Shania Twain Revealed Lyme Disease Almost Ended Her Music Career

While Shania Twain says her painful divorce from her ex-husband Mutt Lange in 2010 was the primary reason for her 15-year hiatus from music, she recently revealed that it wasn’t the only explanation for her long musical interlude.

The country artist says she battled Lyme disease for several years after being bit by a tick in Norfolk, Virginia, according to The Sun. She spent a considerable time during her break from the music industry battling the illness, which resulted in dysphonia, a vocal cord disorder, and the loss of her voice for years.

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What a Wall Street banker learned while playing music with New York’s homeless – CBS News

More than 127,000 people reportedly slept in New York City’s municipal shelters last year. Countless more slept on the streets.

The homeless population is often overlooked, but CBS News’ Michelle Miller spoke with one man who’s paying it forward.

A 29-year old Wall Street banker and a homeless veteran living on the streets of New York City is an unlikely duo.

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Childhaven Launch Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program

With many reflecting on Chris Cornell today on what would have been his birthday, it’s great to know that his impact will be felt on future generations. One such way this is happening is through the nonprofit organization Childhaven who have established the Chris Cornell Therapy Music Program with a $100,000 assist from Vicky Cornell to help get the program up and running.

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Doctors should prescribe art and poetry classes to patients, MPs say | News & Star

Greater use of “arts-on-prescription” programmes could save the NHS money by improving patients’ mental or physical health, with evidence suggesting creative activities could lower GP consultation rates and hospital admissions.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Health and Wellbeing said: “Arts-on-prescription activities help people to overcome physical and psychological pain, playing a vital role in the recovery and maintenance of health.

“Group creative activities in the community also help to overcome social isolation in people of all ages.”

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The Richest Artists In the World Make 75%+ of Their Money from Touring

Music streaming has helped major labels post record-breaking revenue.  In its Q1 report, WMG posted over $1 billion.  During the same period, Sony Music reported $1.2 billion.  UMG alone earns $4.5 million a day from streaming.  But despite the rise of streaming in the music industry, the richest artists still make the majority of their cash from touring.

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SoundCloud explores underground music scenes in a miniseries

This sounds like a really interesting idea.

SoundCloud isn’t done exploring new avenues just because it’s facing tough times. The streaming audio service is partnering with The Fader on a documentary miniseries, SoundCloud Next Wave, that spotlights underground music scenes in six cities ranging from New York to Rio de Janeiro. The first episode (which focuses on LA’s burgeoning goth rap scene) premieres on SoundCloud’s YouTube channel on July 20th at 10AM Eastern, and you’ll get a new episode each month for the rest of 2017. It’s something of a gamble for SoundCloud, but it might be one of the company’s wiser strategies given some of its recent messes.

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Art can be a powerful medicine against dementia | The Guardian

The more I hear evidence like this, the more I question why the homes & hospitals we Americans tend to put our Senior Citizens in, have bare walls and allow solitary lifestyles.  Activity rooms focus on mundane activities instead of creative pursuits.  Why is it we just don’t “get” this?  When will it change?  Healing & Wellness includes the betterment of the soul – and we all know ART is what feeds the soul.  Why are we starving our Seniors of this requirement?

A few weeks ago, turning on the radio, I hear a voice saying that creative writing can help wounds heal faster. Startled, I turn the volume up. Volunteers were given small wounds; half were then asked to write about something distressing in their life, the other half about something mundane. The wounds of the confessional writers healed substantially more quickly. A thought or a feeling is felt on the skin. Our minds, which have power over our bodies, are in our bodies and are our bodies: we cannot separate

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Chattanooga Public Library turns up the music with new production space | Times Free Press

What a GREAT idea!!

Thanks to grants of $75,000 from Benwood Foundation and $90,000 from Lyndhust Foundation, the library has a professional-quality 24-track studio that is available to library patrons, primarily for learning and teaching purposes.

While musicians will eventually be able to use the facility to record a track or a fairly simple song or podcast, it is not intended to be used in place of a professional working studio, according to Meredith Levine, head of youth services and the studio manager at the library.

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Violent Femmes reflect on the ups and downs making decades of music together – CBS News

The group first gained notice in 1981 when they were spotted busking outside a Milwaukee arena by The Pretenders, who were playing there that night.”

And suddenly we saw these British people and Chrissie Hynde, like, almost observing us. And they invited us to open the show, which was tremendous,” Ritchie said.

I had never heard this part of their “discovery” before, so cool!  Sounds like something Ms. Hynde would do 🙂

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