Music: A New Venture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJj1V0sUbxA It's a real thing: I've recorded an EP (thanks to Nickels Hawkeye!), and it's almost out there.  It's called GOTTA GO ON, and there are five tracks available. Nickels was great to work with and did really quality engineering on the project, and while it's not perfect (in terms of my own performance), much …

100 Things I Know #7 – Music Heals

Music moves us, those sounds of hammers striking strings, voices singing words or scatting, mallets pounding taut skins.   We are attuned to shapes of time and space sculpted by musicians, the moment-to-moment shimmerings of sound that make our hips, knees, and arms want to undulate.   Music is everywhere, is personal, is communal, is magic.   Maybe …

On the Occasion of a Son Turning 21

He's always been a surprise. Not that the expectation for something special wasn't there, but who this young boy I played catch with would become just wasn't on my radar.  The music piece, in a generic sense, didn't surprise me; we've got singers in the family--some good ones (My uncle, closer in age to a …

Soul Enlarging Songs

So what is a song?  What's it's for?  What is it about a particular marriage of lyric and rhythm and melody that makes a spirit rise from the dead, as it were, and find new energy for the day. When I was in high school, I listened to Janis Ian's famous album that contained "At …

Alone

Musical theatre types exude energy; young, beautiful people (or those who used to be) who sing like angels, though what they sing about often falls somewhat short of angelic.   I'm sitting in the Falls Theatre at ACT last night at a showcase for New Musical Theatre songs and shows, waiting, along with Anjie, my daughter …

Finding Time for TED

A friend told me about TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) about a year ago, and I ignored him.  He brought it to my attention again last week, and I finally broke down and checked it out. I'm not yet officially hooked, because I haven't had time to log the hours it will take to benefit from …

How Music Rescues

I don't know anything about Dr. Karl Paulnack, of the Boston Conservatory, but I'm thankful for him anyway. A few days ago, a friend sent me a link to an article by Paulnack, an address he gave to a group of parents about the place of music and art in the world.  A classical musician, …