“13 Witches” celebrates the divine power of female energy

13 Witches album coverMysterious, magical, healing, seductive, dangerous, sacred, strange, wonderful… My new album 13 Witches portrays various characteristics of famous witches from history and legend.

Goddesses and sorceresses from the ancient world provide a grounding for some tracks. “Isis” conjures the ritualistic feel of ancient Egypt. “Circe” gives us the laid-back vibe of the island enchantress from The Odyssey. The meditative sounds of “Hecate” evoke the stillness of night, befitting the Greek goddess who presided over magic and the moon. Continue reading →

Novels with original music, and other artistic pairings

One of the novels with original musicI am fascinated by creative works that link two or more types of art. Most often the pairing involves fiction and actual music, but other combinations occur as well, including non-fiction, art, and film. I am not referring to books turned into movies, or vice-versa, but rather distinct artistic works created explicitly to complement one another. Sometimes the works are free-standing (perhaps even created at different times), but sometimes they are packaged together. Not many examples exist, but the past decade has seen a growing interest in such efforts. I was an early innovator who pioneered such pairings with my book and album Song of Fire. Let’s take a look at all the examples I have been able to find. Continue reading →

Musical perception in 2022: Is music dead?

Musical perception: Is music dead?Music expert Rick Beato recently posted a video, “Why Gen Z Doesn’t Care About Music,” offering his opinion on young people’s relative disinterest in music compared to previous generations. He cautions that his view is a generalization. Many young people still care about music, of course. But he cites a preoccupation with video games as the main culprit in the demise of musical perception. With its focus on visuals and its addictive quality, he believes it leaves little room for other pursuits. He formed this opinion after talking to plenty of Gen Z youth and observing their habits. I don’t know whether this is accurate or not, but I do know there has been a qualitative shift. The most interesting facet is the comments that viewers have posted. Continue reading →