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 research 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 […]
September 7, 2017

How the Fourth Industrial Revolution will Change Music

A handful of interesting articles inspired me to give some thought to the future of music and musicking. The first was a video The Fourth Industrial Revolution published by the World Economic Forum. A number of scientists, academics and other professionals are talking there about the […]
August 25, 2017

Mukbang or “Eat” Your Way To Celebrity 2

The Internet has again proven, that even the wildest and the most bizarre ideas can find interested and responsive audience. When I was writing my blog post “Eat” Your Way to Celebrity a couple months back, I thought that the example of watching a TV show […]
August 17, 2017

Let The Elephants Run – book on creativity by David Usher

While visiting our local public library recently, I encountered a small exhibit of books about creativity. Obviously that caught my attention. Among typical ‘suspects’ like Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way […]
August 11, 2017

Alegria Moments – My Ever Lasting Music Loves

In the recent blog post I was writing about my falling in love with a song. My very recent experience. Obviously there are more songs and compositions, that have had a crucial impact on my musical taste, even on my life. So I have used this […]
August 2, 2017

What Elon Musk would like

“I suppose I’d like to play a musical instrument, that’d be cool.” Elon Musk, currently one of the most successful entrepreneurs, in response to the German journalists’ question about what talent he would like to have. (Watch his response at 12:51min)  
August 1, 2017

When You Fall In Love With A Song

A couple days ago my 8 years old daughter brought home a printed sheet with lyrics. It was a new song she sings in the school choir. She asked me to find and play it on the YouTube. Only a couple seconds into listening the song […]
July 25, 2017

The Power Of Music Lights Up Those Old Loving Eyes

Last evening we returned back from Europe. I wanted my children to see where I came from and to experience their grandmother, aunts and uncles. After years this was one of the best trips we have made. But also a sad trip. My mama Olga is […]
July 16, 2017

Dare To Play A Serenade For Your Love

In this time and age hardly someone expects you to go and play a favourite song under the window of your dream girl. Even less, to play a song or a music you composed yourself. Such a serenade could get you into a jail instead of […]
July 6, 2017

Protect Your Sanity With Music And Avoid The News

You may remember those times, when music and movie stars were the only celebrities you could encounter in the news. Yes, it was a while ago. At that time I was working as a music journalist and always got surprised by the amount of people interested […]
June 30, 2017

If Multitasking, You Do It Like Musicians.

If multitasking capability really exists, musicians must be the best multitaskers. Take, for example, the organ player in the Finale of the Symphony No. 3 from the French composer Camille Saint-Saens. He uses all his four limbs to play music on five keyboards – at the […]