Music and Brain Health

Today I have a couple of links for you that need a bit of explaining.

I have talked before about how the same things that make me a better harmonica player also make me a better human being.

Yesterday I got this link to a talk by a guy with the last name Amen. It is about brain health. I found it entertaining, disturbing, inspiring, and long (it is about 90 minutes long). You can listen to it if you are doing the dishes or something like that. I listened to it once and then watched it once yesterday with one of my daughters and my wife.

I remember hearing years ago that when Kim Wilson comes to a town, one of the first things he does is find out where there is a good gym so he can work out. David Barrett is now a 3rd degree black belt and he told me that being a musician helped him to do this and being a black belt made him a better musician. Joe Filisko goes to a gym at least 3 times a week even though he does not like to do it, because he likes the results, and it gives him stamina for being on the road and playing music.

I could go on and on about the great musicians I have met who swear by exercise and other health regimens as part of their way of being ready for the muse and able to keep hitting higher levels of creativity. Taj Mahal is another one. He brought his own weights on tour one time when I opened up for him. He noticed I was drinking ginseng and said to me “if more of those old blues guys drank that stuff instead of alcohol, they would still be around today”.

Anyhow, you have been warned – this video can be scary and in your face. It is also very funny in some places….

The video:

A checklist on brain health:

BTW, this is not any sort of affiliate marketing. I ain’t makin a dime off of this, I just feel the urge to pass this along.

Till soon,

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