Dear Friends, Rhodies and Countrymen,
If you want to be happy, and not just for one day, focus on the things that will help you remain positive over time. Because a positive attitude can do more than just make you feel good—it could also change your life…. This is so true if you look at the journey of the life of John Edmond.
This month marks the 60th anniversary of John Edmond’s first pop stage performance and the birth of “The Bushcat Band” and his writing and recording career from 1958-2018 Many people have asked John the burning question how did you do it and still going strong? Read on...
All through many of the themes of John’s compositions, there has been a thread of positive encouragement of faith and hope and actually, still much needed in these times. Many of his songs have been an inspiration during past dark days.
Here are a few excerpts from such songs:
The Bigger Scheme of things: “You’ve got to wait upon the Lord, He’ll do it in his time”
British Tommy Atkins: “Sees the funny side of it and through it all, he smiles”
Cammo Clad Angel: “She’s a ray of sunshine in the shadows of my fear”
Daddy is a trooper: “Go to sleep and don’t you weep while mother kneels to pray"
Bush Christmas: “His love has never failed us since the day that He was born”
Chikurubi: “The spirit that God gave me is unreachable by man”
Forgotten Soldier: “Deep down I know that I’m no forgotten soldier”
The Old Zimbabwe ghost: “The peace of mind and the quietness were the things I loved the most”
Having read all those positive song statements a person would like to ask, how can I do it? The cost of living, fuel, sickness, our salaries not being enough; these are all realities of life! However, the power of positive thinking is remarkable. In fact, the idea that your mind can change your world almost seems too good to be true. Can you guess what the most successful and happy people think about all day long? Happy people think about what they want, and how to get it. So with a positive attitude and hard work you can change your entire life.
John stresses the fact that attitude is one of the most important factors that motivated and kept him going in his life that revolved around music and the music industry, knocking on recording companies doors, being turned down but he kept on keeping on.
Research has shown that there are very few other factors that stimulate the brain the way music does,” “If you want to keep your brain engaged throughout the ageing process, listening to, or playing music is a great tool. It provides a total brain workout.” Music is structural, mathematical and architectural. It’s based on relationships between one note and the next. You may not be aware of it, but your brain has to do a lot of computing to make sense of it,” notes one otolaryngologist.
When you think about something that makes you happy, your brain actually releases endorphins, which give you a generalized feeling of well-being and as a result, you develop a positive attitude. Music can be medicine for your mind, with benefits from memory improvement to stress relief.
With a study case, 13 older adults took piano lessons, their attention, memory and problem-solving abilities improved, along with their moods and quality of life. You don’t have to become a pro, just take a few lessons. If you want to firm up your body, head to the gym. If you want to exercise your brain, listen to music.
Research has also shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory.
The Brain-Music Connection Experts are trying to understand how our brains can hear and play music. A stereo system puts out vibrations that travel through the air and somehow get inside the ear canal. These vibrations tickle the eardrum and are transmitted into an electrical signal that travels through the auditory nerve to the brain stem, where it is reassembled into something we perceive as music.
Based on many psychological tests, happy people seem to have a special quality that enables them to live a better life than the average.
Optimists seem to have different ways of dealing with the world that set them apart from the average. What we know is that, if you are looking for something good or beneficial in a person or situation, you will find it No truer quote than this one by the legend Winston Churchill.
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity.
The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
To celebrate these last 60 years of a great artist and very creative and positive being with huge participation in the entertainment world as well as John’s birthday in the month of NOVEMBER we at Roan Antelope Music would like you to share in our special Christmas offer.
This CD is a reunion recording made up of all the tunes the BUSHCATS used to play. It’s a smashing party album featuring more than 40 evergreen hit songs played in superb medley style- a must for the festive season's party or in a Christmas stocking.
REMEMBER! MUSIC provides a total brain workout.” Music is structural, mathematical and architectural it will put you on a high and make you relax!
Be positive! “It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.”
Remember our remembrance celebrations in POLOKWANE!
Saturday 10th NOVEMBER see website for details, spread the word, we will see you all there.
Click here to see some of the Bushcat Band photos...