by Karl Beaudry
We parents have a lot of responsibility. From the day our children are born we sense an urgent need to find the best opportunities to help them grow and prepare for their own adult lives. And there’s certainly no shortage of opportunities! Beside our own teaching and what they learn in school, our kids can benefit greatly from all sorts of external activities that greatly enhance their social lives, maintain their physical well-being, and develop their hidden talents.
by Karl Beaudry
Have you ever watched the old Lone Ranger television shows? If so, you’ve heard Rossini’s famous William Tell Overture. Have you ever seen Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? If so, you’ve heard Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. In fact, Mozart’s music shows up in countless places – including the well-known Eine Kleine Nachtmusik in (of all places) an Ace Ventura film! Sections from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite are commonly heard in commercials when a quiet morning is being depicted. And when terror and fear are needed? The Ride of the Valkrie by Richard Wagner or Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by J.S. Bach.
John Puzan, interviewed by Steven Danner
If you’ve ever sat in the crowd watching an amazing musical performance and wished you could find a way to ask the band all the questions about how they got where they are today, well I had just the opportunity. I caught up with a 25 year old independent songwriter by the name of John Puzan. He’s was performing an acoustic set at a well known venue in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He’s a native of that area, but is now living in Pensacola, Florida where he’s performing four times a week or more. After his performance, I asked him how he does it.
by Steven Danner
With the advancement of technology and musicians being able to produce great sounding records from their home studios, the idea of being an independent musician is becoming more and more emergent. An independent musician is considered an artist who produces music independently of a major record label. However, there is a great deal more responsibility for independent musicians to make a living when it comes to publishing, composing, recording, and releasing their music. You could say this may seem a disadvantage compared to the resources of a major record label, but with determination, perseverance, and the ability to go viral; it’s actually pushing major labels to find innovative ways to keep up.
by Melissa Tan
While many people appreciate music for its emotional depth, few pause to question what exactly goes into the innate human attraction to music. Advancements in an emerging field, called music cognition, have shown that the brain is biologically wired to connect with rhythm and harmony, correlating with the natural rhythms of the cardiovascular and nervous systems.