Unlocking the Mystery: How the Beatles’ “Come Together” Gets Under Your Skin

What made the Beatles such an enduring icon wasn’t their cute boy looks, vocal prowess, or catchy melodies.  It’s those combined with their adventurous, experimental and convergent (as in converging different genres) music.  Together with producer George Martin, they wrung every drip of potential out of each song, to create albums after albums …

Unlocking the Mystery: How Toad the Wet Sprocket’s “All I Want” Uplifts

Toad the Wet Sprocket is one of my all-time heroes.  It’s hard to put into words what this band means to me, but one quality I admire in their music is relatability.  There’s something about Toad’s music that connects to what life feels like.  It’s that sense of “yeah, that’s how …

How Rock n Roll Empowers Me

Recently I realized that beneath my other negative beliefs and insecurities lie a sense of powerlessness. For example, when I pick up my guitar and play something, I often gravitate toward licks I can’t play.  But instead of finding it a fun challenge, my mind usually starts lamenting and berating.  It’s …

Why Singing Along Is Good for Your Soul

When I was in a choir in college, my conductor told us that singing is the most holistic of musical activities. I believe that.  Singing utilizes one instrument built into our physical body to express ourselves, build harmony and create engaging experiences.  Singing is a barometer of your energy level.  If …

Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit”: What Went into Writing an Anthem of a Generation

Kurt Cobain is a songwriter with a very distinct personal style. What he didn’t know was how many people would resonate with what he was expressing. Whether it’s a blessing or a curse, when you create a highly expressive piece of art, one that crystalizes and sharply evokes a focused …