Tag Archive | Music

Words as Lyrics bring a Soul Fix

Words as Lyrics bring a Soul Fix

The coliseum is filled to the rafters, 16,000 voices singing along to the performers onstage –  just a duo. No big strings, no booming percussions, no breathtaking sax.   Yet the whole place is vibrating with sound and movement as the audience claps and sways in rhythm to the beat of percussionist Toca Rivera. Next to […]

Instrumentalism in Improvisation: The Flourishing of Jazz

Spontaneous and soulful, that’s how jazz music is expressed and appreciated. Such free-flowing lack of musical structure makes Jazz universally popular across divides of language, education, race, and social status. Instrumentalism, not music principles, accounts for its timelessness. The performance emanates from deep soul ideas expressed in a tilt of a note, a wailing crescendo, […]

Is Do Re Mi as Easy as Ready, Set, Push?

You half collapse on the sofa at the hotel lobby, happy for the time to just sit before yet another meeting, your third one today. Music flows from the piano at the nearby lounge. It is upbeat but relaxing, produced by a player who has obviously been at it for years. Letting out a deep […]

Sting Makes a Strong Point

Sting Makes a Strong Point

The announcement of the artist pull-out and venue change came as the tickets for the show were practically sold out. The artist’s decision to switch venues in this one-night-only gig caused a bit of a logistical challenge to refund and re-issue tickets for both organizers and ticket holders, who had to physically pick up the […]

Making Money with Music?

(written for A. Ullah) While grocery shopping, you hum the overture you heard for the first time at the theater last night. At a traffic standstill, you drum your fingers on the steering wheel to a reggae beat in your mind. You absentmindedly yet correctly name the tune at the first strains of the recorded […]