Every good boy does fine. Well…
Not really. But if you ever studied music and how to remember the notes in a musical staff, you probably know what I’m talking about. Look at musical staff paper. And you’ll see it has 5 lines and 4 spaces. Music teachers used to share the mnemonic, Every Good Boy Does Fine, to help students remember the E, G, B, D, and F on the lines. Then there was the FACE in the spaces.
Every good boy does fine is more than just an easy way to remember notes.
Now, I might not be the sharpest mind on the planet (Of course, that implies I might be, too. But that’s another issue for another time). But when I read articles, spread around this here thang called the world wide web, about how to keep your mind sharp, I notice something right away.
They all tend to include a lot of self focus.
And that’s not evil. But it does tend to lead toward, gasp…do I dare say it…selfishness. Like in several graphics for mental alertness I saw today. They all included this recommendation: “Believe in yourself.” And, in an odd way, that sort of connects with the Every Good Boy, etc. mnemonic.
Because if you’ve lived on this planet for more than just a few years, you know every good boy (or girl) does not do fine. Not much of the time anyway.
But I sort of veered off the track there. I really started out to talk about how to stay mentally sharp. And, as you might guess, I’m a big proponent of using music to help you do that.
I’ve read quite a few reports that talk about how important it is to keep your neurons firing. Because neurons stay connected that way. It’s a lot more complicated than that. And a lot more complicated than I want to go into right now. But the main thing is…you keep your neurons firing with repetition and consistency.
So, there’s nothing better than music to maintain healthy neurons.
Because in order to get better at music you gotta do a lot of repetition. And you gotta do it consistently. You might not believe (although I’m not sure why) how many hours I spent working on my singing voice in high school. Way, way more hours than just in the classes. And I’m totally confident all that repetition and consistency is why I’m still so…so…uh…never mind. I’ll come back to that.
In the meantime, sing a song for your brain.
Don’t be shy when you sing out the refrain.
Play guitar or play a harp. Just keep playing and stay sharp
‘Cause your future self has so much to gain.
Grab some Merch
Or how about some music for kids