I’ve taken an unexpected interest in instrumental music lately. I’m thinking this stems largely from the fact that I like to hear instrumental solos, which no one seems to take anymore in rock and pop music. Aside from that, though, I believe it has something to do with the concept of finding a voice and… Read More


I have a great fear in my heart that rock ‘n’ roll as I once knew it is dead. I hope I’m wrong about that, but I find myself growing more and more irritated these days as I try to listen to modern music. This could just be a natural progression of growing older, when… Read More


As a former English major, I take a particular interest in the words people use to describe things, and if there is one thing (besides misspellings) that drives me insane it is hyperbole. The bad news for me heading into 2018 is that needlessly overly dramatic language seems to be in vogue at the moment.… Read More


In a previous blog post, I alluded to a study from Help Musicians UK which indicated musicians and those working in the music industry could be more than three times as likely to suffer from depression as the rest of the population. The report, titled “Can Music Make You Sick?”, is based on a survey… Read More


Since this is a blog focusing on depression, I’d like to write about something today that really depresses me – listening to music on the radio.… Read More


I could be mistaken, but I believe I once heard Johnny Rzeznik, lead singer and guitarist of the Goo Goo Dolls, describe writer’s block this way: It’s not that you’re not writing anything. In reality, you’re writing stuff all the time. It’s just that you believe everything you’re writing is crap.… Read More


Dear Life, I have not written to you in quite some time. In fact, I do not remember the last time I actually made a request to you in writing. I know I have talked to you plenty, both in my head and even out loud. Consider this a more official form of communication, a… Read More


My 14-year-old daughter recently landed a part as a “silly girl” in the local community theater’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.… Read More