Keeping the Lights On in Texas

In June 2012, I wrote an article for NBIZ Magazine where I described Texas' "Energy-only" power market structure, quoted industry officials explaining their business model, and warned of failures like…

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Gene Taylor’s Sacrifice

From Wikipedia: [[ Gene Taylor (July 2, 1952 – February 20, 2021) was an American musician. Taylor began his musical training as a drummer at age eight but two years…

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The Buzz And The Edge

After bouncing around the dial a couple of times, Houston's Buzz eventually landed back on 94.5 FM. The current Buzz playlist includes new bands like Imagine Dragons and Twenty One…

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Free Drum Machine & Recording Software

Acoustica Legacy Software (Opens in new tab)https://acoustica.com/legacy Cakewalk by Bandlab (Opens in new tab)https://www.bandlab.com/products/cakewalk The Beatcraft drum program from Acoustica lets you create and store great sounding drum parts. The…

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Scheherazade Done Right

Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade - San Francisco Symphony Orchestra 1942, Pierre Monteux conducting. Originally released by RCA Red Seal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e7C4DugjyI

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The Birth of Southern Rock

When you say 'southern rock,' the first bands most people think of are bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty, Marshall Tucker, and ZZ Top. But The Allman Brothers Band was…

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Did the Beatles Know Theory?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmjRM3AziTY One of the first points the narrator makes is that the Beatles didn't read or write sheet music. The sheet music of their songs that you buy was all…

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Not All Kids’ Music is Lame

Blitzen's Boogie is a great introduction to blues, jazz and big band tonalities for kids. Just in time for the holidays. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KbG1NEpKZw For non-classical musicians, the best predictor of whether…

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