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Stopping Structured Settlement Predators for Good This Time

Don McNay | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business
Don McNay

No matter how much you want to protect the privacy of someone receiving a structured settlement, someone else with a fancy computer or data mining program is going to find them and make them an offer to buy their payments.

'In the Dark Places,' A Conversation With Peter Robinson

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.24.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

In the Dark Places is the 22nd Inspector Banks novel. It blends a police procedural with psychological suspense, and begins with a simple matter of a stolen tractor from a Yorkshire farm.

Why is Sheet Music Still Considered Necessary for Music Education?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Robbie Gennet

What a shame that high-caliber musicians could get turned away from music schools simply because they have no desire to read notation. Most schools don't currently have a notation-free track to put them on anyway.

Returning to Colorado, Vikki Thorn of the Waifs Has Festival Fever

Michael Bialas | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Singer-songwriter Vikki Thorn of the Waifs, the Australian folk rockers who were profiled on Aug. 7 in the first part of a series previewing the 25th annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colorado, loves these musical feasts so much that she would attend even her group wasn't playing.

During the Long, Hot Summer, Jason Isbell Warms Up to Become One Glad Dad

Michael Bialas | Posted 08.11.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Most things are working out for Isbell since he gave up drinking in February 2012, then married Shires and recorded Southeastern with producer Dave Cobb two years ago. All those are "improvements on my life," said the recovering alcoholic who had a long-term relationship with Jack Daniel's.

Mike Huckabee Seeks A Simple Twist Of Fate In South Carolina

The Huffington Post | Scott Conroy | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics

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My New Course on the Bible in Popular Music

Michael Gilmour | Posted 07.29.2015 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Conversations about religion in art, and more precisely religious meanings in art are tricky. Lyricists obviously generate those conversations by their use of religious imagery but the relationship between music and (perceived) spiritual meaning has at least as much or more to do with audiences as artists.

5 Keys to Real Happiness From 5 Must-Read Books

Suna Senman | Posted 07.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Suna Senman

Fairytales feed our minds with the enchanted thoughts about finding a situation where our wishes are fulfilled and we live "happily ever after." Contrary to this belief, happiness is not something to go out and find.

Art Drives Activism: One Musician's Response to Charleston

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 06.24.2015 | Media
Sheila Moeschen

In the wake of unspeakable terror, unthinkable violence, I am grateful for the way musicians allow themselves to feel called to put in a pin in the hustle for a livelihood and, instead, turn their gifts into opportunities to shift thought and make meaning out of what is unfathomable.

The Last Father's Day Gift I Gave My Dad -- An Excerpt From the Forthcoming book: Let Me Out (A Practical Guide for Bringing Your Ideas to Life)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 06.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

Love can make you a more creative person. Understand that when I use the term creative, I don't mean that you'll suddenly have mastery of any partic...

What Was Better? The 1960s Or 1970s?

Perry Block | Posted 06.07.2015 | Fifty
Perry Block

When you think about it, the 1970s weren't as bad as those of us who tend to prefer the 1960s often like to say. There was unquestionably some good entertainment and some good times, even if we didn't like the clothes we were wearing.

'Let Me Die in His Footsteps': A Conversation With Lori Roy

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.01.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Let Me Die In His Footsteps, Roy's new novel, set in a 1952 Kentucky town, concerns Annie Holleran, a 15 year old girl who has an uncanny sense of knowing how things will turn out before they've played themselves through.

It's Been Nearly 50 Years Since Bob Dylan Went Electric

AP | Posted 05.26.2015 | Arts

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — This year's Newport Folk Festival plans to pay tribute to the moment when Bob Dylan made rock history by going electric 50 year...

You Just Kinda Wasted My Precious Time: Dylan's Cold Apperance on Letterman a Let-Down

Lauren Daley | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Daley

If my dad or mom calls me after 11 p.m., my first thought is not emergency, but that one of them just found either Bob Dylan or Neil Young on TV. We Daleys are a proud Dylan-and-Young-loving people.

He Was a Friend of Mine: Jack Slater

Eric Trules | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric Trules

"Friend" is a word I value. I don't use it lightly. As in "Facebook friend." The word has more respect about it than that. At its core, it resonates w...

The Zeitgeist

Francis Levy | Posted 05.15.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

The Zeitgeist is like a person who walks into a room and feels totally at home. "Zeit" in German is time and "Geist" is spirit. So the words literally means "spirit of the time."

My New Neighbor Whitney Has Replaced the Cow

Alice Carey | Posted 05.12.2015 | New York
Alice Carey

I've just come back from visiting my new neighbor, the Whitney Museum smack there on the river, just a few blocks from where I've lived my whole grown up life.

The Meaning of Life: Be of Service to Others

Larry Dvoskin | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment
Larry Dvoskin

Here is a wonderful, heartwarming story of how a friend and I helped to be of service to someone who died long ago, to get his music out from beyond the grave and thus fulfill a piece of our own destinies.

The Traveling Kind: Chatting With Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Plus The Charlie Hunter Trio, SLV and MIRK Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.13.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Emmylou, The Traveling Kind is your second collaboration with Rodney Crowell following Old Yellow Moon. What was it that brought you back together to do this second album?

Judy Collins at the Café Carlyle: A Master at Work

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.07.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Beginning with her first song, "Open the Door", Judy Collins had her audience at the Café Carlyle on the opening night of her two-week run in thrall. A performer for 56 years, her crystalline sound, whether she's accompanying herself on acoustic guitar or at piano, rang clear.

Minnesota Music!

Minnesota Historical Society | Posted 05.02.2015 | Entertainment
Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota has a long and storied history of music making. From the Hutchinson Family Singers during the Civil War to the Andrews Sisters in World War ...

Presenting Rock Impressario Bill Graham

Tom Teicholz | Posted 05.02.2015 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

The legendary rock impresario Bill Graham was not a particularly observant Jew. There is nothing specifically Jewish about the bands he worked with, such as the Grateful Dead or the Rolling Stones, or the venues in which he produced concerts, such as at the Fillmore (East and West) and Winterland arenas.

Art Kane: Every Picture Tells a Story

Tom Semioli | Posted 06.13.2015 | Books
Tom Semioli

I'll never meet Art Kane, but I think if I had the chance to tell him what his pictures mean to me, and that I never knew his name or how he did what he did -- he would be most flattered.

Requiem for a Secret Love

LGBT News | Posted 06.05.2015 | Gay Voices
LGBT News

Having literally gone from a 16-year-old high school student to the "It's My Party" pop sensation overnight, Ms. Gore, who very recently died of lung cancer, not only knew what it meant to be among the very first commercially successful female pop stars in the 60s, but also understood what it meant to be gay during a relatively intolerant and highly homophobic era.

Meditation Myth Number 2: 'It's Too Noisy'

Dean Sluyter | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Dean Sluyter

Once you give up your old, futile efforts to shush the world, you'll find it very liberating. Now you're free to kick back and enjoy just being (aka "meditate") in subways, in office cubicles... in the actual world rather than in a fantasy silent world that will never exist.