Category Archives: Music

Off the Wall

If you ever have the chance to be in a flash mob…do it. I’ve been participating in a dance workshop that will end in a performance, but along the way our teacher decided it would be fun for us to … Continue reading

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The HUMANities

I was taken by surprise by how much David Bowie’s death affected me. Even days later, listening to certain songs, like my favorites Heroes or Ziggy Stardust, could make me choke up, bring tears to my eyes. I didn’t know … Continue reading

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When the Song Fits the Mood

Every time I tested for a dan rank, I listened to one particular song or one particular band every time I drove to the dojo. This went on for the three months or so that I prepared for my test. … Continue reading

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The Uneasy Deal

**April 5th, 2014 was the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death.  I wrote this short story thinking about him, his death, and the deaths of many other musicians at a young age.** The Uneasy Deal by Kim Barton  Jeremy grabbed … Continue reading

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Music for a desert island

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and could bring the catalog of ONE band or artist, who would it be? I’d choose Led Zeppelin. Here are my reasons: 1. Huge catalog! For one thing Led … Continue reading

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Spare me the Remix

Why do artists feel like they need to remix our beloved songs? I can certainly understand the desire to make a song ‘perfect’; the thing I don’t think they understand is that we fans liked the original piece of art! … Continue reading

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‘Guilty Pleasure’ Songs

The phrase ‘guilty pleasure’ conjures up, in my mind, images of decadent chocolate desserts. It does not make me think of pop songs. A couple of days ago a friend, Alica McKenna Johnson, sent me this video of hard rockers … Continue reading

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School Dance, Slow Dance

It’s Friday night. I’m thinking of school dances. The slow dance, to be exact. Conjures up images of two awkward teenagers clinging together and swaying to the music, doesn’t it? Hearing certain songs can take me back to those school … Continue reading

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The Electric Guitar (or How I Hate Long Guitar Solos)

I may lose my membership in the Headbanger’s Club for writing this, but I must publicly declare it…I HATE long guitar solos. Hate them. Any guitar solo over about 30 seconds is too long in my book. Honestly, I’d rather … Continue reading

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The First Concert

By the time I was 23 I’d been to dozens of concerts and seen most of my favorite bands (some of them multiple times) But one’s first concert is special, and mine was…Ronnie James Dio. I was 15. Dio came … Continue reading

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