Music -- just vibrations in the air -- can make you feel heartbroken or elated, peaceful or stabby, inspired to save the whales or to invade Poland. This is HOW MUSIC DOES THAT.
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A good podcast.
Best music podcast anywhere
Maybe the best podcast period.
Take a blender, throw in a PhD in music composition, a decades-long career in academia, a natural talent for writing, speaking, and tinkering with microphones and software. Mix in some serious saxophone chops and a self-deprecating sense of humor and blend the whole mess on high for a while. Then just pour it into your ears via Bluetooth and enjoy. Very tasty.
Dr. McGowan was my favorite professor in college. When I found out about his podcast I was so glad to continue to learn from him. The way he explains How Music Does That in his class and with this podcast makes me appreciate music on a whole different level. I also like that this podcast can be enjoyed by all, you don’t have to have an extensive music background to grasp these concepts. Very excited to keep listening.