How To Enjoy A Concert Safely When You Have Hearing Loss

Hello. It’s me. I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to go to a concert? I have two extra tickets. To Adele. Do you and your daughter want to come?  [sing this to Adele’s “Hello”]I rarely go to concerts — I am afraid to damage my hearing any more than it already is. But when my sister invited my daughter and me to the Adele concert in Madison Square Garden, the look on my daughter’s face said it all. We had to go. It was my job to make sure we could enjoy the concert safely....more

Independent Artist: Who Is Squad R3ADYy?

Do you know what independent music is? ...more

Star Wars and Star Trek at the Symphony

"Most Star Wars fans are really into the music too."  My husband Phillip set the record straight when I was surprised at how many sci-fi fans wanted to hear live symphony. While he is both a Star Wars fan and a lover of classic/symphonic music, I didn't think that particular Venn diagram overlapped that much.  Apparently, I was wrong.   ...more

Bruno Mars' Versace-Laced Love: A Review of 24K Magic

The level to which I am a fan of Bruno Mars has been well-documented in prior blog entries.  When I first saw his mischievously charming mug on The Voice several years ago, I was enthralled.  Then I started to listen to him sing, and I was seriously pulled in.  Then I began to understand this artist’s deep and broad musicality, and I was impressed.  But once he seduced his way through “Gorilla” at the 2013 VMAs, I was done for, and…well…reduced to full-on crush level, let’s just call it like it is. I downloaded both Doo-Wops and Hooligans and Unorthodox Jukebox at a clip shortly thereafter and have been listening closely ever since....more

Solange's "A Seat at the Table" is Self-care


Where Passion and Purpose Intersect – The Golden Thread

I recently went to Harlow’s in downtown Sacramento to see Café Musique, a self-described gypsy, wild classical band that has been performing together for ten plus years and hails from my former home base of San Luis Obispo County....more

Bruce Springsteen talks life and music career with Stephen Colbert

Bruce Springsteen has made the media rounds promoting his upcoming biography, Born to Run. This past Friday night, celebrating his 67th birthday, Springsteen sat during the four segments of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to talk about his 50-year music career, life and the current state of politics....more

T is for Tania León

 Each week for 26 weeks, I am publishing a post about women who are not widely known but should be—women who can inspire us, teach us, and encourage us to get out of our comfort zones and reach for our dreams. Week 20 of my A to Z challenge introduces us to Tania León....more

Kesha, my queen

 Spend more than five minutes around me, and I will inevitably tell you a fact that some people would be ashamed of, but that I embrace with complete pride: I am a die-hard, long-time, completely unironic Kesha fan....more

5 Best Free Online YouTube Video Converters

 YouTube, Vimeo, Daily Motion, MetCafe and even Facebook and Twitter – all these are veritable treasure troves of visual multimedia content. For one time views, online surfing of video libraries works wonders, because you can just view the content that interests you, and move on. But for content that demands repeat views, you generally need to download the videos and save it to your tablet, smartphone or computer. How do you do that? We have the answers. ...more