The Beat - Volume 26
Summer is going by fast!
The last few nights have been so cool you can open windows instead of using air conditioning. That means fall will soon be here! Enjoy these last few weeks of summer, and enjoy this random collection of funny, touching, and occasionally educational videos below.
You Can Dance If You Want To
We've been avoiding videos that are edited to manipulate the heart strings, but this is too good! This young man has real talent. Enjoy and let the emotions sweep over you.
Troy's Summer Square
Troy's Summer Square was created by the city to serve as a safe convening, dining, and entertainment space for the public. They've closed streets to create an open air plaza on Broadway between 2nd Street and River Street and will accommodate outdoor dining and activities on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Jordan Taylor Hill - Saturday, August 8, 6 - 8 PM, Monument Square
Jordan Taylor Hill is inspired by African Music, Percussion, Hip-Hop, and Djembe.  These events are free and open to the public, no tickets required.

Up Next:
Quintocracy - Friday, August 14, 6 PM - 8 PM, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Courtyard
Based in the Capital District, this wind quintet Quintocracy has a diverse repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the present.
Dust Bowl Faeries - Saturday, August 15, 6 PM - 8 PM, Monument Square
A faerie-tale fusion of circus, post-punk, gypsy and psyche-folk music founded by Ryder Cooley & Hazel, a taxidermy ram who performs with the band as their spirit animal.

Who Wants A Hug?
Raise your hand if you've said goodbye to family and friends from six feet away with just a wave. Don't you miss the casual physical contact from a hug? CBS Sunday Morning contributor Luke Burbank talks with experts about how the physical act of giving and getting a hug can boost our oxytocin hormone levels, and demonstrates the safest way to give and receive a hug.
Oh La La
The French love their bread and pastries! Do you know how much work goes into making these wonderful confections? It all starts at 4 AM and is a long and precise process that creates wonderful brioche, baguettes, quiche, croissants, and other assorted pastries. This video is going to make you hungry, we recommend having a snack handy.
Are You Moved By The Music?
As the music builds to a crescendo, or when the beat drops, do you get the chills? If so, your brain is wired a little differently than others. Read all about it, courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine: What Happens in the Brain When Music Causes Chills?
Can't Touch This!
Dr. Quentin J. Lee, Alabama principal, raps about Covid to MC Hammer's classic hit "Can't Touch This." As the school season approaches, take a break and enjoy this parody.  

Want to feel old? One of our teacher friends pointed out that the kids wouldn't know the song he was parodying!
A Word From David Bryne
This week, Congress is debating various forms of aid to music venues, specifically independent music venues.  Take a moment and read David Byrne's thoughts on saving our independent music venues.
@WeRateDogs
We Rate Dogs!
We Rate Dogs is a Twitter account where people submit photos of their dogs to be rated. Their funny responses to all the good doggie photos are guaranteed to make you smile. Occasionally, people send pictures that don't feature dogs! Bored Panda has collected the best of these photos and posts, check them out here.
We know this is hard, and if you need someone to listen, NYS has set up a Covid Emotional Support Helpline - call 1-844-863-9314,
available 8 AM - 10 PM, seven days a week.

Please share with us any links or videos that have made you laugh, entertained you, or provided a distraction. Please email them to karen@troymusichall.org and we may use them in
future volumes of The Beat. Thank you.