Actividades creativas, una fuente de salud mental

¿Alguna vez has estado tan concentrado en tu pasatiempo favorito que te has ido como en un viaje mental y se te olvidan los dolores con los que te levantaste en la mañana? Yo, por ejemplo, en dí­as en que he tenido mucho estrés, entro en mi burbuja musical y hago una práctica de piano. El resultado es que mi estado de ánimo mejora increí­blemente. Está comprobado que las actividades creativas -como las manualidades, el tejer, hacer jardinerí­a, dibujar – …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. At Kennedy Elementary School in Dubuque, Iowa, the oldest member of the band is 79. (Learn more at Twincities.com) 2. Your brain is over the hill at age 24. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Johnny Cash can still have a No. 1 album 11 years after he died. (Learn more at AARP) 4. A new app adjusts your body rhythm to beat jet lag. (Learn more at Newsweek) 5. Scientists say they’ve manufactured blood for people. (Learn more at Gizmodo) >> Sign …

Elton John: Still a Student at 60 Years On

Elton John, whose first solo studio album in seven years comes out today, told University of Southern California students treated to a free concert of his last week, “You have to keep trying and improving. Coasting is dangerous. I can’t just play ‘Bennie and the Jets’ over and over again.” But John did play “Bennie and the Jets” during his concert at the university’s 1,250-seat Bovard Auditorium, along with other hit classics including “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Rocket Man.” …

A Pianist Who Plays for Charity

What did you do this summer? Hit the beach? Visit the in-laws? Take the grandkids to Disney World? Ask Mark Damisch and the 57-year-old Chicago lawyer will tell you he spent five weeks on tour playing piano concerts in Scandinavia and Russia to raise money for worthy causes. Damisch’s exhausting schedule – 21 concerts in six countries  - isn’t for the faint of heart. But he’s a pro at marathon travel. (He was in Copenhagen, Denmark, when we spoke.) This …

Marian McPartland: From Jazz Virtuoso to Radio Host

Marian McPartland had not just one, but two stellar careers. As a pianist during the halcyon days of modern jazz, she became enough of a star that photographer Art Kane included her in Esquire magazine’s famous 1958 group photograph in Harlem, alongside such immortals as Dizzy Gillespie and Charles Mingus. Here she is in 1974, performing “In A Mist.”   From 1978 to 2011, McPartland had a second act as host of National Public Radio’s popular show Piano Jazz. She …

Ray Manzarek: 5 Facts About the Doors’ Keyboardist

One day in August 1965, UCLA film graduate Ray Manzarek was walking along Venice Beach in Los Angeles when he had a chance meeting with an old college acquaintance named Jim Morrison. In a moment that would later be enshrined in the mythology of rock music, Manzarek asked Morrison what he’d been up to since he’d dropped out of school. Morrison told him that he’d been writing songs. Manzarek was intrigued. “Let’s hear ‘em,” he said. Morrison responded by kneeling, …