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It’s been one of those weeks where reality needs to be attested. Are we sure the last week happened? Or, is it just an unfortunate reenactment of Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’? We hate to say it, but it is the former. Yes, Donald Trump became the President-elect of the United States. Yes, Leonard Cohen — one of the greatest poets and musicians to grace music passed away this week. Alas, we’re not here to make your week worse, so we managed to locate an article on music that reduces anxiety if you feel it’s all too much. 

THE ECONOMIST: The Trump era

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We’re on the brink of a dystopian era, or it seems most people have taken that outlook now that Donald Trump is the next president of the United States. The Economist alludes to the very delicate balance that Trump could imbalance, if he doesn’t step up appropriately to the role of leading the world’s greatest power. Trump’s policies are undoubtedly bad news, not only for cultured Americans and international trade, but also for climate change (Trump wants to reverse the Paris agreement). Only time will tell if era President Trump is one of world nuclear war and xenophobia or if he offers the anti-establishment relief the people demand.

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ROLLING STONE: Leonard Cohen at home in 1992: Singer-Songwriter on pop success, new love

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Leonard Cohen was undoubtedly one of the greatest musicians to contribute to music, poetry and many other things. His passing may not have come unexpectedly — he recently released his fourteenth album ‘You Want it Darker’ — in much the same way as David Bowie left a passing gift it seems Cohen did too. In this article David Browne recalls the intimate interview he managed to get with Cohen at his Montreal home. Cohen said during the interview: “This notion that the common people aren’t up to the complexities or sophistications of my work is completely inaccurate and elitist. Everybody has more or less the same emotional life.” A true testament to a humble artist.

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INC: Neuroscience says listening to this song reduces anxiety by up to 65 percent

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Researchers in the UK have found the ultimate 10-track playlist for reducing stress levels. Sound therapies are a common option for stress relief and it’s been used for centuries. The study was conducted involving participants trying to solve complex puzzles inducing higher street levels. Participants listened to various songs and scientists measured their brain activity. On top of the list came a track by Marconi Union ‘Weightless’, which apparently reduced anxiety levels by 65 per cent. So, if you’re feeling a bit stressed take a listen. Just not while you’re driving as it might induce drowsiness!

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BUZZFEED: A mom ran into Hillary Clinton walking her dog in the woods and it made a lot of people happy

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Most of us might have had a different vision of Hilary Clinton post-US election. Margot Gerster ran into Hilary and Bill Clinton in Chappaqua, New York while they were walking their dog. Days after losing the election to Donald Trump Hilary was all smiles when she bumped into Gerster who was hiking with her daughter in the woods. We have photo confirmation that Hilary is doing okay!

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