May 7, 2020
Questions from the young generation
What was your favorite year in music growing up?
Answer: That would be 1979. I am a 70’s child, and getting the chance to witness music culture evolving into the 80’s was an exciting experience. 79 had some amazing music from each and every genre. I was raised into a music loving family. Not only did my mother love top of the pop charts, but she also enjoyed the sounds of 50’s and 60’s rock&roll. My grandaddy was an accordion musician during the 1940’s and was a heavy listener of country music ( He is my hero and a good man rip pops). My sister was listening to current pop, dance, R&B sounds of the day. I had many aunt’s, uncles, and a slew of cousins who introduced me to the likes of jazz, classical, folk, soul, hard rock, new wave, latino, glam, rap, and gospel. I was a member of the school choir from grades 3 to 7th grade ( I will never forget my music teacher, she is one of the most kindest, sweet, warm, gentle souls I have ever known). One of my proud achievements is a 1979 playlist which took me months to create if you are interested or curious to hear.
Why do people do ghosting?
Answer: The term “ghosting,” refers to someone vanishing from your life without reason. If you attempt to contact he/she who ghosted you, they likely avoid answering your calls and do not respond to texts or your emails. Some do not know how to manage fear and embrace education. Or its simply stubborn pride. Most people who ghost on others do so for one or more of the following reasons:
- They have a history of avoiding difficult conversations.
- They find it easier to just disappear than tell the truth.
- They rationalize ghosting as less harmful than telling you they no longer wish to be your friend. Even though they keep you on their wall as a number.
- They do not care about the other person’s feelings, just their own.
- Some people believe that if they leave without any explanation, it will be easier to return later.
- They want to preserve their image as a good person. If they told you to your face that they no longer want to communicate with you, they could not avoid seeing your hurt feelings, anger, and disappointment. They would then feel like a bad person for hurting you.
Dear SongBird, If the U.S. is in depression, why is the stock market going up? I overheard on tv but didn’t understand.
Answer: No worries, you are not alone my friend. First... no place to put money, no single thing is being paid in the bond markets, so when rates go up, bonds go down. Second…the immense stimulus monies will be spent, in which helps the economy. And there may be some who ignore the fact that the economy will be weak for some time. Not certain for how long, but a V recovery may not occur. In March, the market took a historical hit when COVID-19 came into the picture.
But here is where we should all be optimistic… historically markets have been able to rebound from hard drops. For what it’s worth, I believe we will have a fragile period in stock prices. It will be hard to see the economy bouncing back, with so many business struggling and so many people with no job. It will take a good amount of time to get people into working form again. If 67% of the economy is based on people buying and we have double digit jobless, does it appear the stock market is being rational? My life’s experiences lean towards:… markets are priced based on expectations, and those expectations can and do change at a moments notice. This is a wonderful High Schooler question. Next time you see your economics teacher, ask her/him to discuss more details.
How much Music is released around the world every year?
Answer: Are you ready for the big number? With respects to the Music community as a whole ( All Genres ), the average number is around seven million as of 2019. This number includes all Album songs, EP’s, Promotionals, and so forth. Decades ago, the number was 38,000 but our global village has grown since. For these millennium times, we have seen tremendous amounts of Artists’ from all walks of life, and of course modern technology has provided some helpful creative tools for anyone who has the courage to make a demo-record in there own home or garage. Great Question, I always wondered that many years ago and to see the numbers as they are today is simply amazing!
Why is the bass guitar so difficult to play?<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Answer: This is an instrument I wanted to learn to play during high school, and finally purchased one when I turned 19 to learn. Yes most people are not aware of the challenge of such a beautiful instrument can create. The bass has to do two things at the same time. Accentuate the melody and reinforce the rhythm. This is in addition to generally being head-heavy, and having a string spacing and fret spacing that are … uncomfortable for most hands. Above the level of ‘hit the tonic with the kick drum’, the bass player’s headspace is very different from that of the drummer or the person playing the melody. The bass player has to sustain the pulse. Easy enough, eh?
And (uncertain part here) anticipate the melody. In a rock or blues setting that ranges from simple to complex. As the setting becomes more improvisational, the complexity increases. Listen to Charlie Mingus working with Thelonious Monk ( I know its not bass guitar, but just an example). That’s teamwork that doesn’t come in a day respectfully. My advice, (and take it for what it’s worth) listen to not just bass players, listen outside of your Genre. And an enormous amount of practice, even if only in your mind. I so love this question, check back with me anytime my friend!
How is memorizing chords of a song a bad habit for guitar beginners?
Answer: If someone told you that memorizing chords is a bad habit, you should politely ignore the suggestion from the individual. Memorizing chords, progressions, and also lyrics, is essential for anyone who has the ambition to perform publicly. It looks far more professional for an artist to perform without the distraction of a music stand. In addition, many songs have similar chord progressions so memorizing one song will help you with others. You got this, believe in yourself… remember think big and don’t listen to those who say it shouldn’t or cannot be done, life’s too quick to think small.
My favorite actor is Keanu Reeves, do you have any facts about him that others may not know?
One of mine too! Certainly. Keanu’s name is Hawaiian meaning ” Cool breeze over the mountain”. In his early teen years, he played a great amount of ice hockey and actually dreamed of representing Canada in the Olympics but chose to pursue acting career. Reeves worked 2 part-time jobs during high school to save money to relocate to L.A.( grocery store & an ice skate sharpener). He can play the bass guitar and actually played in a band. Just a few years ago, the Media revealed he was secretly donating millions to Children’s Hospitals across the country as well as cancer research.
Can you let me know of great book to read to my younger brother? He is 6.
Absolutely. Teaching Children Philosophy and one of my all time Classic Favorites is “The Story of Ferdinand”. American Author Wilbur Monroe Leaf writes about the Young Ferdinand, who does not enjoy butting heads with other young calves, preferring instead to sit under a tree smelling the flowers. His mother is concerned that he might be lonely, and tries to persuade him to play with the other calves, but when she sees that Ferdinand is all smiles with content, she lets him be to his enjoyment.
Why has no one hit Chef Gordan Ramsay?
Answer: The first line of defense is Ramsay himself. When you watch shows, on a few occasions, people tried to hit him and he blocked them and says “Don’t be stupid.” If Chef had fear, the show does have body guards behind the scenes that can take down anyone before anything serious occurs. Also lets note, television is not real life. People are told that they are going to get yelled at for the sake of tv ratings, so expect some verbal abuse. There is an old saying, ” If you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen”. On his U.K. and Australian shows, he is very polite and nice. It’s an act. SongBird loves these questions!
Is there a country whose people are not exposed to Covid-19?
Answer: There are 12 countries without Covid-19 cases as of May the 6th 2020. N.Korea, Turkmenistan, Lesotho, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Kiribati, Tonga, Marshall Islands, Palau, Micronesia, and Tuvalu.
If Biden runs for President, can he legally nominate Obama as his Vice President?<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Answer: The real question is, can a member of the Electoral College legally cast a vote for Barack Obama for the office of Vice President? And the answer to that one is “we don’t know”. The 12th Amendment clearly states “no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States”, this means an individual ineligible to be President cannot be Vice-President. However….the 22nd Amendment states “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice”. But the question is in regards to VP and not the Presidency. The 22nd Amendment STATES NOTHING about who is eligible to be elected to the office of the Vice President, nor does it mention anything about who is eligible to be President. This is arguable and great question.
Is the lowest note on a guitar the G# note, or am I counting in the wrong direction?
Lowest in tone is the E on the low E string. As far as lowest in position, the key and name of the scale determine the root and C is the root and it occurs first in the standard teaching of the Major C scale and therefore, the lowest (it’s standard for teaching).