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Discover catchy songs · Ten Minutes · Weekly (Monday mornings) · I'm Mike McCready, your host and I only play the hooks so you never have to listen to an entire song you don't love. You add the ones you do love to your streaming playlists or subscribe to mine at http://hookblast.com/category/playlists/ · Rock out all week and the next week we repeat. My day job is as the co-founder and CEO of Music Xray, the online platform that uses a combination of music analysis software, machine learning ...
 
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This week we feature "Under the Radar" by Elodie Rêverie, "Ready, Set, Go" by Lipbone Redding, "My Day Will Come" by The Frankie Paul Band, "Let Me" by Kristopher Desean, and "Good Times" by BabeWave. At the time of publishing the following songs were not available on the streaming services but can be found at the following URL's: ::: Links mention…
 
Analysis of a song's mathematical structure has led to technology called Hit Song Science (HSS). This science makes it possible to predict a new song's hit potential – AND has revolutionized the opportunities available to musicians. We discuss music's structural components, and how songs' mathematical relationships can predict commercial potential,…
 
Concerns over national budget cuts for the arts in public schools led to Give a Note’s formation by Ryan Murphy, Glee, and 20th Century Fox. Give a Note (GAN) recognizes and boosts music educators utilizing especially innovative strategies to engage students and benefit their communities outside traditional music curriculum. GAN’s initiatives advan…
 
This week we feature "Hard to Love" by Dave Scott & Roy Angel, "Frozen" by Kevin O'Heron, "Take Me to France" by Believe Over Hope, "There's a Darkness in Your Sunshine" by Stephen Edgerton, and "Grits and Gravel" by Michael Lusk At the time of publishing the following songs were not available on the streaming services but can be found at the follo…
 
The phrase, "It hurts so good" perfectly describes that experience of music perpetuating our negative emotions while somehow making us feel better at the same time. We untangle some of the different factors and threads that are at play in this paradox. Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.com/podcast/episod…
 
This week we feature "Work Around Love" by Thomas Theriault, "The Bridge is Burning Down" by Barry Keenan, "If I had a Dime" by Warren Thomas Fenzi, "It's My Time" by Roger Jaeger, & "When This Whole Thing Is Over" by Dondi. At the time of publishing the following songs were not available on the streaming services but can be found at the following …
 
While there are many different learning styles and preferences, scientific research does point to certain common denominators in successful learning, meaning learning that not only acquires knowledge, but also retains that knowledge and applies it to future problems and scenarios. The book Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning is writte…
 
This week we feature "Spider Eyes" by Kelby Dover, "What If" by Tia McGraff, "Corona Covid" by The Mob Squad, "Six Beers Ahead" by Ron Wallace, and "Carry Me Through" by John Thayer At the time of publishing the following songs were not available on the streaming services but can be found at the following URL's: Spider Eyes by Kelby Dover: https://…
 
The award-winning movie Alive Inside (2014) inspired a five-year research project that is documenting the effects of a personalized music intervention for those with dementia. Dr. Coryse St. Hillaire-Clarke of The National Institute on Aging (NIA) explains the project, which is funded by an NIA grant. We discuss other studies and developments in mu…
 
This week we feature "Ripped Jeans and Blonde Hair" by Planet of Rhythm, "Your Everything" by Chase That Money, "Donald Trump Jr" by Kidavelly, "I Want Your Kisses" by Ceeveejane, and "Do You Believe In Me" by John Thayer At the time of publishing the following songs were not available on the streaming services but can be found at the following URL…
 
You can make music with others anytime, anyplace, and with anyone (including Ed Sheeran and Disney's Maui the demigod!) thanks to an app that has a really unique way of bringing the world together thru the medium of music. Smule encourages people to create, not just consume, music -- and to create music together. Smule co-founder and CEO Jeff Smith…
 
This week we feature "Love Turn" by Rick Rocker, "Deep Within" by AJ Bailey, "Watch Out for Me" by Sydney Cope, "Stardust" by Cassandra Kubinski, Dreaming In Technicolor by The Park Place Collective At the time of publishing the following songs were not available on the streaming services but can be found at the following URL's: Dreaming In Technic…
 
I can't think of a better purpose for harnessing the healing power of music than to re-humanize and reconcile people living in stressful and de-humanizing conditions. That is exactly what Arts Capacity is doing by bringing music's healing and hope to prisoners. Music is used to allow people to access their own emotions and develop tools to be succe…
 
This week we feature "Bright Side" by Rizzy Myers, "Feel Better" by Spence, "Young Love" by Christelle, "Hey Mrs" by Alona, and "Looking for You" by NTFRMHRE. At the time of publishing the following songs were not available on the streaming services but can be found at the following URL's: Bright Side by Rizzy Myers: https://www.musicxray.com/xrays…
 
Jiggle Wiggle Party: Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/jiggy-wiggle-party/1544410221?i=1544410222 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/32VjAaA8RJLQSRl3HzNVHT?si=CoKBozq_QUKb5vb6eK4uoA SoundCloud: https://open.spotify.com/track/32VjAaA8RJLQSRl3HzNVHT?si=CoKBozq_QUKb5vb6eK4uoA YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO3FenQPcS8 Thank …
 
The development of social emotional learning (SEL) skills is embedded and inherent in musical training. And yet there are many ways we as educators and parents can streamline this process through being intentional in how we integrate SEL and music. A global pandemic has made this integration exponentially vital, and has increased our awareness of s…
 
This week we feature "Painkiller" by Minxey, "If You Weren't Alone" by Jay Sinclair, "Live It Up" by Dondi, "A Little Bit O' Honey Goes A Long Way" by Red:30, and "Feel It All" by SYTË. At the time of publishing the following songs were not available on the streaming services but can be found at the following URL's: If You Weren't Alone by Jay Sinc…
 
As humans, we tend to be fascinated with certain groups of human outliers, like Olympians, the extremely wealthy, and, definitely, geniuses. Genius cannot be predicted by standardized tests, IQ, or prodigy. But there are some common denominators, or “enablers,” of genius. We talk about what they are, and what we can learn from them and adapt to our…
 
This week we feature "Westside" by Dean Maupin, "Parachute" by ALWZ SNNY, "Cigarettes & Beer" by Alan Baxter, "Playing Our Song" by Orlando Dixon, and "So Far Away" by Su'uka. Show link: http://hookblast.com/the-hookblast-podcast-episode-54/ Vote for your favorite hook here: http://hookblast.com/the-hookblast-podcast-episode-54/ Rate and review the…
 
Music has the unique ability to both preserve diverse cultures AND bring those diverse cultures together. I find that musicians have a highly developed understanding that our shared goal is not uniformity, but unity; and that there is strength in our diversity. The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix is a place that showcases this aspect of …
 
This week we feature "Mary's Waiting" by Dead Freddie, "California Dream" by Jay Sinclair, "Colonyzer Rock" by Chickahominy Vibe, "Pinstripe Blue" by Stephen Edgerton, and "How This Love Thang Works" by Rick Lee Vinson At the time of publishing the following songs were not available on the streaming services but can be found at the following URL's:…
 
Performing artists are often the ones with the big name and face recognition, like Rihanna; but if someone else wrote the songs they’re singing, they’re not earning publishing royalties from their own performances. So how do these artists get paid for their performances? We discuss performing artists’ various revenue streams, and how they are evolv…
 
This week we feature "This Feeling" by Precedence ft. Azenda, "Yes I Can" by Lucie Lynch ft. Nick Gertsson, "Motivation" by Saint Thief, "Things Change" by Steven Gary, and "Kingz" by Emdee Wright. Show link: hookblast.com/the-hookblast-podcast-episode-52/ Vote for your favorite hook here: hookblast.com/the-hookblast-podcast-episode-52/ Rate and re…
 
Our everyday movements and habits affect both our overall wellness AND our musicianship. Athletic and musical performers have much in common, including a susceptibility to repetitive use injuries, and physical performances that are highly affected by what’s going on between our ears – our mental and emotional states. Founder and CEO of The Function…
 
This week we feature Vanity by Red Line Tragedy, To Love by Odella, Light Up To Live by Deanna Wheeler, Temporary You by Jay Sinclair, Play It Cool by Sofia Bartra. Show link: hookblast.com/the-hookblast-podcast-episode-51/ Vote for your favorite hook here: hookblast.com/the-hookblast-podcast-episode-51/ Rate and review the show: ratethispodcast.co…
 
Music clearly impacts us is through its role in TV and movies. The absence of music in trailers or the shows themselves would fundamentally change our viewing experience. But who matches the appropriate song to a scene in a TV show or film for full effect? Music supervisor Jody Friedman explains the music selection process, tips for those intereste…
 
This week we feature "A Moment Frozen" by The Missing Millions, "Allocate" by Tyler Austin Brown, "Get Back On That Horse" by DMK Muzic, "Living Out Our Dreams" by The Rich Collective, "Catch That Funky Man" by Tess Alexander, and "Turn Up" by Pretti Emage. Show link: hookblast.com/the-hookblast-podcast-episode-50/ Vote for your favorite hook here:…
 
Speech disorders affect 11% of children ages 3-6, and over 9% of children ages 7-10. That’s a lot of kids! The majority of these speech disorders in young children have no known cause, and affect boys at significantly higher rates than girls. Laura Moorer, M.A., CCC-SLP, explains why and how music plays an important role in speech disorder treatmen…
 
This week we feature "Color On The Walls" by Reva K, "Walk Away" by Barry Hope (featuring Glen Kirton), "Something to Smile About" by Sojo Mojo, "Fighters" by Eric Paul D, "Something About You" by Free Your Self, and "Walking Happy" by Launnie Ginn & Adam Cinningham. Show link: hookblast.com/the-hookblast-podcast-episode-49/ Vote for your favorite …
 
We are never too old to take advantage of the cognitive and emotional benefits of learning a new skill. Treating learning as a lifetime sport can roll back the odometer of our brains, expand our horizons, and renew our sense of self and identity. New York Times best-selling author Tom Vanderbilt explains the magic of learning a new skill in his bra…
 
Executives develop organizational and leadership skills through unscripted, interactive and unconventional orchestral performances. This innovative program has been utilized in over 20 countries and at hundreds of corporations and organizations, including Lockheed Martin, Harvard Business School, Pfizer, Unilever, Sony, and Google. As of 2020, the …
 
Musicality is all around us in nature! An understanding of the musicality of animals brings vibrance to the world around us in unexpected ways. Dr. David Rothenberg is a musician and naturalist, and has played his clarinet along with birds, whales, and singing insects. Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.c…
 
Philip Brunelle has notoriety around the world for his musical knowledge and expertise. He discusses the motto and drink that fuel his success; other factors contributing to his personal and professional longevity; and what makes the Twin Cities a unicorn in the choral music world. Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpe…
 
What’s the big deal about community music orchestras, bands, and choirs? Under Marlene Pauley’s direction, The Wayzata Symphony Orchestra’s budget has quadrupled and audience attendance has increased 300%. Marlene explains the demand for community music groups, and what they mean to their members, audience, and communities. Links and notes related …
 
Giving gifts has been a part of cultures and celebrations throughout history, and, fortunately for us, a lot of research has been done on what makes a meaningful gift – meaningful for both the recipient AND the giver. We take a look at research-backed factors that contribute to meaningful gifts, and specific ways to gift music to others, because mu…
 
The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study investigated the correlation between childhood trauma and life-long development, health, and well-being. The astounding results have led to trauma informed approaches to education and medicine, among other areas. David Knott explains why an ACE understanding can elevate our music i…
 
At Enhance Life with Music, we believe that music and music-making has value for all of us humans, regardless of age, or where we live in the world, or whether we will eventually be a professional musician or not. We also are aware of the fact that not everyone can afford a musical instrument AND arts education funding is not particularly stable an…
 
Singer/songwriter Sara Groves describes how her Christian faith informs her advocacy for justice, community-building, and cultivation of creativity for the common good. Through nurturing a creative community of people who learn, grow, and create together, Sara believes good things result for us all – including our world’s most vulnerable – and poin…
 
Dr. Nolan Gasser was the chief architect of Pandora’s Music Genome Project, and is author of the 2019 book, Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste. Dr. Gasser discusses his role in the Music Genome Project and the ethical component of its design. He then explains some of the most important factors that influence our individual mu…
 
Athletic anthems can be used to enhance motivation and performance in athletics, on the job, and in life. Author and trainer-to-Olympians Daniel Stewart discusses selecting the perfect song for your situation, the role of song lyrics, and converting your anthem to a mojo mantra. Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpeter…
 
We are hard-wired to learn through play, and to learn better in nature. Musical playgrounds utilize outdoor musical instruments and the science behind them to combine learning, nature, and play to promote community health and engagement. With no wrong notes, musical training is optional; and the resulting music is always as delightful as the sound …
 
There is a pretty universal saying that “Practice Makes… [and we all fill in the blank] Perfect.” Ed Varner, Ed.D., argues that improvement, not perfection, should be the goal in the creation of art, in education, in work, and in everything that we do. He explains what he calls “The Practice” and how this approach is the application of his belief t…
 
Piano tuners interact with a broad swath of people, including performing celebrities, stage crew, academics, and everyday families with kids taking lessons. They interact with people on stage, backstage, in their workplaces, and in their homes. Billy Sadler has been an Independent Piano Tuner & Technician since 1971. He shares some of his experienc…
 
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