Posts Tagged: Music

Beats from the Basement—Delerium

Album: Karma Artist: Delerium Considering the countless number of festivals worldwide dedicated solely to electronic music, I think it’s safe to say many of us are fans of the genre.  However, after listening to Vancouver-based duo Delerium’s Karma, I feel that current artists generally don’t push the envelope in terms of how audiences can engage… Read more »

In Conversation—with Thor Simonsen

Thor Simonsen is a creative entrepreneur and the mastermind behind Ajungi (AH-YUNG-EE), a collective made up of 19 Nunavut singer-songwriters whose debut album is being released today (November 22).  The idea for the recording project came to Simonsen via his role as Creative Director of Hitmakerz, a record company in Iqaluit that supports the development… Read more »

The Mindful Bard’s 14 Top Mindfulness Songs

If you really want to get into the meditation zone, you need, if not complete silence, then meditation music — ambient, world, classical, jazz, or anything that draws you into your own contemplative space, usually music that’s free of voices or any audio distractions that force you to think or that draw you away from… Read more »

The Mindful Bard Arts Report, August 2019

Only art penetrates what pride, passion, intelligence, and habit erect on all sides – the seeming realities of this world. There is another reality, the genuine one, which we lose sight of. This other reality is always sending us hints, which without art, we can’t receive. – Saul Bellow The Mindful Bard never stops scouting… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—Practice Music like a Pro

Do you want to write music like a grade 2 piano pro?  Or do you want to practice music like a genius? If so, here are my song writing tips followed by practical advice from a musical-master. First, listen to music for beats, lines, repetitions, variance—or a bell at the end of a chorus.  Study… Read more »

In Conversation—with BlissBliss

BlissBliss is the husband-and-wife duo Lang and Renee Bliss, music industry veterans known for a sophisticated, jazzy-pop sound that’s the perfect vehicle for their upbeat, triumphant-sounding lyrics.  The couple manifests a glowing positive energy that’s utterly infectious.  A case in point: A video of one of the songs, “Right Where You Are,” is just the… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—The Finest Art

I was recently sitting in the serene darkness of the Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall, watching and listening to Daniel Raiskin, the WSO’s new music director, conducting Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.  As a first impression, Raiskin seems brilliant, a maestro of the classic Russian style, dramatic, bold, firmly in control of and in sync with… Read more »

In Conversation—with Melina Krumova of Drooble

I would have discovered Drooble sooner or later, via social media or word-of-mouth from musician friends.  I had to; Drooble was exactly the kind of thing we all needed—a free means of collaborating musically with anyone, anywhere, at any time. After writing a song and doing a bare-bones recording of it I can post it… Read more »

Mood Music

Many years ago, I awakened to my alarm playing a sad song on the radio, unkindly reminding me of a certain ex-boyfriend.  At the time, the gloom that came over me was a forecast for the rest of the day—last-minute cancellations, spilled coffee, and more bad memories of the ex.  It got me thinking about… Read more »