Category: "A Way of Listening"


A Way of Listening – Happy Songs: Pt 1

Written by Gordon Harvey on

Recently I read an article by music educator and prolific blogger Ethan Hein called The Happiest Chord Progression Ever, citing The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” as the example of a triumphantly happy song, made so in part because…

Lullabies – Why Do I Sing Them to My Son?

Written by Stephanie Iadanza on

As far as we know, parents have always sung their children to sleep. It’s understood that for a young child the melodies and rhythms of simple songs add to the already profoundly comforting experience of a familiar voice. And the…

Make Your Buds Blossom

Written by Gordon Harvey on

Although music is generally considered a social activity, I also treasure the personal experience of private listening. One of my favourite times to listen is when I’m out walking. Music always takse me to another emotional place, even while strolling…

Chords – Who, What, Where, How & So What?

Written by Elizabeth Gaikwad on

In search of the first chord Have you ever wondered when the first ever chord was played? How did it happen? Where did it happen? What is a chord? And what is its importance in understanding Western Music? This article…

A Way of Listening – Autumn Leaves

Written by Gordon Harvey on

In our last discussion about the diversity of Jazz, we cast a very broad net to show how varied music can be under the jazz umbrella. This time I thought we could explore just how varied can be the interpretations…