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On Motivation: Beloved Composer Leonard Bernstein on Why We Create

Maria Popova covers some of the speechs and writings of Leonard Bernstein for insight into why we create. An even greater and more enduring mystery than the question of what creativity is and how it works is the question of why we humans create in the first place. One of the most beautiful and profound responses to that eternal question comes from Read MoreRead More

Why We Create Music

“Why We Create Music” tells the story of the absolute importance of music with the individuals who create it. Fifteen musicians, ranging from Bill Withers to Aloe Blacc to Lady Antebellum, sit down with the director, Michael Marantz, to discuss their labor of love, songwriting and composing. Each featured artist was asked to contribute a Read MoreRead More

Leonardo Da Vinci’s wacky piano is heard for the first time, after 500 years

Leonardo Da Vinci apparently was in the musical instrument designing business when he wasn’t covering up the history of the Knights Templar. The viola organista – a piano/cello was conceived of but never built until now. A bizarre instrument combining a piano and cello has finally been played to an audience more than 500 years Read MoreRead More

Producing a Pop Song for Doomsday Preppers

Andy Baker writes about the process of creating an original pop song to promote the fourth season of “Doomsday Preppers” for NatGeo. Returning for its 4th season on the National Geographic Channel, “Doomsday Preppers” is one of the more unique offerings in Non-Fiction television. It’s a show that is all about people who are preparing Read MoreRead More

Hans Zimmer Tells Juicy Stories About the Classic Films He’s Scored

Legendary film composer Hans Zimmer looks back at the many films he’s scored and recounts the history and inspiration behind many of his most famous works. The Thin Red Line A year before Terrence Malick filmed this World War II masterpiece — his return to directing after a twenty-year sabbatical — he set up a Read MoreRead More

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