I run a mindfulness group as part of my counseling work, and I've been involved in some way in mindfulness research since 2008. It took some time for the concept to click with me. I knew about atypical mental states from religious studies, and assumed that mindfulness was something like hypnosis or a trance of… Continue reading Mindfulness for Disappointed Musicians
For many Chroma Key and OSI fans all over the world, "Space-Dye Vest" was our first taste of the real Kevin Moore. I say the real Kevin Moore because it's clear (based on interviews, music, and general circumstances surrounding his departure from Dream Theater) that Kevin was not particularly interested in playing prog metal by… Continue reading Space-Dye Vest
One band that I have consistently listened to since I found out about them (probably in 1999 or 2000) is Garmarna. If you haven't heard of them, that's understandable. They are a Swedish band that does (or rather did, since they've kind of been off the grid for about a decade now) traditional Swedish folk… Continue reading Garmarna
This is a question I've always had, since I was a child. I have always thought that if a new song I've written is not sufficiently new or different from a song that's already been written, I shouldn't write it or record it. It doesn't mean my songs aren't derivative sometimes, but it keeps me… Continue reading How many songs can there be?
More sad news from Jerry Gaskill, the solid, amazing drummer from King's X. I previously posted about Jerry's heart attack that took him off the stage for months, though he has recovered. However, Jerry has now lost all his possessions due to the destruction of Hurricane Sandy. There is a fundraiser going on now to… Continue reading Jerry Gaskill Loses Possessions in Hurricane Sandy
A good friend of mine challenged me to create a list of songs that I felt were particularly inspiring. As a long-time lover of both music and opinionated lists I accepted that challenge. Here were the basic stipulations we worked out: They must be inspiring in a spiritual and/or emotional way. I take this in… Continue reading “Arthur’s Most Inspiring Playlist”
Sometimes, the saddest songs are children's songs. I'm just rediscovering that fact. When my wife is at home with my oldest son Gabriel, she sometimes plays a Sesame Street Pandora channel that she created for him. I admit, modern children's songs can be just as grating for me as any other parent, but classic Sesame… Continue reading Somebody Come and Play