A team from Charnwood Lodge on Annan Road have been helping residents who are living with the chronic disorder to connect with their past using meaningful music.

Dumfries care home staff have got a sound idea for dementia patients.

A team from Charnwood Lodge on Annan Road have been helping residents who are living with the chronic disorder to connect with their past using meaningful music .

And now they are appealing for people to help with the Playlist for Life initiative by donating unused listening devices including old Apple Ipods .

Support worker Linda Irving said: “Playlist for Life has had such a wonderful effect on the people we support, we have seen such a change in them when we play them songs connected to their past.

“We involve families and friends to make sure the music we use is a personal playlist specific to them and it is just amazing to see their reactions.”

She added: “We’re asking if anyone out there has any unwanted Ipods, phones or old personal CD players, anything we can play music on, to please donate them and help us reach as many people as we can.”

The care home has collaborated with charity Playlist for Life to deliver the pioneering scheme.

Founded in 2013 by Scottish journalist Sally Magnusson, whose late mother suffered from dementia, the voluntary organisation works with person-centred care groups to promote the theory that response to music is not destroyed by the condition.

Studies have found that access to specific and memorable songs and compositions evokes memories and helps to alleviate dementia symptoms such as anxiety and agitation, while improving awareness, ability to think and helping develop a sense of identity and independence.

It is thought a widespread introduction of the simple, low-cost intervention will provide long term benefits for the national economy and wider society.

Linda added: “It’s a great idea, we are encouraging people to donate to any care homes in the region, not just us, so that even more people can benefit.”

A life of music for Sidney Drew

Posted: November 20, 2016 in Music News

ASHLEY MAIKA/ Northumberland Today Sidney Drew will be retiring from piano after 35 years of playing local churches and choir following her last concert on December 4.

Sidney Drew, 83-year-old accompanist for Choral Legacy Women’s Choir and Rural Faith United Church, will be retiring after more than eight years with Choral Women’s Choir, and 35 with the local churches.

Since moving to the area, Drew had been playing for both Bethesda United Church and Baltimore Church.

Her last concert with Choral Legacy Women’s Choir will be on Dec. 4 and is called Getting in the Mood for Christmas.

Drew said she decided to retire in June, and would stay until Christmas so there would be time to find someone else to play the piano.

She said her reasoning for retiring was for her deterioration of hearing and arthritis in her hands, and the goodbye is bittersweet.

“It’s retiring from 75 years of music really,” said Drew who started practising when she was seven years old.

Before the amalgamation of Baltimore United Church and Bethesda South United Church, Drew would play at both services on Sunday, and practice with the Choral Legacy Women’s Choir on Thursdays.

Now, with her spare time, she wishes to spend it with family, specifically her grandchildren. She hasn’t had as much time with them as she’d like because her schedule really only gave her free time when they were in school.

Drew said that a week ago, after her last time playing at the service for Rural Faith United Church, the congregation had a little surprise for her to say goodbye, complete with food and two of her grandchildren playing the piano for her.

Drew expressed a lot of pride that three of her grandchildren are interested in music, specifically piano.

Although Drew will not be playing anymore for the choir or church, she says she will still be attending the choirs concerts and going to church.

Getting in the Mood for Christmas will be held at Baltimore United Church, 9288 Burwash St. at 2:30 p.m. where tickets are $10 at the door.

New Music From the Late Chris LeDoux

Posted: October 18, 2016 in Music
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It’s uncanny how much Ned LeDoux sounds like his dad, Chris LeDoux.

The late country singer and rodeo star is survived by five kids, but his son Ned, 39, is the only one who has been following in his dad’s footsteps.

“I’ve always known music was the path I wanted to take,” he told me. “And I’m grateful every day that I can say I play country music for a living.”

On Friday (Dec. 2), Ned released a new five-song EP Forever a Cowboy, and on it is one very special song. It was one his father started, and he finished.

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It goes like this.

A few years after Chris died in 2005, his wife ran across some papers with his song ideas on them. Those papers eventually made their way to Ned.

“They were all handwritten, and they were basically just like poems,” he said. “Only two or three lines, and some of the lines were crossed out, like he didn’t want to use them. There were no patterns. Just lines like, ‘I drive a rusted pickup truck,’ and one about rusted barbed wire. He must’ve been working on it and then put it away.”

Once Ned and singer/songwriter/producer Mac McAnally sat down with the unfinished songs, they filled in the blanks and came up with “We Ain’t Got It All.”

“We tried to hone in on what dad must’ve been trying to do with that one,” he said. “I’d like to think he’d be happy with the way it turned out. Because we didn’t go too far off the path that he was on.”

An earlier tribute to LeDoux was released shortly after he died in 2005. Garth Brooks recorded a song called “Good Ride Cowboy,” all about the rodeo and music life that Chris was living, and what it must’ve been like when he got to heaven: “I bet he crossed that River Jordan/With St. Peter on the other side, singing good ride, cowboy, good ride.”

“‘Good Ride Cowboy’ was such a great tribute to dad,” he said. “It was neat how they incorporate different song titles of dad’s. I get a big ol’ grin on my face every time I hear it. Garth’s always been very supportive of dad and his music. They were pretty good buddies.”

Brooks had been a fan of Chris’ for years, even though he was relatively unknown until Brook’s 1989 debut single “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)” mentioned him in the third verse: “The worn out tape of Chris LeDoux, lonely women, and bad booze seem to be the only friends I’ve left at all.” In a live version of the song, Brooks screams out, “God bless Chris LeDoux.”

As for his own music, Ned is trying to pick up where his dad left off, and to stay true to the life he’s living.

“I’m just trying to put the cowboy back in country,” he said. “I’m a terrible pretender, so I just stick to my guns.”

Five-time Grammy-nominated sitarist and composer Anoushka Shankar, who is currently touring India as part of a charity event and in support of her ninth album Land of Gold, says she is interested in foraying into writing and composing music for feature films.

Even though it’s not her greatest desire in the world, Anoushka told IANS in an interview: “I’ve been making music for a while, and composing for films is an area I really want to explore. I would love to start writing music for films.”

Asked if she has any composer in mind she would like to collaborate with, she said: “There are so many amazing musicians and I want to work with all of them.”

On her fifth nation-wide solo tour of India, she said “a lot of magic can happen on stage”.

“Our lives have become so mechanical, that sometimes even playing with a kid can bring you back into the current moment. Playing in front of a live audience is one of those things where you’re connecting with people in that moment,” said the daughter of late sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar.

“When you’re performing at a concert, you experience a kind of electricity and that allows alchemy to happen between people and that’s very powerful. As a musician, there’s nothing more incredible than that,” she explained.

For Anoushka, who has been touring the word since she was 14, life motivates her music.

“It’s hard for me to write constantly. So most of the times my writing tends to be in response to my emotions. Everything I go through or experience in life channels through my music,” she said, admitting this results in a lot of personal unfoldment in her work.

The 35-year-old is married to British filmmaker Joe Wright, and they have two sons.

How has her music changed after she became a parent?

“It’s the biggest change I’ve gone through in life. It has changed me hugely as a person and it has automatically changed my music, too,” she said.

Having been playing sitar from a very young age, asked as a musician does she ever face a saturation point, Anoushka said: “A musician is continuously expressing through music, constantly creating new music, and hence, the saturation level of not being fulfilled won’t come up.”

Even if she’s down on one project, she said: “I always have another project to reinvent. And then there’s life and other influences to get inspired.”

Her latest album, “Land of Gold”, explores the stories of the “voiceless and dispossessed”.

“The central message of ‘Land of Gold’ is the recognition of resilience of the human spirit and our ability to find the place where enduring hope resides. Everyone is, in some way or another, searching for their own ‘Land of Gold’,” she said.

Apart from her regular collaboration, she has teamed up with guest artistes’ rapper M.I.A and actress-activist Vanessa Redgrave on this album.

“They’re wonderful artistes but they also represent something in context of the album. For instance, M.I.A’s status as a refugee and Vanessa’s activism brings a different perspective to the music,” she said.

As part of the tour, Anoushka has already performed in Chennai, Mumbai and Pune. Next on the itinerary are New Delhi on December 9, Bengaluru on December 10 and Hyderabad on December 11.

There’s a blank space in the VMAs seating chart this year, baby. Taylor Swift will not be attending the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 28, multiple sources confirm to Us Weekly.

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Taylor Swift attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. Jason Merritt/Getty Images
The country starlet turned pop phenom — who won four Moonmen at last year’s ceremony, including Video of the Year for her celeb-packed “Bad Blood” visual — was not nominated for any Moonmen this year, though her clips for “Wildest Dreams” and “Out of the Woods” (off her blockbuster 1989 album) were both eligible.

While neither video is up for an award, the award show is still technically honoring Swift, 26, if you consider her contributions to ex-beau Calvin Harris’ Rihanna-assisted hit “This Is What You Came For,” which is nominated for Best Collaboration. The “Shake It Off” hitmaker secretly sang on the track and wrote it under the pseudonym Nils Sjoberg.

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Despite her lack of nominations, the Grammy winner never planned on attending this year’s show. Though fans will undoubtedly miss Swift’s presence on Sunday night, the highly anticipated event is shaping up to be one of MTV’s most epic yet.

As Us Weekly previously reported on Thursday, August 25, artists such as Kanye West, Beyoncé and Rihanna have big plans in store.

West, 39 — who was presented with the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award by his sometime enemy  Swift at the 2015 VMAs — will most likely perform “Famous,” the controversial song in which he takes credit for the “Blank Space” songstress’ fame. The video for the NSFW tune — featuring nude lookalikes of Swift, West, Kim Kardashian and others sleeping in bed — is nominated in several categories, including the coveted Video of the Year award.

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In addition to Yeezy’s performance, multiple sources confirm to Us that Queen Bey, 34, will light up the VMAs stage as well. And just when music fans thought it couldn’t get any better: RiRi, who will receive the Video Vanguard Award this year, is set to sing “several songs throughout the show,” a source tells Us.

Confirmed performers for the show include Rihanna, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Future. The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards will air on MTV Sunday, August 28, at 9 p.m. ET.

Calling all Canadian VIXX fans!

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The stunning six member Korean boy group are set to make their appearance at the 2016 Toronto K-pop Con.

After its inaugural convention last year, Toronto K-pop Con is back with three days of Korean pop and culture related events. Attendees can look forward to meet and greets with famous YouTubers, dance workshops, celebrity panels, vendors selling K-pop merchandise, and so much more. Toronto K-pop Con even boasts talent and fashion competitions and a Korean style games room with prizes sponsored by the Korean skin care brand The Face Shop.

Since VIXX’s last North American performance at 2015 KCON in New York, they have released two spectacular tracks that fans are eager to see live. At the end of August, VIXX’s first sub-unit project group LR (made up of members Leo and Ravi) made their debut with the captivating and dark “Beautiful Liar.” Then, in November VIXX made their first group comeback since February with “Chained Up.”

VIXX is scheduled to be the first of four headlining acts. Anticipation is high to see who else graces the stage at Toronto K-pop Con.

Toronto K-pop Con (#TKC16) will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from May 20 to May 22, 2016. Tickets are on sale throught their official website.

The Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) is one of the biggest nights in K-pop, but the event has been plagued by rumors that SM Entertainment artists may not perform and allegations of rigged fan votes.

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On Nov. 24, organizers for the upcoming award show addressed growing concerns from journalists and K-pop fans, through a statement published by OSEN.

“Starring singers [performers] and the lineup will soon be announced to the public,” said a spokesperson for Mnet, in an official statement. “The final lineup has not been finalized, [but] we will announce the complete lineup, soon.”

The response from Mnet follows rumors centered on MAMA performers, including reports that SM and FNC Entertainment may boycott the show, following increased attention on the booking of YG artists.

Insiders previously speculated that YG artists would not attend, but these reports were negated when Mnet announced the inclusion of Big Bang, 2NE1’s CL, iKON, and PSY, as performers at the December award program.

Other previously announced performers include BTS, GOT7, f(x), Pet Shop Boys, and Zion.T.

The root of rumors surrounding the MAMA 2015 lineup remains unknown, but a contributing factor to the reports could be the expansion of fan voting to include 17 categories. While popularity votes attribute to a small percentage in key divisions like Artist and Song of the Year, audiences have expressed concerns about the domination of acts like Big Bang.

While an alleged boycott by SM or FNC Entertainment may seem like media play to international audiences, domestic fans have expressed their concerns, following the absence of several top stars at the 52nd Daejong Film Awards.

The event, which is also known as the Grand Bell Award, experienced the unprecedented absence of top stars including the recipients of Best Actress and Best Actor honors. However, MAMA 2015 will witness the appearance of a bevy of television and film performers including actresses Park Shin Hye, Gong Hyo Jin, and Kim So Eun.

The 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the AsianWorld-Expo Center in Hong Kong.