Canadian Radio Host Reveals Inspiration Behind New Children’s Book, ‘The Science of Song’ | The Canadian News

For years, Toronto-based radio host Alan Cross has been recounting the history of music on his podcast.

Now, it’s reaching out to a new generation with a different medium: a children’s book called The science of singing.

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“I was part of something called The Science of Rock N ‘Roll, which was a traveling museum exhibit that went to science centers all over North America … And after it was all over, I had all this information, all this research that he had done and wanted to do something with it, “he said. Global News Morning Calgary on Saturday.

“I reached out to the publishers, Kids Can Press, who specialize in children’s books, and I said, ‘Hey, I want to try something different. Could you repurpose all of this research that I came up with for a children’s book? ‘”

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With the green light of Kids Can Press, The science of song – a book for children ages eight to 14, written by Alan Cross, Emme Cross, and Nicole Mortillaro – was released three years later, on September 7, 2021.

“It helps them a lot with why we make music, how we make music. There is a lot of science. There’s a lot of technology, “said Alan Cross, Global News commentator.

“It took a real team effort to do it. You can see that maybe I’m the lead author, but I had the help of several people, including my wife, to make this happen. “

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The book is about how sound works, the science of how we experience music, and the evolution of headphones.

“Headphones are something that dates back to the early 1900s, when the navy commissioned some kind of stuff to listen to when they were on submarines. We also had phone operators that used hearing aids, ”Cross said.

“But it wasn’t really until the 1950s that someone decided that such technology could be adapted for consumer use.”

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The book explores something young people may not know about: Walkmans.

“One of the cool things about that first Walkman is that it came with two headphone jacks because the Sony CEO couldn’t imagine people isolating themselves from society and inadvertently sharing music with someone else,” Cross said.

“That lasted exactly one Walkman model before it all went to a single headphone jack. But if kids want to know why everyone walks with headphones on with their personal music devices, it all started with that device in 1979. “

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