Author Archives: Josh

George Gershwin: An American in Paris

For many, Gershwin’s An American in Paris is associated with the 1951 MGM movie starring Gene Kelly, not to mention a number of Broadway revivals. But these versions are not only larded with a number of other Gershwin pieces, they … Continue reading

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Beethoven’s “Eroica”: The Fire of Prometheus

Question: What makes a familiar piece of music stay fresh to the mind and ear?   One Answer: Learning something new about it. Josh plays violin in an orchestra made up of passionate musicians who, by day, are psychiatrists, pediatricians, … Continue reading

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A Great Passion for Music

Interviewing people about the music they love to listen to is endlessly fascinating. Every story is different. Yet, a common thread runs through them: they are all stories of discovery and a deep commitment to consciously choosing the music in … Continue reading

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Building Bridges with Music

Our interviewee in this story, 57 years old,  is  a self-described “aging hippie and  music junkie.” Recovering from  substance abuse over the course of some seven years, he has found new serenity and joy, thanks to the grounding and centering … Continue reading

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Music and Loss – Songs that Have Helped with Grief

“To me, music is one of the things I couldn’t live without. If I were put on a desert island, I would have to have a solar-powered i-Pod.” These are the heartfelt words of a 41-year old woman, who has … Continue reading

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What Music Did You Love When You Were 14?

So many stories. So many moments of happiness…sadness…nostalgia…comfort…power…and so much more that our storytellers are willing to share with us. This is why we enjoy interviewing people like you about the music you love. Through gentle conversation, we try to … Continue reading

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Drumming for Humanity

NOTE:  In January we will begin monthly posts featuring interviews with people who have talked with us about the music they love– music that has made a difference in their lives. If you have a story to share, please write … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Gift of Forgiveness

FIRST — NEWS ABOUT 2014! Watch for our new series of posts beginning in January. We have been interviewing lovers of music of all kinds for several years. They have told us about the music they like to listen to most and how music has … Continue reading

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A Sense of Humor is a Joy Forever

Humor is often under-rated as a character strength. Yet there’s nothing quite like it to sharpen your focus (to get the joke), release hormones like oxytocin,  boost the immune system, promote zest and optimism, and sometimes just help you cope … Continue reading

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Tom: a Master of the Universe

…of Social Intelligence Who is Tom and what does Social Intelligence have to do with music? Social IQ is a character strength often literally worth its weight in gold. People with high Social Intelligence exhibit deep emotional understanding of others, which often … Continue reading

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