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Musing on Music: Historic battle and silly prattle

Bret Belden April 25, 2016

“The Battle of New Orleans” is a song about a historic battle during the War of 1812, the first war after the American Revolution, where the founders of our nation were able to stand their ground and...

Musing on Music: Problematic pronunciation

Bret Belden April 21, 2016

Isn’t it funny how we each assume that our own way of speaking, particularly when it comes to pronunciation, is the one true “right” way? In fact, as Americans we love British accents because they...

Musing on Music: Everything Changes

Bret Belden April 10, 2016

Is there one project that you haven’t even started, due on the same day as your huge exam in that other class and you’re super stressed out trying to figure out how to get it all done, on time, and...

Proclaimers’ palpable patriotism

Bret Belden February 22, 2016

History is always relevant, even though it may not seem so. It’s true that studying history can be a boring subject for many people. But, as the saying goes, ‘Those who do not learn history are doomed...

Rock On: Keep cool, change is OK

December 8, 2015

By Gabrielle Lamontagne  It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” by Billy Joel was a hit in 1980, written as a reaction to punk, funk, and new wave music of the late 70s and was inspired by a magazine article...

Do what you love

December 8, 2015

By Gabrielle Lamontagne Who doesn’t like to party? No one I know. Of course, everyone’s definition of a party is different, but the concept is the same: upbeat music, good friends, laughter and fun....

Billboard and pop

December 7, 2015

By Gabrielle Lamontagne  As far as I know, not much has changed for how young adults have spent their summers since 1958, when Eddie Cochran’s popular hit “Summertime Blues” was first ranked #74...

Not all who wander…

December 1, 2015

This is supposed to be the best time of our lives. Old and “wise” people will say it’s because we’re young, but I don’t think that’s it. I think it’s because we are still exploring and discovering...

Making some noise for yourself

October 8, 2015

By Gabrielle Lamontagne Sometimes it can feel easier to avoid confrontation, especially for those of us who are prone to anxiety. However, that is not a good way to go through life because people will...

You’re aging well

September 24, 2015

Every now and again, people get to feeling overwhelmed. Whether it’s a mid-life crisis, ADHD-related, or just a student in the throes of amped-up college life and swamps of homework, we all experience...

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