Chicago-born electro-pop band OK Go, known for their wildly entertaining music videos that have racked up to over 200 million views on YouTube, are now on the forefront of a new science that revolutionizes music storage. In 2012, the band's frontman Damian Kulash began what would become a thrilling...
I asked my business partner Tommy, an artist manager for rappers and DJs based in Texas and Canada, to send me some thoughts about working in the music business. Here’s what he had to say:   Many underground/local artists view themselves as gods in this new music era. What many...
In his book Sacred Plant Medicine: The Wisdom of Native American Herbalism, Stephen Harrod Buhner describes the vital role that songs play in the shamanic healing practices of Native Americans: Many of the dreams that indigenous people experienced contained songs. These songs represented a particular kind of personal power, a holy...
Just off the coast of southwest Australia, shark enthusiasts from all over the world come to visit the legendary Great White in their natural habitat. Traditional methods of baiting with fish had been forbidden due to the frenzied state which sharks enter when in the presence of blood and...
This is a painting I created 9 years ago today. On March 1, 2009, I took a brush and black paint and this design fell out of my heart. I rarely paint, so to see such a graceful and uplifting symbol was unexpected. As I was completing the last...
Legendary Renaissance Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari (1644 – 1737) made violins that are regarded today as some of the most valuable instruments on the planet. Some Stradivari violins can sell for tens of millions of dollars, and their desirability is accredited to their sound. Specialist violin dealer Simon Morris describes...
Altar for Saraswati, Mangalore Kudroli Temple, Karnataka, India Several years ago, a close friend of mine gave me a gift that altered my inner perception. It was a small bronze cast of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts and wisdom. She sits atop a lotus flower, and in...
"We shall therefore borrow all our Rules for the Finishing our Proportions, from the Musicians, who are the greatest Masters of this Sort of Numbers, and from those Things wherein Nature shows herself most excellent and compleat." Leon Battista Alberti (1407-1472) Most of us can remember learning the Pythagorean Theorem...
A collection of quotes from women in music  "You should never feel afraid to become a piece of art. It's exhilarating." - Nicki Minaj"Songwriting is a very mysterious process. It feels like creating something from nothing. It's something I don't feel like I really control." - Tracy Chapman" You can't...
The jali, a griot of West Africa, is a highly trained historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician, who delivers oral history through song. The songs can last hours and days as the musicians recall extensive details of the personal history of an important figure or family, religion, war,...