Music, Across Time and Space

“When you learn something from people, or from a culture, you accept it as a gift, and it is your lifelong commitment to preserve it and build on it.” – Yo Yo Ma A few years ago I attended a cello concerto by Yo Yo Ma at Powell Hall in Saint Louis, Missouri. At the […]

Why Classical Guitar?

“The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” – Albert Einstein [/caption] Mention “classical guitar” to many beginning guitarists and you will get a whole host of reactions, from “what’s that?” to “do you mean classic rock?” to “why would you want to play that on guitar?”. Despite a […]

5 Albums To Help Focus Your Attention

Need to finish that writing or studying assignment but finding it hard to focus? Playing carefully chosen music in the background can help create the perfect atmosphere for concentrating while working and may even help inspire you to write that new novel or short story. There are a couple of things to consider when picking […]

Why Music Needs A Blast From The Past

A few years ago I went to see the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra perform Beethoven’s Symphony Number 3, “Eroica”. I had heard it many times before on the radio and on CD but when the lights went down and the orchestra hit those first two monster chords, I thought to myself that Beethoven was surely […]