I sat in during rehearsal with Sheila and the youth. After the initial sound check, Sheila sat down on the edge of the stage and said: "When we're in rehearsal, you're going to be full out. This is a time to be focused. There's no half. It's full out."
The word spiritual comes from the Latin root, spiritus, which means, "to breathe life into." In that moment, however, the great halls of one of the world's most famous churches felt anything but spiritual.
We are clearly in good company when we speak to the necessity of fostering a child's creative development, and we embrace the essential role of music in cultivating that innate creative capacity within each of us.
What is great about the omnipotent ingredient of music is that music is the juice that can make it all work together: cognitive and social development, motivation and emotional engagement, and mindfulness and well-being.
My hope is that, after the glitter and glamor of Grammy week has faded, the spotlight can continue to shine bright on, and draw the world's attention to music's critical role in these other areas of our lives and society.
I fell in love with an intoxicating laughter, a mesmerizing gaze and a gentle soul. As soon as he said, 'Hello, you must be the lady from Seattle...' I immediately realized that I was in the presence of perhaps the most amazing person on the planet.
We are desperately in need of a new kind of music appreciation program -- one that offers everyone the "why" of music, impresses upon us its deeper values, and helps people better understand how we can most effectively harness its tremendous benefits and better integrate those into our daily lives.
Music is one of our most powerful gateways to connect to our spiritual nature -- our divine source -- the unseen, as well as to the universe around us and those other divine beings that inhabit it with us.
Yoni Wolf takes a step back to tackle life's disappointments with a newfound sense of appreciation for the graveness of it all, contrasting the tone of his previous albums, yet he hasn't lost his trademark sense for clever wordplay and underhanded irony.
Whether you're a fan of earth-shattering screams, loved Pineapple Express, or even if you're just eager to hear new tunes from the musical pioneers you've clung to for years, this week's Lyrics of the Week offers something for everyone.