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Sing In The Key Of Off

Singing For DummiesI've spent much of my life singing.  Not professionally, of course.  I'll sing along with the radio in my car, while watching a movie at home, and when any old 

The Story Behind the Song

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the SongDid you know that the song “Stop in the Name of Love” was written by a man who had just been caught cheating on his girlfriend? She was standing at a motel in front of him with a bat when the phrase came out of his mouth. Not the best moment for the phrase, but what a great song! Take a look at Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song to find out all the interesting stories behind some of the most popular songs of the past few decades.

 

Songwriters vs. Poets: A Battle Royale (Or a Long-simmering Grievance Aired to No Good Effect)

Our lives would be so much better if everyone had their own horn sectionPetrarch and his Favorite Axe, after a fresco by Andrea del Castagno.
John Prine is a songwriter I admire a lot. I can’t listen to any of the many covers of “Angel from Montgomery” without getting all wistful and gooey inside.

Gleek Out!: Beyond the Glee Soundtrack

I've spend the last 24 hours "gleeking out" over Glee: The Music, Season 1. Even though most of the songs have been available online since the show started, I love having everything on the official CD. But what do you do when you have all the songs memorized? Go back to the source material by the original artists!

Music on the Brain

Think of your favorite song.  Can you hear those first few notes? Can you hear the melody, the pitch, the rhythm? Does it make you want to sing along or tap your foot to the beat?  Does it conjure up a certain emotion or a long-lost memory? 

When we hear a good song, it triggers something deep, something basic within us. Music cuts to the core of who we are. It reminds us of our past and lets us enjoy the present.

But music is also scientific and mathematical. It's possible to track its effects on the brain. If you have ever wondered how music affects us on a biological level, try these titles:

Peter and the Wolf

Ipeter and the wolff you remember this from your childhood,

Not another High School Musical

Two weeks ago I walked into the theater at Katy Mills expecting to see a fluffy, no brain needed, teen flick.  I walked out of the theater duly impressed by the depth of the plot, heading straight to the music store to pick up the fabulous soundtrack.  The movie I saw was Bandslam 

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