The Best Songs You Missed (#1)

Most evenings, I post a song on social media — what I call the soundtrack to tonight — and add it to an ongoing playlist covering all genres of music. Here’s the five songs you missed this week. And here is the full ongoing playlist for those following along at home. (I recommend listening on random.)   Since this is the fist edition, we’re gonna throw in … Continue reading The Best Songs You Missed (#1)

Constructive Interference

According to a number of studies (do a search on “music for productivity”), music that is highly engaging, such as songs we enjoy — especially those with a lot of lyrics — are good for repetitive work. This is probably because they stimulate areas of the brain otherwise deadened by rote activity, which can be accomplished largely without “interference” from our higher brain centers. On … Continue reading Constructive Interference

Marvin Gaye’s Music is the Heartbeat of the City

Released May 20th, 1971, Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” is undeniably one of the greatest albums of the 20th Century.  While superficially one long lament, Gaye’s characteristic depth and soul — unmatched on Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) — turn a eulogy for mankind into a call for hope. The album’s theme — the individual struggling to find peace in the face of the corrosive … Continue reading Marvin Gaye’s Music is the Heartbeat of the City