Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory

I happened to be watching a favorite movie of mine last night which is based on a true story, one I hadn't seen in quite some time. You're likely familiar with it as well... It's called "Awakenings", based on the book of the same name written by Neurologist Oliver Sacks, starring Robin Williams as "Dr. … Continue reading Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory

The Transformation of Keith Richards

I had previously posted another video similar to this one, which I just noticed has disappeared from YouTube. If you've tried to watch unsuccessfully, sorry about that. I've actually found a better one, which has been captured and uploaded to my WordPress server, so it's not going anywhere. It's a very cool "morphing" video of … Continue reading The Transformation of Keith Richards

New Video: Bad Company – Rock Steady

This is an awesome rendition of what I consider to be the best song from their debut album, recorded live at the Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado during their 2002 tour. I've also included a little personal anecdote regarding the album itself, as I often do. It's worth a chuckle or two, especially if you're … Continue reading New Video: Bad Company – Rock Steady

New Video: Rush Live at the Pinkpop Festival, Netherlands, 1979

Cygnus Studios presents a partial performance of the epic "La Villa Strangiato", filmed at the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands back way back in 1979. At the time, Rush was on a worldwide tour in support of their new album, the classic "Hemispheres". If you happen to be in the "Geddy Lee's voice gives me … Continue reading New Video: Rush Live at the Pinkpop Festival, Netherlands, 1979

Drummer Close-Up: Max Weinberg

Hopefully, I can make the time to produce more videos like this one, reviewing the masters of my primary instrument... I doubt this awesome drummer's name rings a bell for most layman, but here's just a few of his accomplishments... Drummer for the E. Street Band for over 46 years. Spent 17 years as the … Continue reading Drummer Close-Up: Max Weinberg

An Important Public Service Announcement

Here’s a brand new video demonstrating something I learned in the Boy Scouts, which will no doubt help you through this difficult time we’re all going through right now: How to properly manage your toilet paper use. Here's wishing you and yours all the best, stay well, and pray that it ends soon! By the … Continue reading An Important Public Service Announcement

New Blog Page: Multimedia Lyric Videos

Lyrics are the balladry which allows music to tell a story, and I’ve always found them to be especially important for just that reason. However, the style of some artist’s vocals often make them difficult to understand, or worse yet misheard as other phrases entirely. Hopefully, the videos I produce for this new page will … Continue reading New Blog Page: Multimedia Lyric Videos

Combining Psychology With Mechanics – Making a Good Drummer a GREAT One.

Following the recent passing of Neil Peart, I realized the rather long post I had previously written missed a crucial part in the development of his talent, one which I've always highly respected and admired: His undying, constant drive to reinvent and better himself, not only as a drummer, but in every way humanly possible. … Continue reading Combining Psychology With Mechanics – Making a Good Drummer a GREAT One.

The Death of a True Legend

I'm absolutely floored, and literally in tears. My hero has passed, and what a totally monumental loss for the music world it is. Neil was voted best Rock drummer so many times by "Modern Drummer" magazine that he became no longer eligible for that tally. As anyone who's seriously listened to or witnessed this man … Continue reading The Death of a True Legend

A Very Merry Christmas To You, Through The Arts

Here's wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, from Cygnus Studios to you and yours! While decorating trees, putting up lights, Santa and the like are all great fun, never forget the true meaning of Christmas, that being the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I wanted to help you folks … Continue reading A Very Merry Christmas To You, Through The Arts