Philly street performer Anthony Riley was on the Voice

Check out what happened at I’ve seen him perform in Suburban Station, at Rittenhouse Square (fun fact: he was threatened to be arrested for not having a permit), and out front of Reading Terminal Market. I’m very happy to see him get his chance after a few American Idol auditions that didn’t progress (your loss American Idol).

Explore Space and Time, with Music

Brain Pickings always has something that can light a spark, and this post on Vi Hart folding Space and Time, using a music box and a Möbius Strip is a perfect example.

Dancing with Cinderella

Our family dentist, a father, saw me yesterday for a cavity. Earlier this week he had given my daughter a checkup. I told him about a dance night at her school that I was getting ready for. He suggested dancing to a song which I had never heard. I just listened to it and yeah, I’m sitting here crying while writing this.

So here is the song on YouTube, by Steven Curtis Chapman, “Cinderella”:

David Remnick’s profile of Springsteen at sixty-two a meditation on age and passion

New Yorker: David Remnick: We Are Alive: Bruce Springsteen at sixty-two:

“You are isolated, yet you desire to talk to somebody,” Springsteen said. “You are very disempowered, so you seek impact, recognition that you are alive and that you exist. We hope to send people out of the building we play in with a slightly more enhanced sense of what their options might be, emotionally, maybe communally. You empower them a little bit, they empower you. It’s all a battle against the futility and the existential loneliness! It may be that we are all huddled together around the fire and trying to fight off that sense of the inevitable. That’s what we do for one another.”

Katherine Goldstein “fell in love with a computer nerd and ended up marrying a rock star”

I loved reading Katherine Goldstein’s story at Salon about her marriage to Travis Morrison, and the surprise different world she became part of:

As a kid, I imagined many things for my life. Marrying a rock star was not one of them. I appreciate and enjoy music, but have no passionate or fanatical interest in it. I don’t know any obscure bands and can’t talk knowledgeably about any artist’s “catalog.” I don’t particularly like going to see live music that much—it’s too loud, and I get too tired….

I started dating Travis Morrison, a computer programmer who worked at my company in early 2010. We got to know each other through chatting at the lunch table. We were the only people in our small office who regularly brought in food from home. I had the vaguest recollection that I had heard from a colleague he had been in some kind of famous band, but I didn’t really know the details..

Make sure to read the rest of the story.

There is little in the world that can compare

There is little in the world that can compare to hearing the voice of my daughter and wife in the next room singing some Taylor Swift while blowing hair dry.

Non-Metal Iron Maiden Covers

YouTube: naddani: Wasted Years (Iron Maiden) – Acoustic cover:

YouTube: Thomas Zwijsen: Classical/Acoustic: Iron Maiden acoustic – Wasted Years:

YouTube: JonathanHarpa: Iron Maiden in harp and guitar – Hallowed be thy name:

YouTube: vkgoeswild: Iron Maiden – Run To The Hills – piano cover:

YouTube: WonkyFonk: Iron Maiden – Hallowed Be Thy Name (acoustic):

YouTube: ThomasZwijsen2007: Bruce Dickinson – Tears Of The Dragon (Acoustic):

YouTube: Jcronk: Folkified Hallowed Be Thy Name:

YouTube: hampusvh2: Iron Maiden – The Trooper (Piano):


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Learn To Play Any Song By Ear

Well, not every song, but the technique described in in this reddit comment match those I use to figure out how to play along to almost any pop or rock song.

“Practice What You Love”

DeftDigits, a blog on learning guitar, has some great advice for initially picking up some basics: “Practice What You Love | Deft Digits Guitar Lessons”