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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.”


New Music From the Late Chris LeDoux

Posted: October 18, 2016 in Music

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.


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.

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.


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.

It’s been over 10 years since Jeff Lynne’s ELO released an album. In the intervening decade they have been “critically rehabilitated from guilty pleasure to national treasure”, becoming one of the most sampled acts in hip-hop history – 44 and counting, from Young Jeezy to Brain Dead according to this blog. In 2014, they put on a triumphant reunion show in Hyde Park, London.
It makes sense then, that after the revival comes a revived interest in music-making, and Lynne soon returned to the studio to make the album Alone in the Universe, released on 13 November.

“I felt that again when we played Hyde Park. I remember thinking how all these years later, the songs somehow mean even more to people, and to me, too,” says Lynne.

“I could hear the audience singing so loudly that I almost couldn’t hear myself. It was a beautiful thing, and it was the best concert I’ve ever been in – literally, my favourite show ever. That definitely makes me feel a little bit less alone in this universe.”

Before its release, we have the premiere of When the Night Comes. The track started life as a demo recorded on cassette, featuring a few basic chords, before it was developed into the melancholy cosmic groove it is today.

JYP Entertainment’s wildly popular seven-member boy group, GOT7, is back with an angst-filled music video that’s sure to set fans’ hearts a-flutter.
After teasing fans for over a week with a string of gorgeous photographs and angsty videos, GOT7 has finally released the full version of their new music video for the lead track off their new EP, “MAD.”

The track, entitled, “If You Do,” was produced by Black Eyed Pilseung, the talented composition duo made up of Rado and Choi Kyusung responsible for such hits as 4Minute’s “Volume Up,” A Pink’s “HUSH,” Trouble Maker’s “Trouble Maker” and “Now,” and SISTAR’s “Touch My Body.”

Staying true to their word, GOT7 has stepped away from the colorful, feel-good vibe that made their last release, “Just Right,” so popular, by embracing the darker, more mature concept they promised would set “If You Do” apart from their previous work.

With a song that describes the pain of loving an apathetic girl who spends her time dwelling on the flaws of her boyfriend, GOT7 are definitely showing off different personas as the video for “If You Do” is full of angry men, destructive behavior, powerful dancing and perfect bias hair.

For those fans that have been waiting for the day GOT7 put aside the cute and cocky concepts to embrace an angsty bad-boy image, that day is here.

Compton, the new album from hip-hop mogul and Apple employee Dr. Dre, was streamed 25 million times in its first week on Apple Music. In addition to the streams, Apple says the album also sold half a million downloads through iTunes — a solid performance that was not quite enough to push it to number one in the US charts. Apple executives reported the figures in a statement to The New York Times, but the publication did not specify whether the figure was made up from complete listens to the whole album, or includes people who listened to individual songs.

Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre

“Drake got 48 million streams in a week”

The album, which came at the same time as, and loosely ties into NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, was an all-Apple affair. Dre announced the album on his own Beats 1 radio show, The Pharmacy, and it premiered a day early on Apple’s streaming service, before full release on iTunes on July 7th. For now at least, it remains an Apple exclusive, only available for stream on Apple Music and digitally through iTunes. Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine was positive about the results, saying that it constituted a good start for Apple Music. “We’re beginning to show what we can do in terms of communicating music to a worldwide audience and helping artists at the same time,” he told The New York Times.

But where Iovine says Apple is just getting started getting music to the world, hip-hop’s current kings are already old hands at disseminating their music to a huge and internet-literate fanbase. Even with Dre’s incomparable legacy and a heavy marketing push from Apple, Compton’s numbers still lag behind hip-hop’s current kings: Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly got 39 million streams in its first week online back in March, while If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, the surprise album released by Drake earlier this year, notched up 48 million streams. Both artists used Twitter, Instagram, and other social networks to build suspense for their newest records, and released them on multiple streaming services, securing more listeners than Compton could with its Apple-first approach.