Allan Pettersson’s Symphony 6

Allan Pettersson's Symphony 6 is my favorite piece of orchestral music. It received international acclaim when it premiered in 1967, along with his Symphony 7 in 1968. YouTube Links: Allan…

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Musescore

Musescore is a free, open-source music editor. It’s available as a free download from several reputable websites, as well as at musescore.org. With Musescore, it’s easy to write music in…

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Keeping the Lights On in Texas

In June 2012, I wrote an article for NBIZ Magazine where I described Texas' "Energy-only" power market structure, quoted industry officials explaining their business model, and warned of failures like…

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Gene Taylor’s Sacrifice

From Wikipedia: [[ Gene Taylor (July 2, 1952 – February 20, 2021) was an American musician. Taylor began his musical training as a drummer at age eight but two years…

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Scheherazade Done Right

Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade - San Francisco Symphony Orchestra 1942, Pierre Monteux conducting. Originally released by RCA Red Seal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e7C4DugjyI

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Did the Beatles Know Theory?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmjRM3AziTY One of the first points the narrator makes is that the Beatles didn't read or write sheet music. The sheet music of their songs that you buy was all…

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Not All Kids’ Music is Lame

Blitzen's Boogie is a great introduction to blues, jazz and big band tonalities for kids. Just in time for the holidays. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KbG1NEpKZw For non-classical musicians, the best predictor of whether…

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