People hate on pop music all the time. Like really really hate on it. They point to the rise of auto tune as proof that the worlds most popular “singers” can no longer sing. And they may be right in that respect. But the  world needs Lady Gaga and the Britney Spears. Here’s why. It’s a Culture Thing Culture is what defines a society, and society without a culture is […]

It may sound a little spiritualist for some, the idea of unlocking your “inner musician.” But it is actually not. I hold the belief that everyone, yes everyone, has the capacity to make music in some form or another. However, so many people seem to tell themselves that they aren’t good enough, or that music is too hard for them. Well, I’m here to tell you that you are wrong. […]

[This is part of the Music and the Brain series] Nature can be somewhat musical. Not in a figurative way, but a literal way. A squeaky gate, a car horn, even someone blowing their nose. My house has a squeaky gate that can drive me insane sometimes. Under the right circumstances, the three squeaks that come from it while closing, make up the first three notes of a tune that […]

A few weeks ago I posted on Twitter that Art Garfunkel was my new favorite person in the whole world. I then got blasted by a member of my own family about how NO ONE picks Art over Paul Simon. When I asked why, I was told that Art had weird hair, and Paul had a better solo career. So what? Here I would like to give you my few […]

This is definitely out of the ordinary. I did some work today. Just to see how it would go. I tried to make my about page look a whole lot better. Tell me, how does it look now? I would love to hear your feedback. I am always looking for a way to improve this blog. I found another great blogger, who is going through a 90 day blogging workshop […]

Perhaps you are reading this and not even knowing what I am reffering to. Or maybe you are, but just don’t know how it’s used. Whatever it is, I hope this post will help you learn it. As you will find out, it really isn’t that difficult. Scientific pitch notation is a way of writing out not just what note is being referred to, but the octave as well. Although […]

Sometimes musicians can be confusing. We tend to talk in “code” so to speak. We say things like “arpeggio” and “sostenuto” In fact, it can even seem like we are speaking in a different language. Sheet music is particularly hard to understand. What is being said? In this post I would like to give you a few musical terms that you should know if you want to be (or, at […]

Here’s a short little post for a day that hasn’t gone great for me… Ever been going through your day-to-day life and suddenly you think to yourself: “Dang, this would be so much better if it had background music.” Your right it would be. It seems as if in all the movies, there is a perfect soundtrack sitting right there, just perfect for the movie. But it would be good […]

[This is part of the Music and the Brain series] We all (except, perhaps, any amusics out there) have experienced have experienced earworms: when a short bit of a song gets stuck in your head for an extended period of time. It can be for minutes, hours, or even days. It can wear on your nerves to the point that everything is irritable. And it just won’t go away. This […]

I have run into another one! One of those songs that you never realize you loved until you listen to it for the first time in, what seems like, many years. Todays song for me is The Sound of Silence. If you have never read the lyrics, I highly encourage you to do so. They are full of meaning (even if I don’t really know what that meaning is). Here […]