Why Do We Love Sad Songs?

My sister recommended I listen to this story on PRI’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge.”

The show looks at sad songs from classical, rock, jazz, and country music.

Program 10-12-12-B: “Why Do We Love Sad Songs?” originally aired on Dec. 12, 2010.

They break up the hour-long program into three segments: Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, a little psychology linking speech and music, “pop” music (which includes rock, jazz, and country), and Bach’s Cello Suites. Continue reading


The Wide Awakes & Till We Have Faces

So last weekend, I had the opportunity to play with two bands: The Wide Awakes and Till We Have Faces.

The Wide Awakes (left to right: Strickland and Peterson)

I do not know how long The Wide Awakes have been together. It’s just two guys, Justin Peterson on drums and Andy Strickland on acoustic and electric guitar.

They claim to be blues rock and rockabilly, but from what I heard, I would also have to add in a little indie punk, too. In fact, during their opening number, I leaned over to my friend and sang ” Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!” We both had a pretty hearty laugh, because The Wide Awakes have an obvious punk influence, along with their cowboy-ness.

I do not know if it was intentional, but their electric guitar and drums seemed to be the same hue of metallic blue. I kind of liked it.

They covered Coldplay and Johnny Cash, both a little differently than I expected.

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The Itch that You Can Scratch

This is Jer.

I have to warn you: if you are like my mother, you probably will not like most of the music by this band. Just FYI.

My friend Jer introduced me to a trio from England called TAT last week. The lead singer’s name is Tatiana DeMaria. Jer initially described her as “a little rough around the edges.” I would call that an understatement.

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That Doesn’t Even Rhyme

My sister-in-law Megan showed me this guy on YouTube. He goes by the name Pogo. He is from Australia and he takes sound bytes from a film and re-sequences the clips together to form a new piece of electronic music.

Here is what he did using sound clips from “UP”

I think it is neat. I am not sure that I would call him a musician, because he does not actually create any of the sounds, but he does write cool stuff. He is an artist.

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Hay mas sitio para usted

I wrote this in Inglés as well. If you want that version, click here . I figured since this is in Spanish, I would write it in Spanish.

My sister told me I should listen to Ricardo Arjona. Gave me three CD’s and listened to them.

I have to be honest, the first time I heard his album “Adentro,” I thought, “Well, I is not Mana or Nek, but I like it ok.”

And then I decided to do a post on the album. So I listened a few more times. While I was doing work or at home or while he was saving the princess brown beasts.

And you know what? I love it. Continue reading