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    • Better? Better for what? I play music, not games, but I play for the inherent reward music provides, not as means to some other end. I imagine gamers feel the same. Musical performance may show lots of brain activity on fMRI scans, but that doesn't say anything at all about its effects on other life activities.

    • I started the ukulele to avoid playing more games, it is story telling and problem solving just in a different format. It is new and has the result that I can display my new skills to others in a much easier translation than: watch me headshot this guy in the face after jumping in the air spinning 360 degrees without using the scope on my rifle.

    • I have a guitar on consignment and the owner of the shop and I were talking the other day. Really a great guy. We talked about how many Lennon’s, Cobains, Brian Wilson’s etc. we’re lost to the video game.

      I believe music should be as important as English class in school. It fires up a whole nother section of the brain and a creative one.

      And in the naked light I saw
      Ten thousand people, maybe more
      People talking without speaking
      People hearing without listening
      People writing songs that voices never share
      And no one dared
      Disturb the sound of silence “Fools” said I, you do not know
      Silence like a cancer grows
      Hear my words that I might teach you
      Take my arms that I might reach you
      But my words, like silent raindrops fell
      And echoed in the wells of silenceAnd the people bowed and prayed
      To the neon god they made
      And the sign flashed out its warning
      In the words that it was forming
      And the sign said, the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
      And tenement halls
      And whispered in the sounds of silence

      Edit, in case you want to feel the passsion the words can bring.