Monthly Archives: November 2014

  • The Star-Spangled Banner

    I have long had two problems with the way many performers sing our national anthem at sporting events. My first concern is a technical one and, in comparison to the second, relatively minor. The seventh line of the first stanza reads as follows: Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave The adjective star-spangled modifies the noun banner, yet virtually every singer these days insists on taking a breath between star-spangled and banner. It shows laziness and is unnecessary; it is improper and no vocal coach would ever instruct their students to do so. Any singer worth listening to should…

  • Foo Fighters & Pink Floyd

    Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways © 2014 Roswell Records, Inc Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Whether the eight songs on this album reflect music from the cities in which they were recorded (Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.) is immaterial to me (they do, by the way.) Simply put, there’s lots here to like. The songs are varied in style, fresh and original. That Foo Fighters are talented musicians is undeniable – that they are capable of crafting such diverse sounding and memorable songs is remarkable. Favorite Tracks: 1. Something from Nothing 3. Congregation…

  • Music As Language: Part I

    Communicate: to express thoughts, feelings, or information easily or effectively.¹ Much has been written in debate on the topic music as language: is music a “universal language”, is it really a language at all? If so, what does it communicate, does it communicate the same message to everyone, is its message representative of emotions or life? Philosophical arguments on the nature of music date back to the recorded history of Western philosophy and while I intend to join in on those discussions in future essays, this introduction starts the process by addressing a most basic question “does music communicate?” Consider…

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