Where You Can Find Music

I bet you think I’m going to show you places where you can find free music … don’t you? Admit it–that’s the *only* thing that crossed your mind.

Well, you’re wrong. Tonight, it’s not about finding free music–online or mail-order. No no … tonight, it’s about “finding music.”

How many of you have heard of “Stomp?” If you’re not familiar with them, you’re missing out. It truly embraces the concept that music can be found everywhere and in anything.

As I sit here, basking in the after-glow of the Sabres first win under new owner Terry Pegula, I noticed my lonely StumbleUpon toolbar in Firefox looking forlorn and unused. For kicks, I selected “Music” from the Mode drop-down menu. This is the first hit I got. See? Musical!

Have you heard of PS22? Neither had I. There isn’t a song in their repertoire in which they don’t improve upon the original. That’s my opinion anyway. Take, for example, this video of the group covering Owl City’s “Fireflies.” Their cover of Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” is excellent as well. So far, those are the only two I’ve watched, but they are definitely worth looking into with more depth.

Wonder what hidden gems await at Odd Music? Lots of unconventional instruments. Very cool site!

My point is that music can be found just about anywhere. You can make music by slapping your knees in some kind of rhythm. Kids beat on pots and pans, and while that may give you a pounding headache (if you have kids, that is … if you don’t have kids and someone is pounding on the pots and pans, you might want to invest in a straightjacket), they’re making music. Kids also like humming or yelling through paper tubes–be it an old paper towel tube or a toilet paper tube. Filling glasses up with water and tapping them with a spoon = music.

Well, okay … maybe the paper tube thing is a stretch, but it does make a sound, and combined sounds is what gives us music. Hell, I’d even go so far as to say that paper tubes and pots and pans can’t be any worse than Aphex Twin, could it?

Find your inner musician. Let it out. Tapon the bus hand rail with a ring. Stomp on the ground with your feet while you’re┬ábanging out a tune on the hand rail. Get someone else to clap. Someone else can … do something else. You can make music wherever you are. You don’t need a guitar, keyboard or drums; you need creativity.

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