Music

Link a Child to Music

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Your DGB for today is to support MusicLink and help a kid get music lessons. Musical education is extremely beneficial for humans of any age but especially for the developing minds of children. The cost of lessons and instruments can price out families that don’t have the extra money to spend. You can help by offering your skills, time, an instrument you don’t use or a couple of dollars.

MusicLink connects kids to music instructors that are willing to donate or discount their skills and time. If you can support them that way go here:

https://www.musiclinkfoundation.org/partcpat.php4

Do you have a playable instrument laying around collecting dust? Find out how to help that way here:

https://www.fundmusiclink.com/instrument-donation-1

And of course, cash is always the right size, always the right color:

https://www.fundmusiclink.com/donate

No parent should miss out on the opportunity to hear songs they once liked played poorly over and over and over until they beg for mercy. Grab that old tuba from your glory days and send it to a kid in need.

The Gift of Music

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Your DGB for today is to use your old i-gadget to enhance the life of someone suffering with dementia.

Do you have an old-but-still-works iPod, iPad or iPhone laying around unused since you last updated? It still works so you just hate to recycle it, but you are trying to cut the clutter? Consider donating it to the organization Music and Memory. They collect Apple music players and give them to nursing homes. Th

ere is real and amazing science behind what listening to music from their past can do for a person who has lost their memories. Read more here: https://musicandmemory.org/music-brain-resources/current-research/

The donation page is here and you will even get a free shipping label for your device: https://musicandmemory.org/donate-my-ipod/

Grab that old Apple and give someone back their past.

 

Problematic Recording Artists

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Your DGB for today is to purchase and consume music mindfully.

When an artist does something you disagree with, the best way to show them is by no longer being a consumer of their pieces. On the heels of Kanye West’s declaration of Trump as his dragon energy brother, we here at DGB were left with an agonizing decision to make regarding our playlists. We had already denounced R. Kelly upon learning that after the show was the afterparty and after the party was the hotel lobby, but after that was apparently rape and child pornography. It was also easy to give up Kid Rock, Ted Nugent, and Kiss over their Trump support and hate speech. But, truth be told, we all still listen to Michael Jackson, and we haven’t gotten serious enough about giving up Nelly. DGB doesn’t aim to tell you whether or not it’s possible to separate an artist from their art, but we will note that Harvey Weinstein, Roman Polanski, and Bill Cosby were all recently booted from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for their respective sex crimes.

Additionally, Spotify has recently announced it will no longer actively promote artists it deems harmful or hateful, beginning with R. Kelly.

https://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2018/05/10/610051559/starting-with-r-kelly-spotify-pulls-artists-from-playlists-for-hateful-conduct

If you’re ready to give up Kanye, or haven’t purged Nelly or Kelly, try replacing them with similar, but politically progressive artists like John Legend, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, and Jay-Z. And find more anti-Trump raps to exercise to without guilt here:

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/7997503/rappers-dis-trump-eminem-the-storm-freestyle