reality check diary

Reality. (Wikimedia Commons)

For all of you paying attention to the polls: read this piece in FiveThirtyEight: Dear Media: Stop Freaking Out About Donald Trump’s Polls.  Scroll down to the place where it says “Most Voters Are Barely Paying Attention.”

Okay?

For the rest of you:

Singing Changes Your Brain

Key paragraph:

The benefits of singing regularly seem to be cumulative. In one study, singers were found to have lower levels of cortisol, indicating lower stress.  A very preliminary investigation suggesting that our heart rates may sync up during group singing could also explain why singing together sometimes feels like a guided group meditation.  Study after study has found that singing relieves anxiety and contributes to quality of life. Dr. Julene K. Johnson, a researcher who has focused on older singers, recently began a five year study to examine group singing as an affordable method to improve the health and well-being of older adults.

OK so what do I like to sing?

This one has lyrics on the YouTube page:

I like to sing this one on windy days.  Lyrics are here.

Another reality check from GotQuestions.org:

It is well known that our existence in this universe depends on numerous cosmological constants and parameters whose numerical values must fall within a very narrow range of values. If even a single variable were off, even slightly, we would not exist.

So…

I think the attraction of this one is the vocal chord changes.  Lyrics are here:

I can’t really explain this one:

Now here’s a winter song for those of you in the northern hemisphere.  Lyrics are here:

And for those of you in Eastern Time:

Okay so now it’s your turn to suggest songs or just start in.  Remember to turn off your electric devices after listening.

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