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 …

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 …

22 Albums That Changed My Life (Part 2)

This is a series walking back the time line in my journey as a music fan.  The previous post covered the teenage years — now we’re getting to my 20s. — U2 Achtung Baby Like everyone else, I was just blown away by the transformation.  The Edge’s guitars were so distorted and …

Do You Like the Music or the Musician?

Music and the artist who created it aren’t the same thing. While it’s true that the musicians poured themselves into the music, at the point of being made into the form of a recording, their connection ends.  The music will take on its own persona, its own life, linked but …

Emotional Muscle, Music and Becoming Better at Getting What You Want

So what we desire in life is good experiences.  And we can’t create what we don’t have the capacity to create. It’s because of our “emotional muscle.”  Just like a real undeveloped muscle can’t lift heavy weights, an undeveloped emotional muscle have a hard time feeling strong emotions. For example, it’s …