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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
Learn English in February

AM/PM Session - 4 April 2017 - Evolutionary perks of singing

NatashaTNatashaT Posts: 1,132 Teacher
edited April 2017 in Music
We read an article about how singing has helped us evolve over time:


Vocabulary Top 10:

perks - good things that you have or get because of your situation

concurrent - happening at the same time

bombardment - to hit or attack (something or someone) constantly or repeatedly

subsume - include or absorb (something) in something else

precedence - the condition of being more important than something or someone else and therefore coming or being dealt with first

contagion - the spreading or transmittion of one thing to another (usually used to talk about infectious diseases)

lullaby - a song used to help a child fall asleep

mesmerise - to hold the attention of (someone) entirely : to interest or amaze (someone) so much that nothing else is seen or noticed

conjecture - an opinion or idea formed without proof or sufficient evidence

scant - very small in size or amount; not enough of something

Do you like singing with other people? Do you think group singing can be helpful for creating shared experiences, increasing social bonding and improving cognitive function?
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  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,072 mod
    I like to sing with other people, but I always sing out of tune so I'm a bit compelled to sing alone, in my room. :)
    The only time I really sing with friends is on a birthday of one of us. Just a birthday song which has only one line: happy birthday to you and is repeated a couple of times.
    I have to say that at that moment we feel lucky that we've got friends, so it kind of increasing social bonding.
    Improving cognitive function and creating shared experiences? I think we have to choose another songs to achieve it. :)
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,072 mod
    This would be my favourite choir: The Tuneless Choir.

  • shadyrashedshadyrashed Posts: 70 ✭✭
    a good example for the topic and for the effect of music is in the movie "the school of rock"
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