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Goodbye to Subscribers – Hello to Potential Students

Music and Happiness is changing radically in 2016. We will no longer be sending out notices of new posts to Subscribers.  In fact, we are deleting our Subscriber List. This website will remain online, and you can still contact us here … Continue reading

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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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Spring is Coming, and Not a Moment Too Soon

This sign made us smile while we waited in a long line at the car wash recently. ___________________________________ Another snow day. It’s been a rough winter here in the Northeastern US. We wonder if our Butterfly Bush will survive the … 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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The Fountain of Youth

One of the more inspiring ways different generations can bond through music is described in this post. Research tells us that positive inter-generational connections are important for our well being. Here is an exciting example of one way to create … Continue reading

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George Gershwin: “Stairway to Paradise”

From Josh: I am having a ball these days teaching a course, for mature adults, on George Gershwin for the Lifetime Learners Institute at Norwalk Community College in Connecticut. The many people in my class are so engaged that they give … Continue reading

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A Poignant Tribute

Early in the morning of Friday, August 15, 2014, less than a week after the fatal shooting the previous Saturday of African-American teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri, rapper J. Cole ( Jermaine Lamarr Cole) posted his tribute song “Be … Continue reading

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Alive Inside: Music and Memory

We recently saw a documentary film that is just opening now, so we want to call it to your attention. As you will read below, the film–Alive Inside–is quite novel and inspiring. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Memory is the measure of who we are … Continue reading

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