Iconic moments in music history.
As a kid, I always remember having a hard time trying to start a sentence. The problem wasn’t that I didn’t have anything to say, it was actually quite the contrary.
By now many have heard the song made popular by once, Hootie and the Blowfish front man, Darius Rucker. To some the fact that Rucker jumped from pop-rock to the country genre in music may be more of a shock than the fact that he is not the penning artist of "Wagon Wheel"
The Origin Of Music
The word music, as well as its theoretical study in the Western tradition, goes back to Ancient Greece. It comes to English through French musique and Latin musica, from Greek mousikos “of the Muses”. The Muses (Greek Mousai) are the nine Greek goddesses of inspiration in the arts and sciences, each responsible for a particular endeavour, ranging from lyric poetry to dance to astronomy.
Ska and Reggae
Part 1: Ska Have you heard of Ska music? It originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s. Ska came before the more well-known musical style of Reggae.
Storytime: How Two Men Jazzed Me Without Jazz in Lagos.
When people tell you jazz is real in Nigeria, believe them! Sometimes these people will jazz you without using any real jazz and you too will be moving like mumu. Let me tell you my story.
The Story Behind the Making of ‘Good Vibrations’
It was almost sunset on the sunset strip. The palm trees a shadow in the sky as the winds rolled down the canyon, soft and warm. The end of another sunny day in southern California.
"Annie, are you OK?"
The universe is fickle in its humor; objectively the perception of it usually takes a neutral stance between "good" or "bad" (if only due to averaging the the two out), but, subjective to the individual, it fluctuates between either/or without promise of consistency, with "bad" nearly always being more impactful than "good" to said individual. For example, as is going with the humor of the universe, it is with each time a man says “it will not happen to me” that the chances it will seemingly increase by ten, and the universe laughs itself to sleep in a blanket of your scorn. It's humorous, really, but I digress.
Look Out, Honey You know I’m Coming on Home
Stan Rogers draws you in with his introductory plucking and strumming, gets your foot tapping with his continued immersive guitar skills, enthralls you with his thunderous, rolling voice, holds you captivated to the end with the storyline, and just like that... you're hooked! Encore!
The Axiomatic Triangle
Welcome to TAT. I’m sure you have a bunch of questions about this, so I’ll just dive right in. The Axiomatic Triangle is a brand new series, dedicated to showing you how to broaden your musical horizons by listening to music based on 3 categories.
Love Walked In
Oscar Peterson was known as the Maharaja of the Keyboard by Duke Ellington and many other people. He was a Canadian jazz piano legend. For the longest time, I have longed to play the piano like he does. However, I never had the confidence to pursue jazz on the piano until recently. The pandemic has given me a lot of time to learn new skills. I’m realizing that anything is possible with a good teacher and a lot of practise.
I am walking down the hallway on a tour of the campus of ASU Mid-South, a community college in Arkansas, when I notice display cases filled with black and white pictures. Intrigued, I look closer and see pictured of Elvis and Johnny Cash, along with several others I don't recognize, but are clearly musicians posing with their instruments. Curious, surprised, not understanding the connection to a community college, I ask about them. My tour guide's face lights up, follow me she says, Turning the corner i am surprised to see a full radio station behind a glass window, it's call letters displayed in neon, KWEM.
4 Rockstar Classical Composers
Classical music is dull as dishwater, isn’t it? The stuffy, well educated middle-aged, reverentially filling concert halls, following etiquette as mysterious as it is non inclusive. If you infiltrate this world, you will hear talk of modal fifths, the importance of madrigals, and secret whispers that the flautist was a beat early at the beginning of the recitative. The truth is that, even for those who enjoy Classical music, there is layer upon layer of snobbery and study that can often make the world seem entirely inaccessible.