh air are my number one solution for a mood booster but what I didn’t know was that singing can have a similar effect!

After hearing that, I did some research and here’s what I found:

– “All types of singing have positive psychological effects. The act of singing releases endorphins, the brain’s “feel good” chemicals. Singing in front of a crowd, a la karaoke, naturally builds confidence, which has broad and long-lasting effects on general well-being. But of all types of singing, it’s choral singing that seems to have the most dramatic effects on people’s lives” via How Stuff Works

– “Canadian research has shown that when people listen to their favourite music, it activates the same pleasure-rewards centre as sex, and thus a release of dopamine. The pain-dulling effects of endorphins, however, appear to require more active involvement” via Canada.com

–  “Singing gives the lungs a workout; it tones abdominal and intercostal muscles and the diaphragm and stimulates circulation; it makes us breathe more deeply than many forms of strenuous exercise, so we take in more oxygen, improve aerobic capacity and experience a release of muscle tension as well.”

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– “It is very effective as a stress reliever and improves sleep; it also improves mental alertness” via Barbershop Harmony Society

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What’s there not to love about singing huh? Now my question is, what’s your favourite song or album that always gets you singing the loudest?

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Taking it back;

This weekend I heard a song that took me back a good few years (7 or 8?) to a time when I was probably the most carefree…..and totally wreckless. Isn’t it funny how certain songs will bring back one particular memory? This song takes me back to New Zealand, a certain night with friends that I’d like to remember in 1o years time but judging by my brain capacity, I better write it down!

Anyone else remember this brilliant little number?

Like a version: Thundamentals

There’s a radio station in Australia called Triple J that has artists coming in weekly to sing live. Firstly, they do one of their own songs & then they do a cover of someone else’s song. The week just gone, Thundamentals, a hip hop trio from the Blue Mountains in New South Wales came in and sung one of their classics, “Paint the Town Red” and then covered the famous Matt Corby song, “Brother“.

Check out Thundamental’s version of Brother and let me know which one you like better:

Groovin The Moo

Ever since my first Groovin The Moo (GTM) experience in 2010, I’ve been looking forward to the next one as soon as one’s ended. It’s in May which means I’m not a moody cow (no pun intended ha!) from the heat like I tend to be at all the summer festivals but there’s something about GTM that I love.

Maybe it’s the fact that they are held in regional parts of Australia so it’s more of a weekend road trip as opposed to a typical day festival. The past two times, I drove down on the Friday night & stayed two nights but being on a budget this year, I drove down Saturday morning with a friend. We had lunch at a local brewery in Bunbury called The MASH Brewery which had views over the water & then made our way to the festival where we danced until late at night.

Here’s some photos from the day/night:

Dancing to Hermitude in the all ages section….I felt OLD!

Mupperty

We collected cans because for every can you brought back, you got $1 refund! We made $27 between us two!

There were funny outfits…this rabbit had carrots taped to his leg….genius!!

Me & my partner in crime Miss S

I waited 30 minutes for this spot to see Hilltop Hoods & weathered a brat pouring her drink all over my head for this prime spot….so worth it!

Next year, I’ll probably be a little bit more prepared for the weekend and actually organise accommodation….me & Miss S slept in my car! It was super comfy & warm though. However, the sun at 7am was a little painful.

My type of guy;

The way girls gush over actors, is similar to how I feel about underground musicians, usually in the hip hop, drum n bass & dubstep scenes.

It wasn’t until I went to London did I realise just how much I love the UK scene, particularly the way guys dress in the above music scenes.

Someone I’ve been paying extra attention to, Professor Green, for his music & style:

I love some of the stuff he’s pulled off here like the stripey rugby jersey & the baseball type jackets.

Now, where can I find myself one of these?