Today is one of those days. One of those days when I don’t know what to write. One of those days when, however hard I try, I cannot come up with a good blog topic. I sure do hate those days, they make life so much harder. So, if I ramble, please forgive, I’m doing my best. I question that I suppose would be asked if I had more readers […]

Because of formatting difficulties, this post will not contain images of the iPods. If you wish to see the iPods mentioned in this post, there is an excellent image gallery over at IGN. Picking up where we left off in Part 2. 2008 – Apple released the 4th generation iPod Nano. The new nano went back to the thin design of the 1st and 2nd generation models, and was thinner […]

Because of formatting dificulties, this post will not contain images of the iPods. If you wish to see the iPods mentioned in this post, there is an excellent image gallery over at IGN. Picking up where we left off in Part 1. 2005 – In January of 2005 Apple released the first generation iPod shuffle. The iPod shuffle was small, had no screen, and came in 512 MB and 1 […]

Normally, this post would have been released on Thursday. Due to life, I will not be posting on Thursdays, at least until summer. I will figure out a different schedule for the time being. In 2001 Apple inc. launched the original iPod. This was a completely new direction for Apple who, up to that point, only manufactured computers. The iPod exceeded what all expectations, becoming the leading portable music device […]

Depending on the way you look at it, there are literally thousands of musical genres. It is almost ridiculous. A quick Wikipedia search reveals four separate pages containing all the genres in an alphabetized list. It’s crazy. But do we need all these genres? And what exactly is one. A quick Thesaurus lookup defines genre as a number of persons or things that are grouped together because they have something […]

I sincerely apologize for the lateness of this post. If you were eagerly anticipating this, refreshing my RSS feed every 20 seconds, forgive me. I owe you a soda. You know, people can become rooted in their habits. This is particularly true with music. We find our artists, buy their music, and listen to it. Once we get to a certain point, we no longer go searching. Then, when we […]

Music and movies have been intertwined since movie theaters became truly popular. Even before the advent of the talking picture, some of the bigger theaters had orchestras that would play along with the silent film. The very first talking film (i.e. film with audio dialogue) “The Jazz Singer,” included several music numbers. And music has been taking a bigger roll in film ever since. The reason that music is featured […]

Ludwig van Beethoven is considered to be one of the greatest composers of all time. He wrote music for piano, orchestra, voice, chamber, strings quartets and more. He wrote hundreds of compositions, many of which are still played by many to this day. And he did this all in 52 years, over 25 of which were spent, for the most part, deaf. We wonder how it is possible. How could […]

Thursday I had the opportunity to attend an excellent choral concert in Orange County CA. It was put on by the Mater Dei high school, a Catholic school. I was amazed by the quality of performance. There where several groups, including a bell choir, that sung, although they were all from the same school. The venue was beautiful, as you can see in the picture below. There was  a massive […]

Many of you may have seen the 1996 film, “That Thing You Do!” Directed by (and, not surprisingly, starring) Tom Hanks, it follows the tale of a fictional 60s band called the Oneders (pronounced “wonders”). In the film the band becomes immensely popular with a song called “That Thing You Do.” Soon after this, the band falls apart, leaving everyone to wonder what happened. This is a classic (although somewhat […]