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This Day in Music

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Twenty years ago today rapper Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down in the streets of Los Angeles. In remembrance, Diddy is planning a tribute to his longtime friend using fans rapping Biggie’s lyrics (for more on that story, link is below). This brings to mind not only the tragedy but also[...]

Resolution Check

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So … how are your resolutions going? Now that January is half over, are you part of the nearly 30% of Americans, according to StatisticBrain.com, that have already given up and walked away from their resolutions? If you are, to use the words of the King of Pop, you are[...]

Music: Food for the Soul

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There have been many studies done over the years that point to music’s impact on a person’s emotional well-being and how music can alleviate stress and even help with depression. These studies are great, but it’s not like most of us didn’t know this already. Who here hasn’t, at some[...]

Always Remembered

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Well, 2016 is officially over, and there are many people (myself included) breathing a sigh of relief. Even a cursory glance at social media will show you that 2016 didn’t appear to be the most popular twelve months in recent history. There seemed to be a dark cloud that descended[...]

Concerts, Concerts, Concerts!

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If you’re anything like me, you love music, and more importantly you love concerts. As 2016 comes to a close I like to think about all the amazing times I spent listening to musicians do what they do best, play for a crowd. Whether it’s a bar with a tiny[...]

2016 in Musical Review

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Whether you want it to be or not, 2016 is almost over, and quick Google search will lead you to believe that there are more than a few people who are definitely want to see 2016 come to a close. It’s almost here, 2017 is staring us right in the[...]

Christmas Music

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Ask a bunch of people what they love about the Christmas season and a vast majority of them will talk about the music. It’s a defining characteristic of this time of year with its holiday-centric lyrics heavy on the snow, and the lights, and general good cheer. Whether you like[...]

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

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You better watch out, you better not cry, because in just a few days Santa Claus is coming to a town near you. It’s a little creepy to think about some old white dude staring at you when you’re sleeping, but I’ll let it pass because come Christmas Eve he’s[...]

Noise Cancelling Headphones

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World travelers, students, and music lovers of all stripes have one thing in common, the need from time to time to drown out the world with their favorite playlist. It’s not enough to just shove some earbuds in your ears and crank up the volume, when you find yourself in[...]

Is there a Mozart Effect?

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There is always some group of scientist studying the effect that music has on people. Scientists have been able to show a positive correlation between musical influence and good psychological health such as mood elevation, stress relief, depression relief, etc. Back in 1993 a study emerged that sited the glorious[...]