Dear AC­CESS read­ers

ACCESS Magazine - - LETTER FROM THE EDITOR - Sally Squir­rell

What a Sum­mer it has been for sun, fun and mu­sic and, of course, if you were at a fes­ti­val the usual mud­bath that is a Sum­mer fes­ti­val. It’s not too late to get to one as Sum­mer turns to Au­tumn. Mu­sic brings in­ter­na­tion­als to­gether and not only gets those hips mov­ing but helps us un­der­stand the cul­ture of another na­tion. Get­ting to know why some­one loves Blues, a crazily named band or a new type of sound can spring your friend­ship to new heights. At AC­CESS, we took ad­van­tage of our writ­ers’ love of mu­sic and mixed a med­ley of mu­si­cally themed ar­ti­cles. Dis­cover tal­ented singer-song­writ­ers at the lat­est of the year’s fes­ti­vals and re­fresh with a taste of Dutch craft beer. As the sea­son changes, com­bine a dis­cover trip of new beer with a trip south to find new places in the Nether­lands. Mu­sic has re­lax­ing and sooth­ing qual­i­ties as well as ed­u­ca­tional as­pects but did you know it can also be used as ther­apy? Our Coun­sel­lors in­form us how mu­sic can pro­vide ther­apy for more cu­ra­tive pur­poses. Pick up some tips for im­prov­ing your mem­ory by learn­ing a lan­guage; with so many new tech­niques for learn­ing, you can’t fail to find a method that suits you. Then the step from your mother tongue through Dutch to Afrikaans to con­verse with our fea­tured com­mu­nity, of South Africans, will be even eas­ier. Our part­ners move to ev­ery beat from slow to lively tem­pos and in­form us how mu­sic helps to ex­pand the brain and the body. So with a spring in your step, dance into Au­tumn with what­ever tune takes your fancy. We wish you happy leaf catch­ing!

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