Why You Should Study The Classics

Why You Should Study The Classics

When I was 17, I ordered a copy of Beethoven’s Complete String Quartets from Amazon. Amazon was pretty new back then, and I remember opening the packaging and pulling out this thick blue book and thinking how cool it was to own a big chunk of history. It was the first...
Prosody in Songwriting 101

Prosody in Songwriting 101

Life is full of interesting questions. Why is the sky blue? Can Russian Twitter bots really swing an election? And where do broken hearts go, Whitney? Where? But today, let’s try answering something more practical: What is prosody? And why should you spend the next...
Music Is the Most Direct Route to the Soul

Music Is the Most Direct Route to the Soul

Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought. E. Y. HARBURG Music is the most abstract of the arts. It affects us not on an intellectual, rational level but on a deep, instinctual level. It washes over us and affects...

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