Behind and Beyond the music 2015 edition: Stories, features, interviews, guests posts from 2015.

Friends and random acquaintances routinely ask me, “Why do you listen to kids’ music?” I’ve asked myself the same question many times. In poking through my Top 20 albums of 2015, an answer snuck up on me: the joy of music discovery. To be presented with and to explore new music is exhilarating – like discovering […]

“What He Wrote” a song about Thomas Jefferson in honor of Independence Day by Jonathan Sprout

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – Thomas Jefferson Happy Independence Day! Today I have another holiday guest post by Jonathan Sprout who, inspired by American […]

Earth Day – Celebrating the Planet and remembering John Muir with a song. “Come Back Home” by Jonathan Sprout

“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.” ― John Muir Happy Earth Day! Where I live there are tons of Redwoods. They stand tall like soldiers commanding their territory. They are mighty, and I am completely drawn to them, taken in by their majesty and beauty. As I walk through […]

“Interconnected” – Celebrating Rachel Carson by Jonathan Sprout

“The more we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”  – Rachel Carson Women’s History Month drew to a close earlier this week and now we look forward to spring holidays, and Earth Day. Today’s post celebrates a female hero, […]

Red Yarn – Wake Up & Sing

Lately it seems music has stopped evolving—or slowed to a subtle crawl. Where there used to be well defined, bold eras (think disco, punk, grunge, R&B), now is a mixed pot of electronic-accented indie with indie becoming ever more mainstream. The children’s music genre holds onto boundaries a little better with more definitive styles that […]

Women’s History Month: “Trapped in the Attic” – Lloyd H. Miller and Shamsi Ruhe honor Harriet Ann Jacobs

Throughout the month, Emily and I have been reading about women in history. Earlier this year, she was fascinated with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work to end segregation, and was especially excited to recount how Rosa Parks made history by refusing to let anyone bully her. In Emily’s words, “that is really cool!” I love […]