This mix was inspired by three tracks from different cultures and time periods, all fitting together nicely: a Bach harpsichord piece, a Chinese guzheng piece, and an Irish acoustic piece. These three are wrapped in languid jazz tracks, including Bill Evans playing a Rhodes on Soirée and a wonderful version of Ahmad Jamal doing Poinciana without drums.
You can build this cat toy for ~$5 from parts available at your local hardware store. The toy dangles a target of your choosing from a length of wire, attached via an alligator clip; if your cat gets bored you can unclip the target and replace it with something new.
Here’s a short video, followed by instructions to build your own:
Note: in this video I’m using a plush mouse for a target, which increases the total cost of the toy, but the last few seconds shows the toy with a cheaper target attached: a grocery store receipt.
‘Music for Infants’ is a series of recordings I stitched together from short musical excerpts, designed to enrich babies’ musical environments. My hope is parents will play these recordings for their children to encourage their musical development.
Most music for babies is produced by record companies, who choose music based on parents’ tastes, catering to our popular ideas of ‘baby appropriate music’ (lullabies, classical music and sing-a-long nursery rhymes). I edited these recordings instead choosing music to stimulate infants’ musical minds.
The recordings are without lyrics to emphasize the music’s tonal content, they include a variety of styles from different cultures, they’re edited for babies’ short attention spans, and they’re arranged them in patterns designed to engage babies’ memories and prompt them to compare the musical features between excerpts.