Music Is Life.

Music Is Life.

That's why we need to listen.

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This site is dedicated to fellow music fanatics.  Together we explore meaningful rock music that inspires us to face our darkness and shine our light.
    Ari Portrait by Amy Colleen

Making Friends with Disappointments Can Transform Us

Disappointments must be on the top of everyone’s list of uncomfortable emotions. We abhor disappointments.  We set up entire industries (insurance = insure + assurance?) to reduce the gut-wrenching punch of disappointments.  It seems like humanity is in a war against disappointments.  From legal contracts to marriage vows, we seek …

Seeing the Art in Dada’s Quirkiness

Dada was an alternative rock trio that was active in the 90s and had on-again-off-again spotty career since then.  I have been following them though because they are a bit like King’s X, in that they combine clever songwriting and stupendous musicianship.  Their persona has more quirky, geeky, quasi-slacker type …

The Beatles “Nowhere Man”: Arranging a Lean, Mean Impact Machine

This is the second in a series examining a song from four different dimensions: songwriting, arrangement, performance, and production.  This post focuses on the oft-overlooked aspect of music: arrangement. In the previous post we examined how John Lennon wrote an efficient little pop gem using two well-matched chord progressions and repetitive …

The Beatles “Nowhere Man”: How to Write a Song about Insecurity

This is a first in a series examining a song from four different dimensions: songwriting, arrangement, performance, and production. “Nowhere Man” from Rubber Soul is a brilliant little pop gem with biting commentary on humanity’s tendency to to stick to her/his comfort zones.  The impactfulness of the song is perfectly orchestrated by …