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Psychology of Music
Michael

The Music Goes Around

Communication and miscommunication seem to drive every human action. They’re responsible for the slow build of every strong and worthwhile friendship and the skulking, sinister suspicion and hatred that anyone can develop for some “other” who isn’t like them. Miscommunicating

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Eric Church Heart & Soul
Album Reviews
Michael

Album Review – Eric Church’s Heart & Soul

You know why I like Eric Church so much these days? It isn’t just that he’s doesn’t really do that “modern radio country song” that I don’t actually like or think adds value to popular culture. That’s not all it’s

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Album Reviews
Michael

What’s with Led Zeppelin’s Presence?

If you’ve been down in the Led Zeppelin trenches for as long as I have, and you’ve been through the flashy studio stuff and the more garage-rock sound of their precious few live albums (you knew I love live music,

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Psychology of Music
Michael

Top 6 Tom Waits Deep Tracks

The thought of covering any kind of Tom Waits subject on Musical Record has been intimidating to me for as long as I’ve considered it. I know I can dissect any individual song out there, but Waits has remained such

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chardon polka band oh no not again
Album Reviews
Michael

The Chardon Polka Band: 2020 Albums Review

Okay, listen up. It’s time for us all to head to Eastern Europe (and Cleveland, Ohio) as I think about my Slovak and Polish roots and review two wonderful polka albums released at the end of 2020 by the Cleveland-based

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Phish
Michael

How Phish Made Me Love Live Music

I have found that many of my life’s most profound discoveries and other turning points have happened at random, at those times when I wasn’t even looking for something new. Once I catch wind of something I’ve been missing out

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Eric Church Desperate Man
Album Reviews
Michael

Eric Church’s Desperate Man Album Review

It’s almost unbelievable that I am listening to a contemporary country music artist for a blog post. I’ve known about Eric Church for a long time. I first heard of him in 2014, from a friend at the time who

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Paul Simon
Michael

Paul Simon and the Power of Musical Repetition

Have you ever listened to a new piece of music that you’ve heard was “perfect” or an artist’s “masterpiece” and not actually liked it right away? Or, have you ever heard a new work by one of your favorite artists,

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Musical Genres
Michael

Why Do We Like the Music We Like?

If you were preparing to meet a total stranger and wanted a quick rundown on this person–some basic information to help you determine who you were dealing with–you might examine the individual’s occupation, family history, criminal background, and so on.

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