Should experiencing music enrich people's lives? I hope it does, but do those without music or musical enjoyment lack enrichment? If music should challenge people's perceptions of their current reality, is it then wrong for them to peacefully enjoy it?
I love listening to positive stories about people making a living at their passion. Pierce Fulton is just the guy I needed to hear from while waiting with baited breath for a weekend snowstorm here in New York. Plus, Pierce is really adorable.
The other day, I was about halfway through a piece on David Bowie's outstanding, genre-annihilating new album, Blackstar. Today, I write something new, a head full of Starman-studded memories, eyes damp with real tears.
I say this for my brothers and sisters who have elected to become soundwave-shapers, who have given their time, their sweat, and their waking (and dreaming) hours over to this strange and hallowed profession: The world would be a mighty desolate place without you in it.
Most people know William Frederick "Billy" Gibbons as the sunglasses-wearing, bearded guitarist in the band ZZ Top. This born & bred "Sharp Dressed" Texan recently spun his signature rock and blues into something a little bit different -- something you may never have expected.
In times of violence and grief, we are too consumed with patching up the holes left on our hearts to remember to keep our eyes to the stars. But that's when someone like singer and cellist Naomi Berrill comes in to save the day.
Americans across the country, most of whom have never before spoken out in support of a constitutional amendment, are sharing their creativity with the movement to get big money out of politics -- and our movement is stronger for it.
In terms of time, human beings are very simple creatures. We work according to set rhythms and timings; even the speeds with which our hearts beat are familiar, regular. Working outside of what we consider to be a "comfortable" tempo, is something utterly unsettling.
When it comes to guitar, Dweezil Zappa has shown that being the bandleader on the Zappa Plays Zappa tour and through his numerous solo efforts that he could go toe to toe with his late father Frank Zappa, lick for lick, any day of the week.