Author Archives: Joelle Zigman

Show Your Pride and Fight?

By Joelle Zigman
You say that my being a music major is cool, but you’re going to help people and make a real, concrete difference in the world somehow, whereas I’m going to lock myself up with a piano and feed my gluttonously selfish desire to create art.

Hip-hop, You Saved Me

By Joelle Zigman
If you sit down and transcribe the rhythms of your favorite hip-hop songs, generally you’ll end up bored and disillusioned; what sounds cool is never half as cool on paper.

Glee

By Joelle Zigman
In this competitive world of new music, sometimes the naivety of an upstart musician is refreshing.

Debunking the Magic Discovery Myth

By Joelle Zigman
Out of all the ridiculous things that happen on teen dramas, this bothers me the most: the “discovery” myth, that one day your garage band, or you-and-your-guitar will “make it big” because some kind record producer in the audience is going to be looking for fresh talent to sign.

Radio, Radio

By Joelle Zigman
What would you do if you had your own broadcast series of orchestra concerts?

Year of the Woman

By Joelle Zigman
I’m trying to draw connections between what seemingly different female musical artists from the early 1990s were saying, regardless of their music style and genre.

A Vocabulary Lesson from my New Friend Theo

By Joelle Zigman
Upon first read, I was slightly annoyed by Walter Benjamin’s “Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” and Theodor Adorno’s “On the Fetish-Character in Music and the Regression of Listening” since it seemed like both essays were taking fairly simple concepts and using extremely verbose language to tell you things any composer could’ve told you.

Model Status

By Joelle Zigman
There should be more of a cultural awareness about the intrinsic educational quality of celebrity.

To Go or Not To Go

By Joelle Zigman
What I’ve learned in conservatory classrooms is just as relevant as what I’ve learned at the Village Vanguard, or various popular music venues.