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It is awesome what you do. I don’t have time to read through everything or listen/search for the musicians you mention that I don’t know, but I am always eager to find new music. I appreciate a lot your work…You know, there are people that just let the life and world go by, and others that try to make it better. Your passion for music and the spreading of it belongs to the second group.

Javi P.

 

I wish I had a way to let more people know about a wonderful on-line treasure known as The Daily Music Break. The name only hints at the reality of what it really is:  a site that enables us to celebrate the joy of music.  TDMB is so much more than a dumping ground of musical clips.  It is, instead, a site that looks back, forth and sideways at all genres of music . . . old, new, local and worlds away.

Walter W.

Here’s What’s Here

The Daily Music Break explores every genre of music, from hip hop to opera. It's simple: Boundaries are dumb. It's all good. Here is more about the site and here is our index:

--A Tribe Called Quest to The Dick Hyman Trio (In other words, A to H)

--Indigo Girls to Queen Ida (I to Q)

--Radiohead to ZZ Top (R to Z)

Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.

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What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.

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The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.