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BRUCE COCKBURN: REDISCOVERING HIS MUSE

After wondering if he’d ever write a song again, one of the most enduring and contemplative singer/songwriters of our time delivers more brilliant music. By Steve Houk Even the word “prolific” is an understatement for rare artists like Bruce Cockburn. The thoughtful, brilliant Canadian singer/songwriter just released his thirty-third record, Bone On Bone, another superb […]

Alexandria Symphony’s Sympatico Students Compose New Work

Music Education Program Embarks on Its Sixth Composition Workshop  Alexandria, VA— Music-making with Sympatico is a daily affair at John Adams Elementary School, but during the week of November 6, students will take their music-making to a whole new level in a week-long intensive workshop.

SITTING AROUND SINGING SONGS

By Steve Houk The ultimate goal of any great musician is to be their own man — or woman as the case may be — meaning they mostly want to succeed at writing and singing their own songs, and crafting their own personal vibe.

JAKE CLEMONS’ INCREDIBLE JOURNEY

One kid’s dream of following in his uncle’s footsteps ends up going far beyond just fulfilling one dream.  By Steve Houk When saxophonist Clarence Clemons passed away on June 18, 2011, the Springsteen Nation stopped breathing for a moment. Not only was there a deeply palpable and profound feeling of grief, but there was also […]

WAR: LIVING UP TO THE NAME

A founding member of one of funk rock’s great bands hangs onto the name and tries to maintain its lasting legacy. By Steve Houk So how does a band end up getting named War? I mean, that’s a helluva moniker to saddle yourself with, and then have to live up to. Not many more direct […]

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