Category Music & Societal Context

Paco de Lucia passed away

Sadly, the great Francisco Sánchez Gómez (Paco de Lucia) passed away at the age of 66 today. He was born in Algeciras in south east Spain and has been known as one of history’s greatest guitarists. After his travel to America at a very young age, he met Jazz musicians such as Larry Coryell, John […]

Zen Guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo

In this post I would like to introduce a book by Philip Toshio Sudo. This is a book based on zen philosophy, published in 1997. Even though, it is called Zen Guitar, all musicians and students (both amateurs and advanced) can find it beneficial. As in the introduction he writes: “Welcome to Zen Guitar Dojo. […]

The Transformative Power of Classical Music

I would like to share with you this wonderful TED presentation by Benjamin Zander, about “the transformative power of classical music”. Since 1979, Benjamin Zander has been the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic. He is known around the world as both a guest conductor and a speaker on leadership — and he’s been known to […]

How to Feel Miserable As an Artist

These days, artists find themselves under so much pressure. Sometimes, we may unintentionally make things a bit more complicated. You may also find these advices quite helpful.

Music and Philosophy

Music talks without words; it expresses the inexpressible, where there is no sufficient word. Yet, its language is universal. “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent” says Victor Hugo. Music can heal, motivate, inspire and even more… Whereas anything produced by human being has the human […]

Destructive Music

Destructive music is not a special kind of music that you may feel like you have never heard one or if you start listening to one you’d know right away and be like “oh my God this is destructive music, I shouldn’t be listening to this”! These days, you would hardly find a single soul […]

The Story of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Rock-and-roll (rock ‘n’ roll) has been one of the most influential post 1950 styles of music. It grew out of several streams of postwar pop music, including: Rhythm-and-blues (R&B), recording of the ‘Shouter’ blues such as Joe Turner, boogie-woogie piano blues and Gospel-based vocal style. If we take a look at pop music history, we […]