The Tokyo Syndrome

Why do the Japanese feel the need to import all the Western culture, something that might be called Tokyo Syndrome, and do we suffer as well from our own type of Tokyo Syndrome as well?

Squeaky Clean

When difficult artists write cleaner music, does it represent a welcome clarification or a huge step backwards?

Bottoms Up

Given the lengthy relationship between music and booze, it’s amazing that there hasn’t been a thoroughly researched book or article on the subject and how it relates to modern composition.

An Ugly Future

Harmonic organization is only a small (and shrinking) part of how most of us hear music now. The presence or absence of a steady pulse, for example, is easily as significant as the presence or absence of a tonic among today’s listeners.

What You Kno’ Bout Me?

Nobody is going to revoke your serious composer membership card just because you can admit to yourself that you like a Kelly Clarkson song.