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Holiday Reading List

Whether you’re looking for a new book to read or a present for someone this holiday season, we’ve compiled a list of books for you! Some we have read and some are on our own ‘to read’ lists! If you’ve got any recommendations please leave…

This Dream of You – Diana Krall [Album Review]

Think of the word “jazz” and chances are you’ll picture something like a smoky bar with a small group of guys hunched intensely over their instruments. Or perhaps a concert hall with an ensemble of tuxedo-clad men swinging through Tin Pan Alley standards. What you…

Stories of Music – Book Review

Stories of Music is a multimedia book with heart and soul, telling its tales through poems, pictures, videos, recorded music and text in print and online, and giving something back in the process by its contribution to music-based charities. Publisher and Editor Holly E. Tripp…

Book Review – The Usborne Classical Music Sticker Book

Simply Music lessons with a teacher or online are a wonderful way to begin a lifelong relationship with music, but it doesn’t mean you have to stop there. Rachel Geans has discovered “The Usborne Classical Music Sticker Book”, a delightful, multi-sensory experience you can use as…

Frequencies – Art Imitates Life

What if you lived in a world where your opportunities, your place in society, your relationships, and even your self-image were determined by the distinct natural vibrations you emitted? This is the premise of the science fiction film Frequencies (2013), which portrays a society both…

Great Courses: How To Listen To and Understand Great Music – Review

Presented by Professor Robert Greenberg The Great Courses DVD,CD, video or audio download $349.95-$699.95 USA $399.95-$809.95 Australia For other countries, visit thegreatcourses.com/greatcourses I began my interest in music as a listener, and I still spend a good deal more time listening to music than playing or writing…

Alive Inside – Movie Review

From musicandmemory.org Alzheimer’s and dementia are a reality for an increasing and often unseen population. Though well intentioned, many nursing homes are not equipped to fully meet the needs of these residents. We are left with several questions without any real or comforting answers: How…

Devil’s Trill by Gerald Elias – Book Review

“Perhaps the power of music is greatest because it is temporal rather than spatial, meaning that once it is heard it is gone forever.” In the novel Devil’s Trill, it is obvious that many musicians do not easily blend into society. These gifted few expect more…

The Music Lesson – Review

Anyone who knows of Victor Wooten would have to put him in their list of greatest bass guitarists of all time. As a bass player myself, I regularly find myself dumbfounded by musical feats I have absolutely no idea how he performs. it’s no small…

A Late Quartet – Book Review

An outstanding ensemble cast and the overriding theme of passion, both musical and romantic, make this movie a captivating experience. The Fugue String Quartet is celebrating its 25th anniversary just as the senior member and cellist, Peter (Christopher Walken), is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The…