Is MUSICAlive?

Music IS Alive! In fact, Alive is really the only time that MUSIC really IS. Whether we’re pounding the water to get that deep, resonant drum, or pulling a cello bow across an amplified, distorted, tortured guitar string, or singing in massed harmony and then dissonance to create the excitation of ecstasy, MUSIC Alive – is!

And the people involved in living sound LOVE to talk about it . . . mostly. And when they don’t, WE will.

We’re not here to DEFINE what music is: that’s what listeners are for. We can curate the numberless possibilities, with the help of experts and readers, and showcase the sampled buffet here.

The rest is up to you.

Who are we?

[author] Oscar @musicalivemag.ca

Oscar picked us. About this fact there is no contention: when we walked in the door of the City’s animal shelter, he thwacked our arm with his considerable skull, and kept it up the whole time we tried to visit other lonely cats. He has kept up this single-minded management of the people around him for the 4 years since he first picked us, and has occupied the heart of tradespeople, dayhomes, schools, neighbours and the occasional passing cyclist.

In other words, if he offers you his tummy, don’t be shocked: he’s a bit of a tramp. And we love him thusly.

And he’ll listen to ANYTHING!

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[author] Carey @musicalivemag.ca

Swallowed by the mutual loves of words and music (but far too chicken-shit to perform them with a band), Carey’s writing career started slowly as a freelance writer in 2003, starved him to personal bankruptcy until 2008, and changed directions while writing for FastForward, Beacon Calgary, GayCalgary, and Examiner magazines. With the death of many old-school periodicals, and the explosion of musical diversity in Calgary, the modern approach to writing about live music performance in the Calgary region presented uncluttered landscapes for the focussed passion that Carey’s conversations with musicians, drag queens, festival producers and small animals has uncapped. He was moulded by the brilliance of paper-based periodicals old and new (Life, rolling Stone, Swerve! and Adbusters etc.). Carey sees the info-verse as needing creative, empathetic, but clear-eyed Agents of Oscar (MUSICAlive!’s music and people-loving cat) to curate the possibilities into excellence!

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[author]Hannah @musicalivemag.ca

Hannah has always had a discerning eye, so when her father asked her to help him with his new magazine as the editor, she readily agreed. Besides nitpicking, Hannah enjoys cuddling with her cats, reading an endless supply of books, watching movies, and trying to improve her video gaming skills. The last one isn’t going so well.

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[author] Ivy @musicalivemag.ca

Ivy has a degree in Creative Writing which she uses on a daily basis in Facebook posts and tweets. Her hobbies include writing novels, making films, and blogging. She hopes to someday be a stay-at-home dog owner. The proudest achievement of her life was running away to Paris without telling anyone. She’s back now, unfortunately.

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[author] Paul @musicalivemag.ca

Music is oxygen for the soul. And there is so much music out there that you don’t even know about. If you like writing and needs some oxygen now and then, writing about music is a natural combination.
My love for music made me take piano lessons. After a few years it became clear that it didn’t really stick with me. Nor did the trumpet, which I tried to learn too. Well, maybe I should have tried it earlier in life. Starting it your thirties is a bit late, even when it is in your early thirties! A lasting legacy of this episode is that I realized that making music is like giving a speech without reading it from paper, although there are exceptions, like orchestras. But once started a song or tune it sounds like they just go with the flow, or, as the expression goes, are taken away by their own muse.

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[author] TJ @musicalivemag.ca

When TJ arrived in Calgary, after raising aardvarks just outside the city limits, she knew she had her work cut out for her: as petroleum prices are affected by the aardvark supply, TJ found the regulation of the local industry challenging at the extreme. This catalyzed her interest in aeronautics, with its specialization in aardvark phylogny, and subsequently TJ developed Canada’s first low-speed rail transport, pulled by organically-fed aardvarks, and thus the low-impact transportation infrastructure which is named for her. Lastly, her favourite food, aardvark soup, must never be discussed when travelling on the TJ Low-Impact Transit system.

Also, she likes messing with pictures.

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MUSICAlive Is!

[author] MUSICAlive! Magazine acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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