Pandora’s True Value

Pandora’s stock has been getting rocked lately with Apple Music and Spotify making it awfully hard to compete. When you can play practically any song on demand, “radio” seems too slow and out of touch. The idea of Internet radio is likely over at this point, but that does not mean Pandora has no value. […]

Dave Matthews Band – Saint Louis Concert

My wife, Donnell, and I had the pleasure of seeing Dave Matthews Band for the second time together last night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. The band put on an incredible show, and of all of the times I’ve seen them, I can say I have never heard them play so tightly together. I have […]

Van Halen: A Different Kind of Truth

I have been listening to the new Van Halen album while working and exercising to slowly get my head around the fact that there is a new Van Halen album with the old (or should I say old-ing) Van Halen. I have to admit that I really enjoy the album. It is without question a […]

Steve Schmidt Receives Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation Award

I learned today that my trumpet teacher, Steve Schmidt, recently received the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation Award. Having studied with Mr. Schmidt for more than six years, I can say with certainty that this award is going to a great musician and teacher. Congratulations Mr. Schmidt!

Which Music Festival Would You Attend?

If you had the choice between a rock festival featuring Arcade Fire, Wilco, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, and Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen and a pop festival featuring Madonna and Elton John, which one would you attend? Come on, be honest. Now, let me ask another question. Which concert do you think would be in support […]

A Funky Groove from Christian McBride

While reviewing my Last.fm Dashboard yesterday, I found this excellent track from Christian McBride and his band. The track starts out as a jam but spontaneously evolves into James Brown’s Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose. Moments like this are the reason it is so fun to play in a band. You never quite […]

Send Some Holiday Cheer with iMix

The iMix feature in Apple’s iTunes Store is one that I have never really gotten in to. Sure, I used to mix cassette tapes when I was a kid, but for whatever reason, I’ve never really been one to build a lot of playlists in iTunes. That’s not to say that playlists and iMix aren’t […]

Rhapsody on TiVo

Ever since I saw this post on TiVo Blog, I have wanted to test drive the new Rhapsody service on TiVo. Well, I have finally had a chance to spend some time playing with the new Rhapsody service, and I have to say that it’s pretty darn good. There are some annoying performance issues like […]

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