The Keys to Studio Success

I’ll be sitting there either by myself or with one or two other people, with an artist, and all of a sudden I’m hearing them sing or play and I can sense the honesty in whatever they’re trying to do in that moment in time, and I go, ‘Wow! That’s real!’ That’s what I’m trying to get. I’m trying to get that realness. ~Christian Cummings Continue reading The Keys to Studio Success

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Manouba, Tunisia: A Palace, an Escape Route, and a Women’s Prison

“Now is the time for the country to shake off the destructive forces within itself and to live in the freedom and security that Tunisians both desire and deserve, a new peace not presided over by autocrats, army, or police, but one managed by the voluntary cooperation of a free people.” Continue reading Manouba, Tunisia: A Palace, an Escape Route, and a Women’s Prison

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Interview with Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone

“When you’re first starting to discover music, it’s all so new and so mysterious that you don’t really know what pieces make the whole. I started taking piano lessons, and then I started playing the guitar when I was around 14. My parents knew The Beatles’ music, and would get excited when I’d play it for them. I’d also play Indian music for them.” ~Rishi Dhir Continue reading Interview with Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone

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Speculating on the Dystopian Aftermath of an Overly Sexualised Culture

The Lobster Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos Written by: Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou Reviewed by Wanda Waterman “Humankind struggles with collective powers for its freedom, the individual struggles with dehumanization for the possession of his soul.” ~Saul Bellow   Have … Continue reading Speculating on the Dystopian Aftermath of an Overly Sexualised Culture

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An Open Letter to Russell Brand: It’s Like They’ve Locked the School Librarian in a Closet and Are Burning All the Books While Laughing Like Demons in the Firelight

“We thank you, we really do, for trying to help us find meaning in our latest calamity. You may be right, but here on the ground it doesn’t feel like liberalism has failed us. It feels more like the bullies have taken over the school.” Continue reading An Open Letter to Russell Brand: It’s Like They’ve Locked the School Librarian in a Closet and Are Burning All the Books While Laughing Like Demons in the Firelight

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Marco Benevento

“There is so much you can learn as a kid, and then when you actually hear someone do what you are learning something clicks, and you think, Oh, it’s that easy, or, it’s more conceptual than technical. I had a great conducting teacher in school say that it’s all concept. He said that you can have all the technique you want, but without concept, you’re screwed.”

~Marco Benevento Continue reading Marco Benevento

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Song as Radiograph: The Rachid Taha Interview

“Since I started making music I’ve worked with some very interesting people, some in the field of techno-progressive music listening, and at the same time I’ve been listening to Arab singers like Oum Kalthoum. I’ve also listened to a lot of intellectuals, writers, and painters, who’ve enriched me by helping me evolve. This is my wealth.” ~Rachid Taha Continue reading Song as Radiograph: The Rachid Taha Interview

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The Kiran Ahluwalia Interview

“I believe that we’re connected. We can’t ignore something horrible that’s happening to a group of people without having it come back to affect us negatively. Even though I’m a Sikh, I agree with a lot of the Buddhist philosophy says. What really touches me in the Buddhist philosophy is that ‘Life is suffering,’ which I agree with. I am a pessimist. I also agree with ‘There is a way out of suffering.’ ” Continue reading The Kiran Ahluwalia Interview

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Yasmina Khadra: Le Discernement!

Qu’est-ce qui peut prévenir l’extrémisme dans une famille, une communauté ou une société? Quel est l’antidote?

Le discernement! C’est l’unique antidote. Le DISCERNEMENT. Et pour qu’il y ait discernement, il faudrait une vigilance intellectuelle, une ouverture sur la culture de l’autre, une transcendance saine et persévérante.

~Yasmina Khadra Continue reading Yasmina Khadra: Le Discernement!