Dance, Dance Evolution: Why we move

Why do humans dance? What possesses our species to gather in groups and flail around in time to a beat? The phenomenon appears in every culture, in every time and place. Even babies are predisposed to bounce to a good beat. It may seem, at first glance, to be one of those things extraneous to our survival–one of those things outside of our core evolutionary … Continue reading Dance, Dance Evolution: Why we move

“To Fall Down at Your Door”: Love Without Expectations

I have recently become obsessed with the song “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”, by The Proclaimers. The first time I noticed it was while watching How I Met Your Mother. At first, I found it annoying. The voices are unpolished, the chorus is repetitive, and musically there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot going on. Years went by without the song really being on … Continue reading “To Fall Down at Your Door”: Love Without Expectations

The Phantom of the Oooooperaaaaa: A Reflection on my inability to appropriately assess musical theater

I feel as though I begin a lot of these posts with a reference to my childhood and here is yet another: the first time I saw Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera was also the first time I had ever heard of it — after the cinematic adaptation, starring Gerard Butler as the phantom, had been released on DVD and we watched it as … Continue reading The Phantom of the Oooooperaaaaa: A Reflection on my inability to appropriately assess musical theater

Live Music: If it’s Out of Your Comfort Zone, it’s For Good Reason

I’ve been going to gigs since I was about fifteen. Back then, it was My Chemical Romance and Placebo, these days I prefer a smaller crowd. It’s not necessarily a conscious thing, but as I’ve grown older, my love of acoustic guitar and literary inclinations have culminated in an appreciation of folk music and a good, heady, sing-song. As my tastes have changed, so too … Continue reading Live Music: If it’s Out of Your Comfort Zone, it’s For Good Reason