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Singer Songwriter Rodriguez – Review

The story of Detroit-born Sixto Rodriguez’s recent rise from obscurity seems the stuff that movies are made of. Aptly so; the 2012 Academy Award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man chronicled his rebirth from forgotten 1970s folk-rock musician to beloved icon of South Africa in wonderful…

How Music Works by David Byrne – Book Review

Let me say from the outset that David Byrne is one of my all-time heroes. I may not have pursued music at all without the revelations that were Remain in Light and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. From his early career in Talking Heads through his…

The Great Courses: Understanding the Fundamentals of Music – Review

Presented by Professor Robert Greenberg 16 parts, 45 min each = 12 hours 85 page course summary with references to the music selections Everyone can enjoy music, but for those who don’t already know, your enjoyment can be multiplied many times over when you understand…

Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner – Book Review

Kenny Werner is a jazz musician with, according to a review of his brilliant album ‘Institute of Higher Learning’, “seemingly limitless gifts as a pianist, bandleader and composer”. As well as being extraordinarily prolific as a musician, he is highly regarded as an educator, and…

Best Apps for Musicians – Review

OnSong by OnSong iPad/ iPhone/ iPod $7.99 With so many Apps out there for musicians these days, it’s hard to be sure which one is best suited to your needs. Most of them have the same features and functions plus a few added extras. It’s…

How To Make Gravy by Paul Kelly – Book Review

Readers outside Australia may be less familiar with his work (although he’s spent plenty of time performing and writing in the USA), but to many of his compatriots, Paul Kelly is a national treasure, a balladeer who seems to have a direct line to the…

The Musical Brain – Documentary Review & This is Your Brain on Music – Book Review

Documentary Review by Elizabeth Gaikwad The Musical Brain – Writer/director Christina Pochmursky, producer Vanessa Dylyn, Matter of Fact Media For me this is one of the most interesting documentaries made about the scientific evidence that music and emotions are fundamentally wired into the brains of…

Bebot, Bloom, iRealb – App Review

Here are three more apps to add to the ever-growing list of innovative music resources in the post-PC universe.   Bebot Normalware iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch $1.99 Bebot is your friendly robotic creative companion, with a lot of power in his circuits. Boot him up and you’re…

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die – Book Review

General Editor Robert Dimery This book was first published in 2005. If it were published for the first time today, I wonder if they might be tempted to call it “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before They Die”, because, despite some efforts by the industry…

MSO Learn, Discovr Music, MadPad – App Reviews

MSO Learn iPhone, iPad Free The orchestra is the world’s most powerful, complex and expressive musical instrument, or at least that’s how it feels when you’re witnessing all its parts coming together in a great performance, as if it’s a living, autonomous organism. Of course,…