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...

What Makes Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” So Perfectly Uncomfortable

Radiohead evolved in leaps and bounds through their first four albums.  So when the third album OK Computer arrived with the lead single “Paranoid Android,” the audience was blown away.  Bends was an excellent album on its own, but this was on an entirely different level.  This was the first album produced …

What Makes This Song Impactful: Imaging Dragons “Believer”

My son, 11 years old, listens to electronic and gaming music.  He doesn’t listen to rock bands.  Imagine Dragons is the lone exception.  It is debatable whether they “rock” or not, but they certainly are a band, a band made up of the traditional pieces like guitar, bass, drums.  So …

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 …