In Praise of House Concerts

Tonight I got to attend my first house concert, and it was glorious. Where else can you watch a talented musician from the comfort of a plush chair (with snacks)? Where else can you cuddle with a dog while you […]

Why You Should Sing In Public

The other night “Dancing in the Street” came on in Publix while I was doing my grocery shopping. Naturally, I sang along. Then I walked past the dude from the meat department (or some other Publix employee). I kept singing. […]

Chihuahua Ballet, Tiny Band Carols, and Sick Violin-ing: A Concert Review of Lindsey Stirling’s “Wanderland” 2018 Tour – Charleston, December 22, 2018

Chihuahua ballet. Tiny instruments. Dancing violin players. Not things you would expect at a typical concert, even in the wild world of 2018. But that’s Lindsey Stirling for you. Last night my family went out to see the electric violinist/dancer’s last stop […]

The Joy of Random Tastes in Music

Every year when Spotify releases our Top 100 Songs playlist, we each learn a little something about ourselves. If you’re anything like me, you learned that you have weird tastes in music. And that’s just the rub: it’s becoming increasingly normal […]

A Tip of the Hat to Karaoke Rock Bands

Thank God for karaoke rock bands. Last night the excellent players and supporting crew of Metalsome brought the house down at my company’s Christmas party, backing me and my nerdy coworkers on everything from The Black Crowes’ “Hard to Handle” […]

Non-Musical Reasons to Enjoy Music

Most people don’t fall in love with certain kinds of music because of time signatures, good rhythm, or even particularly good melodies. There’s little element of music theory appreciation in most people’s love of music. People love music because it takes memories, associations, feelings […]

5 Great Film Scores from Disney Movies

Most people know Disney movies for the excellent songs, like “Let It Go,” or “How Far I’ll Go,” or “Under the Sea” (extraordinary song, that one). But less appreciated is the work of the composers who score these films. Here […]