Music & Philosophy

Content related to the impact music has on philosophy.

Do We Take Music Too Seriously?

Preface: I write based on inspiration and today this is what I was inspired to write. I know I've talked about these topics before, so hopefully this isn't too much of a rehash and if it is, I hope it is at least a little entertaining. I thought going a little more in depth about some of these ideas (read: take another crack at ranting about it), would be interesting... Enjoy.

The Dividing of the Pumpkins Fans, Part 4: Thoughts On the Role of the Artist, and the Artist/Fan Relationship

This is part 4 of a 4 part piece I am writing, inspired by a pair of Smashing Pumpkins concerts and a DVD documentary. As you may or may not know, I am a big Smashing Pumpkins fan, I always appreciate their work. I feel the need to preface this piece by saying that as it will give you an insight into the context of my commentary.

Do I Have to Get it to Like it: Thoughts on Progressive Rock

Certain genres continue to be my favorites years after years, one of which is progressive rock. Sure, there are plenty of others too and my tastes are forever evolving, but for some reason I'm very drawn to progressive, experimental and more "adventurous" (a horrible term to use) forms of rock and roll... probably because of my "pretentious-art-major" background. That's not a knock against any other genres at all, it's just part of my personal tastes. Recently I've been listening to a lot of progressive bands...

The Power of a Song

I've read a lot of material over the years about subliminal messages mind control and who knows what else in rock and roll songs and never really gave it a second thought. Recently though, I've been reading a lot about brainwave patterns and sound being used to induce various mental states. Again, I'm not really betting the farm on this being true, but it did raise some interesting questions in my mind about music. Not necessarily are there subliminal sounds in our music altering out brain activity, but more so does a song have an effect on us beyond it's subject content.

The State of Rock and Roll in the Music Industry

I can't really remember a time without rock and roll. Growing up in the late 80s and early 90s, I was part of the alternative era, long after rock and roll was born, and when some would claim, it began to die. That seems to be a general consensus with many of the people I talk to about music, or who's music related articles I read... that Rock and Roll is either dead or dying.

Expanding Upon the Live Show, and Why it Needs to be Live

Lets say that you're at the Grand Canyon and you take a picture, just a quick snapshot to bring home. When you show that snapshot to someone else, they can look at it and get an idea of what it is like to be there at the Grand Canyon, but they can never truly know what it was like to be there, and even if they were to go, it would be different every time because the world is an ever evolving place.

Loose, Rough, Raw or Self Indulgent and Excessive: The Style of Led Zeppelin Live and the Connection to Punk Rock

Some people are just born in the wrong eras I guess. I think I'm one of these people, as I was born a few years after Led Zeppelin disbanded and was still far to young to go to the reunion tour so never got to see Led Zeppelin in their element: live on stage. The release of modern CD sets and DVDs has given those of us who were not lucky enough to see the band in concert a glimpse at what made this band huge.

Is Analyzing a Subjective Media like Music Futile?

As someone who could easily sit down and talk about popular music throughout the ages for days if not weeks continuously without missing a beat, I don't really have any problems analyzing music. Every day or so through the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll I attempt, sometimes quite unsuccessfully, to capture a little snippet of what certain songs, bands, albums or styles make me feel and what they mean to me, so being able to analyze music comes in handy.

Is analyzing music and trying to explain music to someone else a futile effort though?

Guitarist Series: The Quest for the Perfect Tone

As I've mentioned in some of my previous guitar related articles, there are so many options to new guitarists that it can almost be overwhelming. Guitars are a multi million dollar industry, with more gear available than probably anyone can ever use, sort through or purchase. Yet, us crazy guitarists keep looking for that perfect sound, guitar, setup, gear etc, to create our perfect tone and this is our "the Quest for the Perfect Tone" and for each guitarist it is unique.

There is No Dark Side of the Moon, in Fact it is All Dark: Philosophy the Dark Side of the Moon from Pink Floyd

I have lots of albums in my music collection and they all are there for a reason, but there are a few albums that reach beyond the others. These special albums instantly evoke the same emotions every time I listen to them. Some have a certain time period associated with them and by listening to them I can instantly recall that time when they first influenced me.

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