October 30, 2020
Productive Musicking

You Can’t Save Time – You Can Spend Time Right

This is an idea I’ve encoutered while watching YouTube and really liked it, because it can very well relate to music and the broad benefits of musicking.  Don’t know about you, but not always I am happy about my own productivity. As internet is full of […]
September 30, 2020

Is The Music Melody Dead?

I keep chuckle on the following picture.  Let’s imagine there is this situation in the future – some 70 years from now: a music therapist meets with a new client, who is an old lady with dementia. She doesn’t know much about the world around her, […]
August 31, 2020

11,000 Complaining Composers or – A Storm In A Teacup

What happens when 11,000 (yes, eleven thousands!) music composers participate in a competition to write a music score for a scene from the HBO’s sci-fi series Westworld. When in May 2020 the successful producer of audio libraries Spitfire Audio announced a music composing competition, I am […]
July 7, 2020

Ennio Morricone 10/11/1928 – 6/7/2020

Yesterday was a beautiful, hot summer day. Normally, the media would suffer from a summer slow-down, trying to pick anything to fill the time. Not this year though. In spite of the deluge of the negative corona virus related news, one other sad message toppled them […]
June 17, 2020

Make Music Day 2020

June 21st  has a special meaning in the human history for thousands years. People used to gather and celebrate the longest day of a year and the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. To strengthen the importance of this particular day, various other celebrations and […]
May 31, 2020

BBC Symphony Orchestra For Every Family!

As I had been researching information for my previous blogpost about bedroom orchestrators, I couldn’t avoid watching videos from Christian Henson. He is an award-winning film composer and one of the founders of Spitfire Audio – the company behind one of the most popular orchestral libraries […]
April 30, 2020

How Orchestral Samples Trigger Endless Tension in the Epic Music

What could be the opposite from the very basic music making, that Musicably promotes? I don’t mean an absolute professional music virtuoso, although that would be one of the possibilities. But if we want to stay in the non-professional area. What would be the opposite to […]
March 31, 2020

Musicking In The Time Of Pandemic

I am sitting at home, locked down with my family, like hundreds millions people all over the world. Raging pandemic is destroying lives and inflicting serious injuries on the most of the world’s societies and economies. In this situation one of the best tools helping suffering […]
February 29, 2020

Opening ‘Scissors’ of the Music World

I mean ‘scissors’ between music ‘makes and make-nots’ (like wealthy haves and have-nots). Because that’s what is happening and it doesn’t help almost anyone, except for the tiniest group of 0.01% on the top of the music industry.  Is this political? Sure it is! At least […]
January 16, 2020

My Top 12 Albums Of The Decade

With the change of a decade, all the media got flooded with charts and evaluations of the past decade. That has inspired me to look at music of the last ten years and choose albums, that I liked the most. The music on these albums has […]
December 22, 2019

Don’t Let Music Become Disposable!

The moment after Americans finished their Thanksgiving dinner and stormed stores for the Black Friday shopping spree, the atmosphere has changed for the next big seasonal holidays – Christmas. As it is every year, with changes in shop-windows, came also a new seasonal music repertoire for […]
November 28, 2019

How Music Can Make You Better – book review

The title of this book says it all. I have spent countless hours researching and pouring through the online data to figure out the answer to this question. Now the author Indre Viskontas put it succintly in her little book titled How Music Can Make You […]
October 30, 2019
workshop flyer

Music Practice for Social Integration

A while ago my interest caught an email — an invitation to a workshop. Organized by the BRAMS –  International Laboratory for BRAin, Music and Sound Research, what is a unique centre dedicated to research excellence, located in Montreal and jointly affiliated with the University of […]
September 30, 2019

Making Music For Life – review

After a handful of books I have reviewed recently, I had decided to focus on different topics in my writings, at least for a while. But then I discovered this new book from Gayla M. Mills and I couldn’t resist. It is as much to the […]
August 28, 2019

When Listening Comes Alive – review

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. Best Apps of 2018 according […]
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 […]