Unlocking the Mystery: Why We Listen to 10+ Minutes of Led Zeppelin’s “Achilles Last Stand”

I recently realized that I may have more in common with Led Zeppelin than I previously thought.  I’ve always related to Jimmy Page as a guitar player, but my focus on longer songs made me take another look at the more ambitious and experimental side of the legendary band.  In …

Unlocking the Mystery: How the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” Impresses without Impressive Melodies

With such a vast catalog, it’s nearly impossible to pick any one song as the quintessential Beatles tune — but “All You Need Is Love” may be a strong contender.  With a playful attitude, idealistic (if tongue-in-cheek) lyrics and colorful orchestral arrangements, it has many of the characteristics that they became …

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 …