Music Appreciation: Back to the Basics

Do you remember taking Music Appreciation in school? Many of us started learning about music as early as our pre-school years, when we learned about simple instruments – a drum, a triangle and maracas. I can remember in grammar school, my music teacher would have us listen to Peter and the Wolf, encouraging us to…

Does Language Matter?

This afternoon, I was listening to Cassandra Wilson‘s “Waters of March,” which is an English cover of Antonio Carlos Jobim & Elis Regina‘s  Portuguese duet “Águas De Março.” I thought Ms. Wilson’s rendition had a nice jazzy flow to it, but I am usually partial to original works, and am very critical of most covers. That’s…

Welcome to Liner Notes Lounge!

The Lounge is a place where music is explored and celebrated. Look for music spotlights, and more audio conversations with independent artists. I have decided to splinter off the Music Notes section of my first blog, This and That With Calandra and create a site dedicated solely to music, one of my many passions. Here’s the menu: Liner…

Support Independent Music

Being a lifelong music lover, I must admit that I never thought much about independent music and independent artists until the past year or so. In my mind, I always defined indie music as a genre of “alternative” or “non-mainstream” music. I thought of indie artists as folks who sold their music out of the…