Music Is Life.

Music Is Life.

That's why we need to listen.

Welcome, Friend!

I explore an unconventional mix of rock music, guitars, personal development/self improvement, and mental health.  I invite you to come with me on my journeys, so I can share what I learn.

Ari Portrait by Amy Colleen

Topics

Music Commentary
As a music fanatic, it means a great deal when a song speaks to me.  Good songs are like air and food to me, I need a steady supply of them to fuel my life....
Life Insights
I'm constantly on the lookout for deeper meaning and understanding of life, with a particular focus on psychology and mental health.  I'm forever a student of life, and they say the best way to learn...
For Musicians
Music is a challenging pursuit, so I enjoy sharing lessons learned with my fellow musicians.  Particularly, I have something to say about songwriting and guitars, but I sometimes touch on arranging, singing, recording production and music...

Unlocking the Mystery: Why Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” Knocks You Out

Ah…. Stairway.   There’s so much has been said about “Stairway to Heaven” that the song needs no introduction.  Clocking in at 8+ minutes, it is THE song in Led Zeppelin’s catalog that people point to.  How did they craft such a massively popular song that defines not just their sound …

Dreaming of an Impactful Music Movement

When you survey the indie music industry, it’s littered with instructions on how to get noticed, create exposure, make money, go viral, and so on.  It’s all driven from the perspective of how to reach wider audience.  The bigger, the better. I am glad they are there, and I personally …

On a Mission to Spread Impactful Music, Continued

The idea that music being a powerful thing isn’t new, yet I feel like we (as in we modern humans) still don’t fully see it that way.  Tucked in the “entertainment” industry, we see musicians as this attention-seeking, self-serving children, out to win the popularity game. I want to make …

On a Mission to Spread Impactful Music

Words are funny things.  It’s a way to represent something, but sometimes there are gaps in the collection and you can’t quite say things to describe what you mean. In Japanese, there’s a word “kando” 感動 which I’d describe as being moved, touched, emotionally affected in a positive way.  It’s …

Unlocking the Mystery: Why Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” Is Their Quintessential Song

Of all the songs in Led Zeppelin’s lengthy catalog, “Kashmir” is one where all four members agreed that it was special.  It may not be the first song that pops into your head when you think Zeppelin, yet once you hear it it’s hard to get “Kashmir” out of your …