Music’s power to improve the challenges associated with autism

Music interventions are evidence-based with positive results – so why don’t we use them more often?

Music’s power to improve the challenges associated with autismMy son is practising the piano as I write this and it’s the sweetest sound. He’s spent two years working slowly through the same level but it doesn’t matter; he’s improving and the benefits of both music therapy and music lessons have been clear and measurable. My only wish is that I had started sooner.…

The Beatles just might have been right

Love may not be all we need, but it's a key ingredient to leading a well-lived, meaningful existence

The Beatles just might have been rightLife is filled with challenges and we’re always looking for answers. The Beatles told us, “All you need is love, love, love is all you need.” The difficulty with this credo is that love has many meanings and interpretations. It can be directed at one person or at all of humanity. Love can be selfless…

Silent Night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright

For 199 years, this beloved Christmas carol has resonated. More than 26,000 versions have been recorded and it enticed soldiers to lay down their arms

Silent Night, holy night, all is calm, all is brightSilent Night, which is probably the most famous Christmas carol of all, will be 199 years old this Christmas Eve. It was first performed at the parish church in the Austrian village of Oberndorf during midnight mass on Dec. 24, 1818. And, fittingly, the performers included the two men who’d written it. The words had…

A BC coastal community orchestrates a new role in the global economy

Powell River's PRISMA on the Beach is part of a global movement of summer music festivals in towns that love to organize, fundraise and volunteer for the arts

A BC coastal community orchestrates a new role in the global economyA local history of volunteerism and love for the performing arts have given Powell River a cultural base for its second coming. Every year for the past five years, this community on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast has hosted the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy – PRISMA. The whole experience is festival-like and runs for…

Why music is an important part of education

A masters in music education can broaden your career options as well as giving you a greater understanding of music and its uses

Why music is an important part of educationCALGARY, Alta. Mar. 22, 2017/ Troy Media/ - Over the last few years, the importance of music to education has been called into question. Many teachers, parents and politicians have been calling for music to be replaced, with a greater focus on computers and sciences going forward. Many wonder what music can give to the…

Rock ’n’ roll’s great debate: Beatles versus Rolling Stones

Book delves into the intertwined lives of the cultural giants of the 1960s proves that all these years later, the beat still goes on

Rock ’n’ roll’s great debate: Beatles versus Rolling StonesTORONTO, Ont. Jan. 5, 2017/ Troy Media/ – I've long opted out of the cultural debate of our times: Beatles versus Rolling Stones. But John McMillian’s book [popup url="http://amzn.to/2j028G7" height="1000" width="1200" scrollbars="1"]Beatles vs. Stones[/popup] (2013) has made me revisit the issue. I opted out because I never viewed the Beatles as rock ’n’ roll music. It was sweet,…

Wake Me (and my sense of self) Up Before You Go-Go

Why the deaths of famous people impact us all on a very personal level, even if we never knew them personally

NEW YORK, Jan. 2, 2017/ Troy Media/ – It seems every death of a celebrity or public figure takes with it a cherished part of our own experience and impacts our life journey. There was such a spate of deaths across entertainment, sports and politics in 2016 that it's likely there are very few people who…

Patti Smith tracks rock heroes’ slide into ‘careerism’

Too many of today's music stars have strayed into careerism and away from the revolutionary values that many of them began with

Patti Smith tracks rock heroes’ slide into ‘careerism’POWELL RIVER, B.C. Sept. 11, 2016/ Troy Media/ – It would be difficult to find an icon of the early 1970s punk rock scene in New York, Paris and London who was more legitimately its artist’s muse than Patti Smith. A young woman from the swamps of New Jersey strayed to New York and found countless friendships…

Tragically Hip put their love of Canada ahead of fame

The band’s powerful ties to Canada cost them dearly in the international market

Tragically Hip put their love of Canada ahead of fameTORONTO, Ont. Aug. 23, 2016/ Troy Media/ - It was a memorable final bow for Canada’s quintessential band, The Tragically Hip. CBC estimates that 11.7 million people tuned in to this group’s live farewell concert in Kingston, Ont., either on TV, radio or the Internet. That’s close to one-third of this country’s population, if you…

Punks unite to educate on Brexit’s ramifications

It represents a triumph for the angry old white folks they thought they had beaten back in the bad old days

Punks unite to educate on Brexit’s ramificationsTORONTO, Ont. July 12, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Punk: anarchy, class warfare, contempt for political institutions, right? Not quite, maaaan. Punk rock, like all youth subcultures, possessed myriad internal contradictions. It decried racism (as did Joe Strummer of the Clash) whilst some of its proponents (like Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols) wore swastika T-shirts.…