August 28, 2019

When Listening Comes Alive

A Guide to Effective Learning and Communication by Paul Madaule This is a book I have discovered by a pure accident, while reading unrelated articles in my online news aggregator app. And I am very happy for this discovery.  It should be logical, that if my […]
July 24, 2019

How Deadly Can Criticism Be?

Reading The Art of Mindful Singing (my recent review is here), I came to the part of the book, where the author analyses why many people stop or refuse singing in front of others. Television hasn’t helped in that either, by producing endless singing competitions with […]
June 28, 2019

The Art of Mindful Singing – book review

The Art of Mindful Singing is a sort of a book that I have been looking for for quite a while. There have been books written about mindfulness and music. I have previewed recently one called In Tune. And there is another one – Mindfulness in […]
May 31, 2019

Make Music!: A Kid’s Guide to Creating Rhythm, Playing with Sound, Conducting and Composing Music

Making music has become now almost like a technology driven science. Even kids learning music are often forced to go through demanding practice schedules on professional quality musical instruments. One component of the music making experience has been heavily pushed to the back – and almost […]
April 30, 2019

In Tune: Music as the Bridge to Mindfulness – book review

There has been a growing number of books published recently, combining two of my most prefered topics – music and mindfulness. One such book has been out just for a couple weeks. Thanks to the website NetGalley I had a chance to read it and to […]
March 31, 2019

Is technology taking over in the mental well-being?

Looking at the best apps of 2018 according to Apple and also on growing trends at the CES 2019 in Las Vegas, it looks that the response to the question in the title is a clear YES. Let’s have a look. TBC
February 26, 2019

Mark Hollis 1955 – 2019

Today I opened the news app in the morning and immediately got saddened by the announcement, that Mark Hollis, the lead singer of the music band Talk Talk has died on February 25, 2019. I am still surprised how this sad new has impacted me. Pure […]
February 1, 2019

Winter you cannot learn

Yesterday we got overwhelmed by snow. It was a real winter snow-storm, this time called the Alberta Clipper. All the media was full of warnings about the upcomming calamity and the best solution was supposedly to stay inside. To stay put! Not to move! For me, […]
December 31, 2018

My 2018 Year-End Music Discovery

As the year 2018 is nearing to its final day, the media is full of endless ‘the best of’ charts in any imaginable cathegory. My interest got cought yesterday by the Robin Denselow’s article in The Guardian titled Music without borders: 2018’s 10 best world albums. […]
November 30, 2018

Had AI Helped Mumford & Sons With the Last Album?

It has been many years since I wrote my last music album review – or any music review, in fact. But the group Mumford & Sons hold a special place in my “music heart”. Therefore while listening to their recently released album Delta, I couldn’t resist […]
October 31, 2018

Igniting the business by a bootcamp

In the last few months I have been working on plans for expanding Musicably’s presence online. My intention is to start building a community of people who want to start making music mindfully. I have been researching a number of various possible ways how to approach […]
September 30, 2018

How Pink Floyd constructed their music

Today I found an interesting article How Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” Was Born From an Argument Between Roger Waters & David Gilmour at the Open Culture website, describing how members of the Pink Floyd band worked together, when literally ‘constructing’ one of their most famous songs. […]
August 31, 2018

August Is Like The Sunday Of Summer

It’s almost over …
July 31, 2018

Make Music Day Markham 2018 – Organizer’s Retrospective

It is a more than a month since the Make Music Day happened on June 21st. And I have finally time for the retrospective. Following is a summary of what happened here in Markham where with the help of few friends I had organized a one […]
June 6, 2018
“No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious & charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country
May 31, 2018

Why I Got Into Organizing Make Music Day

It happened like many other things in life – by a serendipity. As I was glancing through my Twitter feed the following grabbed my eyes – Make Music Day celebration. Not ‘listen’, ‘play’, or ‘entertain’ – but MAKE music. That is exactly what the philosophy of […]
May 7, 2018

Join us at Make Music Day Markham 2018

Held annually on June 21 to coincide with the summer solstice, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in more than 800 cities across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to […]
April 24, 2018

How Music Can Help You Wake Up In The Morning

I am sure you know that feeling. Your alarm clock or a ‘body clock’ (if your circadian rhythm functions well) goes off in the morning. You jump out of the bed well rested and ready for another day. Or you decide to snooze a little, tired […]
March 28, 2018

6 mindful musicking habits that if you learn will benefit you forever

Inspiration for this post came from the Lachlan Brown’s article on his blog HackSpirit.com. The original article’s title is ‘6 mindful habits that are hard to learn but will benefit you forever’, which I have slightly altered for the purpose of my writing. Lachlan Brown starts […]
February 27, 2018

When Music Stops Working – Even Scares You

A great winter weekend was about to finish. With my family we spent a great time with our kids, celebrated a friend’s birthday party in a fantastic Brazilian dance bar, and went cross-country skiing every day. So on the Sunday evening I was happy and quite […]
January 26, 2018

How Classical Music Fetishism Is Killing The Music

It is a gorgeous winter day here in Toronto, Canada. Snow is peacefully falling down and everything is still white. Until snowplows and salt will change roads into a gray mess. I just returned from my long walk in the nearby park as I couldn’t resist […]
December 24, 2017

Why Music Has Been ‘Functional’ Since Forewer

​ Music has been researched and dissected lastly from every possible angle. One such activity is The Sync Project, which is an extremely interesting and promising endeavor. A team of researchers, advisers and investors collaborate towards one goal – ‘Developing music as a precision medicine’. Among […]
December 5, 2017

Women Are Changing Popular Music

Last Thursday (November 30) I got a notification about an upcoming event – the Billboard Women In Music 2017. It was to be live streamed on Twitter from The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center. Usually I don’t like such events as they are […]
November 10, 2017

How GarageBand Can Help You Be More Mindful

It was about five years ago. A member of my wider family, a young man and a freshly minted father came to me with challenging questions. Could I critique his new music compositions and possibly give him some advice? This young man (let’s call him Brian) […]
October 30, 2017

What Music Technology Wants To Do In Your Head

Here is a vivid memory from my childhood. My Grandpa has constructed a container similar to a large aquarium. It will be used as an incubator for chicken. After a couple deadly attempts (for unfortunate chicks), the grandpa found a correct low-power light bulb encased in […]
October 16, 2017

Start Your Mindful Musical Meditation With ‘Fujara’

I have been writing about mindful music making with Musicably.com for quite a while. Throughout this time I have been working and preparing the other side of the business idea – the active music making, or musicking. What I want to do is to have people […]
October 6, 2017

Don’t Ask Me Why I Play Music. Ask Yourself Why You Don’t.

While browsing Facebook yesterday I found an interesting quote, the title of this post “Don’t ask me why I play music. Ask yourself why you don’t”. I liked its message, so I checked comments below it. And few surprised me. The following one summarizes some readers’ […]
September 29, 2017

The Music Expo Exposed Upcoming Change

Last weekend I attended the Music Expo in the nearby city of Mississauga. Advertised as ‘Connecting & Inspiring Music Lovers in the GTA’ – the Greater Toronto Area, where I live. I expected this to be and event on a rather larger scale. The reality proved […]
September 22, 2017

How Not To Chew Your Ears As A Music Parent

Listening to music can be sometimes extremely frustrating – almost painful. Especially if that music is produced by a budding musician right in your house, a.k.a. your child. Here is the story. Last week I had experienced one of the most excruciating music lessons in memory. […]
September 15, 2017

Hearing Music Is Not Listening – But Musicking Is The Best

Many people try to use listening music to help them work better, to rise a ‘sound wall’ protecting from the outside world, or to boost creativity. For me it doesn’t make sense. In a similar way as it would be to offer the great 19’s century […]