The Higher Purpose of Music

The other day there was a question asked in a group for musicians. What’s the higher purpose of your music? Someone like Elizabeth Gilbert, whose book Big Magic I adore, would take issues with that statement.  She encourages creatives to do it simply for the fun of it.  Don’t overburden yourself …

How Pet Shop Boys Pointed Me toward Progressive Rock

The venerable British electro-pop duo Pet Shop Boys was one of the first English-speaking musical act that I was exposed to.  “It’s a Sin” was the very first song (I had no idea that it was about rebelling against religious boarding school) that came into my orbit (probably on a mixtape …

How I Approach the Lyrics Writing to My Mental Health Song Cycle

When I chose to write a song cycle to ChangeDirection.org‘s Five Signs of Suffering, I faced a few questions. One of them was about what point of view I was going to write from.  I took on the project because five seemed a good number and the subject matter was dear …