Category Archives: Music

Music Train

The release of a new Bruce Springsteen album always inspires me to reflect on my musical background and the rich local musical heritage of my hometown. I grew up about ten minutes from Bruce Springsteen’s hometown of Freehold, the town of “My Hometown.” My hometown was also about twenty minutes from Bon Jovi’s hometown. Therefore, […]

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Thinking Like Musicals in Literature

As I wrote in my earlier bio, I often think in musical ideas for my books and imagine how they would transfer to the stage. Supertramp’s “Goodbye Stranger” captures a scene in my book “How to Build An Impossible Bottle” almost exactly as how I would dramatize it on stage. What can also be learned […]

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Ready? Music & Diversity Sensitivity

Mortgage lending influences segregation as described in Ken Burns’ documentary “New York.” Scholars are now exploring this in light of the recent mortgage credit boom, but this practice has a long legacy. My small town where I grew up in the 1980′s was segregated, but music was a way we could bypass this legacy of […]

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Harnessing the power of YouTube

The internet offers many tools for communicating your ideas effectively. One of the leading tools available is YouTube.  YouTube offers one of the most effective video editing tools with free music and clips. In trying to communicate the essence of your idea, expensive video editing is troubling for indie designers. However, YouTube’s video editor is […]

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