What’s the best way to get a song out of your head? From an article written by Richard Gray, science correspondent for The Telegraph: Researchers claim the best way to stopping the phenomenon, sometimes known as earworms – where snippets of a catchy song inexplicably play like a broken record in your brain – is to solve some tricky anagrams. This can force the intrusive music out of your working memory, they say, allowing it to be replaced with other more amenable thoughts…“The key is to find something that will give the right level of challenge,” said Dr Ira Hyman, a music psychologist at Western Washington University who conducted the research. “If you are cognitively engaged, it limits the ability of intrusive songs to enter your head. “Something we can do automatically like driving or walking means you are not using all of your cognitive resource, so there is plenty of space left for that internal jukebox to start playing. “Likewise, if you are trying something too hard, then your brain will not be engaged successfully, so that music can come back. You need to find that bit in the middle where there is not much space left in the brain.”
Here’s an interview with folky duo The Milk Carton Kids.
The FreshGrass festival, which will be held in late September at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, is putting together a fantastic lineup.
David Morris of Bluegrass Today has high hopes for Claire Lynch’s upcoming record after hearing some of the material at a recent Maryland show.
There’s an interestingseries of articles on The Huffington Post: “Can the Blues Save the Mississippi Delta?” Here’s a quote from American Blues Scene’s Matt Marshall in the third article: The Delta has always been known for three things: cotton, the blues and incredible poverty. In the hundred years since this reputation developed, things have gotten worse–not better. Cotton jobs dried up as processing was automated; other industrial jobs have moved on. Blues tourism has become one of the area’s biggest exports. State and local tourism commissions–and a handful of Delta residents–have done a fantastic job of realizing this early and working hard to promote it. More people every year make pilgrimages to the area. Fans get to pay homage and enjoy the music, the people and the incredible culture, while their tourism dollars help keep area musicians employed, hotels filled and create jobs. It doesn’t hurt that blues fans lead a wildly passionate and vocal–not to mention successful–grass roots movement.
TNT has ordered eight episodes of a reality series called Nashville Confidential, which will “go behind the scenes of the country music world.” It’s expected to premiere in early 2014.
CMT Edge premiered the video (directed by Keifer Sutherland) for Max Gomez’s “Run From You.”
Whitney Self of CMT spoke with Thompson Square about their new record.
James Reams posted the trailer for the upcoming documentary Making History with the Pioneers of Bluegrass.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.