The Last Word

I’d like to take a moment to thank all of the readers of this month’s edition. My name is Devin Gaynor, and I am the Publications Coordinator of Jam Session. I know that during this global pandemic people may lose sight of what’s important and how they should be spending their days, however with nothing to do all the time, it’s important to take care of yourselves. Here at Jam Session, we believe that music is the gift that keeps on giving. Without it, we’d be nowhere right now. I strongly encourage everyone who’s ever been interested in picking up an instrument as a hobby or otherwise to finally summon up the courage to do so, as it is a very rewarding activity that you can continue to cherish for the rest of your lives. I have been a guitar player for the last 5 years, and an avid music enthusiast for over 10, so take it from me. Most importantly, everyone needs to adventure out into the realm of new music. Pick up a funky instrument. Try your ears at listening to a genre you’ve previously had zero interest in. Turn off the lights and dance in the dark. Whatever you need or want to do, don’t hesitate to do so. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart, and I do hope you continue to support Jam Session Magazine! 

-Publications Coordinator Devin Gaynor

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Final Destination?

A routine drive to work became a life-or-death situation in the blink of an eye for soon-to-be father Robert Stein. 

 The 26-year-old was driving down the same route he always takes to work on Crowchild trail, when a driver’s worst nightmare came to life. 

“I was on my way to work when I almost died,” Stein said. “It all happened just like that.”

Stein was heading westbound on Crowchild, towards Crowfoot Lowe’s for his morning shift on Tuesday. 

He was in the middle lane – a car directly to his right, and an orange Jeep Wrangler was up ahead in the left lane. 

The Jeep lost control out of the blue, and immediately swerved to the right – straight towards Stein’s car. 

All Stein heard was a loud bursting noise, and the sight of the Jeep losing control, as its front axle rocked back and forth like a spinning top about to topple over. 

He said he just managed to get out of the way, and only because the people in the cars to his right reacted fast enough, and moved over.

He said what happened next was a blur, but that at this point there were four cars still going 60 km/hr, crowded onto the right-hand shoulder of the highway.

“I couldn’t go right before because there were cars there, but when the Jeep lost control, everyone quickly moved over,” he said. 

That was when a piece of plywood tore loose from a light-duty truck up ahead and came barreling towards them at breakneck speeds. 

The drivers all began to slam on their brakes.

“Imagine a spinning wooden blade tumbling at you going 60 km an hour,” Stein said. 

The plywood luckily chose a non-lethal trajectory – very narrowly bouncing over the terrified drivers, and coming to a stop a few hundred meters behind them. 

“It was like the plot of Final Destination playing out before my eyes,” said Stein. “And I was the main character.”

After glancing to make sure everyone was alright, Stein quickly made his way to work before he was late. 

Stein is recently married, and is a soon-to-be father of a baby boy on the way. 

He said he is very grateful that he lived, and that he can still be there for his wife Nancy, and his unborn son.  

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10 Music Facts

  • There are some people who feel absolutely NOTHING when listening to music. 
  • Finland has the most Metal bands per capita- an astonishing 53.5 bands per 100,000 people!
  • In 2015, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield released his first album, which was recorded in its entirety while he was in orbit- Space Sessions: Songs for a Tin Can.Talk about music that’s out of this world!
  • NONE of The Beatles knew how to read or write music. They had no real knowledge of theory, and Paul McCartney claims that the songs, “Just came to them.”
  • The Happy Birthday song is the most profitable song of all time, netting about $2 million per year- or $5,000 per day. 
  • A song that gets stuck in your head is called an “Earworm.” 
  • The musical alphabet is depicted through the letter A to the letter G.
  • It takes the average person 10 years of practice to play along with any song smoothly.
  • Globally, the music industry generates $40 million per year.
  •  YouTube is the world’s largest on-demand music service. 

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