A Night With SteelMagic

Tonight I was lucky enough to hear the premier performance of Steel Magic Northwest. Started at my son’s school, it’s grown significantly. They’re now a full-fledged 501c3 nonprofit. It’s been a fun ride watching them grow.  Steel Magic is an Edmond/Lynnwood based steel drum group. The music this evening was quite the blend of styles and Read More …

Community Radio

I’m a community radio junkie. One of my favorites growing up with KNHC, aka C89 FM. They’ve won several awards, including Best Dance Station. To me, that’s a huge deal since this local, student run (high-school students at that) community station beat out major national players. Almost daily I listen to KEXP. John in the Read More …

Some thoughts on the current state of the Streaming Music Business

Earlier today I read this piece from my friends at Geekwire: “Music service Rhapsody posts record $35M net loss even as revenues climb to $202M“. I’m not simply concerned about a long-standing Seattle tech company struggling, but also that entities like Spotify are also bleeding cash to keep their market share. The losses are not Read More …

An Evening With Aaron Strumpel At Trinity Lutheran

I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with Aaron before, so it was really a delight to see him perform again. The tranquility his music elicits calms me, settling my brain into a contemplative place, connecting me with the divine. Below is one of the pieces performed this evening. When you have the chance to Read More …

Spotify, Apple Music, And The Masses Of Online Music Choices

A few months back, I gave the new Apple Music a go. As a long time Spotify user, I was mainly compelled by access to Apple’s library, with the expectation that the service would have access to the full catalog. Well, that’s not the case. With that, it’s not quite clear when a song is available Read More …

Time Stand Still, Rush and Earworm Songs

Rush’s Time Stand Still has been on earworm for me all day. Not complaining, to be clear; love the song. Perhaps my subconscious grabs ahold of it as my son moves into Middle School; capturing a bit of my zeitgeist? Eh… Their musicality deeply resonates with me. When I studied bass, Geddy Lee’s skills blew my Read More …

A great part of #Seattle: starting my mornings with @KEXP and @LoserBoy

        I’ve been starting my mornings with KEXP‘s John Richards for years. His blend of music challenges me and connects to my musical tastes deeply. I love exploring the new, but not ignoring the past. There are days that his playlists connect with the music I first fell in love with as a Read More …

Spotify’s Seattle Based Competitor

I’m sure most people would think I’m writing about Amazon Prime music, but no. Real Networks has been around for years. I used their player before iTunes, before Pandora, I’m pretty sure before Windows XP. They’ve been in this space a long time, but have not have regained the popular attention they had in the Read More …