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Thread #126539   Message #2811713
Posted By: GUEST,Mr Red
14-Jan-10 - 09:05 AM
Thread Name: Singing good for health & community
Subject: Singing good for health & community
heard on the BBC programme "Today" today.

Sidney de Haan was mentioned (and his research centre) along with the Royal Brompton Hospital (Ian Adam award) BBC news sadly I am listening to the "listen again" and the section involved is not included. Professor Stephen Cliff was interviewed.

A lot of us know that Johnny Morris started singing because he suffered asthma and his therapist suggested he started singing. And he has a pretty powerful voice!

The interview basically included the health benefits of singing and the psychological/social benefits of singing in unison, harmonising and although he referred to choirs - we all know how popular chorus songs are. We know why too.

The new Scirntist long since published an article on the cohesive nature of communal "non-functional" pusuits. They ARE actually functional to a herding species like homo sapiens and it's tribal tendencies.

I mean would you sing with the enemy? Would you sing with the guy you go hunting/gathering with? No brainer innit?