Archive for April, 2016

Proud teacher moment: Praise from another

I’m very proud to share this because it is a rare event: I received an email from a music teacher at a school near me today. Two of my students study piano with you, and I am amazed at what…

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Prince: 1990 sound check, Osaka Japan

Today’s Why We Make Music: Every opportunity to play – including a sound check – is a chance to explore, connect, and influence. RIP to one of the most influential musicians of all time. Thank you, Prince, for all the…

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Kiddo Kat and Heidi Joubert (by happenstance) feat. Ozzy Lino

(Warning: some adult language mixed in with excellent music making) Today’s Why We Make Music: Instant connection between strangers. Kiddo Kat and Heidi Joubert perform a subway session (Frankfurt) and a random guy joins in…who turns out to be Ozzy…

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Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in the style of Chopin

Today’s Why We Make Music: Mashups! YouTuber Syd R Duke takes Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and throws in some Chopin flourish. The resulting “Chophoven” is love and also very, very fun to say.

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Aretha Franklin honor songwriter Carole King

Today’s Why We Make Music: to have a good educated guess at what this song means to Aretha and Carole, to the whole audience, in this very moment. Aretha Franklin performs “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at…

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When Choirs Sing, Many Hearts Beat As One

Today’s Why We Make Music: For measurable unity. Researchers of the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden studied the heart rates of high school choir members as they joined their voices. Their findings, published this week in…

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