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The Passive Consumer vs. the Active Aficionado

The Pas­sive Con­sumer Lis­tens to what­ev­er music is play­ing on radio or stream­ing online Watch­es TV shows when they are aired Watch­es movies just released that every­one is talk­ing about Par­tic­i­pates in trend­ing con­ver­sa­tions on social media Enjoys car­toons, videos, … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Who is an “Artist”?

In our soci­ety, in com­mon par­lance, an “artist” is one who paints, whose “works” are framed and hung on a wall. Which is such a nar­row out­look that I find it detestable. By def­i­n­i­tion, an artist is one who cre­ates … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Sequence

Every­thing in nature fol­lows a sequence. From cater­pil­lar to but­ter­fly, from seed to tree, from stars to black holes. Enter humans and the sequence is bro­ken. In com­mu­ni­ca­tion, in behav­ior, in action. When humans break a nat­ur­al sequence, order turns … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Western Classical vs. Indian Classical Music

[This post is #3 in the West­ern Clas­si­cal Music Series] Relat­ed to the chal­lenges in appre­ci­at­ing WCM for Indi­ans, are the dif­fer­ences between WCM and Indi­an Clas­si­cal Music (ICM). Note that by “Indi­an Clas­si­cal”, I am refer­ring to both Hin­dus­tani … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Classical Music Appreciation: Challenges & Rewards

[This post is #2 in the West­ern Clas­si­cal Music Series] After briefly under­stand­ing what is West­ern Clas­si­cal Music, let us think about some of the chal­lenges involved in appre­ci­at­ing it, and why it’s still worth it. Chal­lenges Com­plex­i­ty & Patience … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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What Is Western Classical Music?

[This post is #1 in the West­ern Clas­si­cal Music Series] For some, West­ern Clas­si­cal Music (WCM) is what plays in the back­ground in ele­va­tors, recep­tion rooms, and lounges. For oth­ers, it is what snob­bish ‘intel­lec­tu­al’ art­sy folks indulge in pre­ten­tious­ly. … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Majida-El-Roumi “Kalimat” (Words)

In the ear­ly 1990’s I was intro­duced to Maji­da El Rou­mi. I call her the “Nightin­gale of the Mid­­dle-East” in def­er­ence to the “Nightin­gale of India”. I present to you her most pop­u­lar and beloved song (which is, unfor­tu­nate­ly, in … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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