Listen to a Left-Handed Musician on Left-Handers Day

Did you know August 13 is the 29th annual Left-Handers Day? Lefties make up just 12 percent of the population, according to World Book Online. Given that statistic, it's interesting to note that a number of famous musicians are left-handed—especially guitarists. Playing the guitar when you're a lefty presents a specific challenge: Most guitars are built for…
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Top Picks: Your Brain and Music

This season of One Book, One Chicago, we explore the theme Music: The Beat of Our City through I'll Take You There. But have you ever wondered why music affects us the way it does?  Ever since the late neurologist and music lover Oliver Sacks published his popular book Musicophilia in 2007, people have been interested…
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Quiz: Chicago Music Trivia

This season of One Book, One Chicago, we're celebrating the theme of Music: The Beat of Our City through Greg Kot's book I'll Take You There. As we explore Chicago's rich musical heritage, we want to know, how well do you know Chicago music trivia? Take our quiz and find out, and if you want to learn…
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Quiz: How Well Do You Know African-American Musicians in Chicago?

Throughout February, we celebrate African American History Month. While you’re probably familiar with The Staple Singers, as we’ve been reading this season’s One Book, One Chicago selection I'll Take You There, we wanted to test your knowledge of other Chicago African American music makers. Take our quiz and find out how much you know…
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#TBT: Celebrating Etta James

One of my all-time favorite songs for a newlywed couple’s first dance is "At Last" by Etta James. Somehow it never gets old. The melodic notes, soaring rifts and gritty tones seem to predict the coming ups and downs of marital bliss, captivating young and old alike. For this Throwback Thursday, we celebrate the phenomenal…
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