Jun 222014
 
On Casey Kasem, busting bedtimes and cello lessons

New music, like new acquaintances, sometimes requires an introduction from a mutual friend. For a middle-schooler seeking her musical identity as a teenager, that person was Casey Kasem. In the late 1990s, armed with a sleek Walkman and the determination to become a popular music expert, that middle-schooler was me. I’ll admit my motivations for listening to the Top 40 weren’t purely to develop my burgeoning musical palette. Up to this point, the girls’ gym locker room court had convicted me on a few counts of missing sports practices that conflicted with my cello lessons (even though my family had [ … ]

Apr 022014
 
Vinyl: Millennials' new Thing

A few years ago, when I heard the strains of an old Beatles record seeping through the apartment wall I shared with my neighbor, I didn’t think much of it. Sure, she had gotten a record player and was gushing about snapping up cheap LPs at music stores around town. Good for her, I thought. Cool hobby. Little did I realize that late-night talk show hosts would soon be wielding more vinyl covers to introduce bands on their shows. Or that statistics would show record sales rising like that bread dough I put too much yeast in one Christmas. (More [ … ]

Jan 282013
 
12 musings (No. 3) — Taking online music lessons

This post, third in the “12 musings from 2012” series, continues my list of music-related ideas, movements and trends that had deep roots in 2012 and potential for 2013. As I wrote in the introduction, I’m only offering up six such musings and asking you, fine readers, to contribute your input for the other half-dozen. 3) Taking online music lessons When I was two years old, I met a cello. Mom and Dad were trying to find an engaging, educational activity for their loquacious, curious kid, and music lessons presented a possible solution. I stood in the spacious brick, banana-colored [ … ]

Jan 092013
 
12 musings (No. 2) — MOOCs: New education for yutes?*

This post, second in the “12 musings from 2012” series, continues my list of music-related ideas, movements and trends that had deep roots in 2012 and potential for 2013. As I wrote in the introduction, I’m only offering up six such musings and asking you, fine readers, to contribute your input for the other half-dozen. 2) MOOCs: New education for yutes?* *Yutes, as defined in the movie My Cousin Vinny (1992): Vinny Gambini: It is possible that the two yutes … Judge Chamberlain Haller: … Ah, the two what? Uh … uh, what was that word? Gambini: Uh … what [ … ]

Jan 012013
 
12 musings from 2012

Let’s start with the obvious. The year 2012 has ended, and that warrants a look back and tidy best-of list. Which nuggets of nostalgia deserve a hat-tip from Old Man Posterity? The newspaper’s sports section, nightly newscasts and a smattering of bloggers and other online personalities already have that covered. Some finalists with a political, business and technological bent include the seemingly never-ending presidential campaign; the bankruptcy of Hostess and subsequent death (for now) of my guilty pleasure, mini chocolate doughnut gems; Facebook’s sizzle-less IPO; and the long-awaited iPad mini. So it is in this spirit that I offer my [ … ]

May 172012
 

The following post is Part II of the two-part series, “Where the musical staff and gridiron meet.” The series discusses how the San Francisco 49ers’ music choice during team workouts and games in the 2011 season might have contributed to their 14-4 overall record and playoff run that ended just short of the Super Bowl. Associated Press reporter Janie McCauley’s article, which covers how a variety of player-requested tunes and other music enlivened workout sessions, provides a stimulus for discourse about the sports-music synergy. Part I offers an introduction to the topic and deals with the physiological aspect of music’s [ … ]