Music Education Provides Hope as it Sharpens Education Skills

The benefits of good school music education programs can end up becoming pervasive throughout all aspects of our society and make a positive difference. Studies have shown that students exposed to high quality music education programs exhibit positive traits like better language development, especially in children ages two through nine. The skills required to learn music use the left side of the brain, the area that is involved with processing and learning language.… [Read more]

Things Have Changed

Events in the news this week have some of us thinking about change on a national and global level. Today we’re posting this week’s “Say It In Song” pick: Bob Dylan’s “Things Have Changed.”

People are crazy and times are strange I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range I used to care, but things have changed.[Read more]

Watcha See is Watcha Get

Some people are made of plastic And you know some people are made of wood Some people have hearts of stone Some people are up to no good…

The Dramatics made so much sense when they released Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get in 1971; they could have easily been talking about today’s political scene. The hearts of stone and the people up to no good?… [Read more]

Aimless in America the 3rd

And so my tour continues further south. A day off in Orlando is pleasant but uneventful, like the city itself. I couldn’t find much to do but walk around aimlessly, occasionally getting engaged in conversation by questionable-looking people on the streets, including one dude with what looked like multiple stab scars all over his mid-section and arms.… [Read more]

I Didn’t Go To Woodstock

I didn’t. I should have and I could have but I didn’t. Here is the sad tale.

I had been living in Chicago for a year and I had made some new friends. We had been running around having fun all that time and hadn’t thought things were going to change but they did. The reason I was in Chicago in the first place is because I was supposed to be going to college.… [Read more]

THE Voice…In Memoriam, Whitney Houston

May Whitney Houston, THE Voice, rest in peace.

She was one of the greatest singers and song stylists of all time….and she will forever be missed.… [Read more]

(No) Sympathy For The Devil

Ron Paul…you amuse me!  You are simultaneously the purveyor of patriotism, the doctor of doom and the titan of TeaBagistan!

Like Beelzebub, you have your good points; your sensible talk about wasteful spending on the so-called War on Drugs has seduced many a follower. Like Lucifer you can bring just enough light to convince your minions of your vast knowledge.… [Read more]

People Are Crazy

“God is great, beer is good and people are crazy.”

~ Billy Currington

Though I’m not at all a religious person, hearing a statement like that is somewhat reassuring in that it’s a simply put way of saying that things will be fine. Despite all of the craziness we experience on a daily basis, we’ll be OK; today we are taking a break from primaries, debates, caucuses and campaigning to remember just that.… [Read more]