Author: Molly Barber

The Alchemy of Music with Mickey Raphael Harmonica Phenom

Photos by Danny Clinch and Jack Spencer There is an alchemy in music. A special combination of the right people, at the right time, with the right goods. A little of this, a pinch of that- it’s like watching grandma cook. She never uses a recipe or measuring cups and yet the alchemy is always spot on. That’s the good stuff. The stuff people remember. The stuff that lasts. When you stop and think about the alchemy of music, think about a song like God Only Knows by the Beach Boys. Brian Wilson used a bunch of unorthodox instruments...

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Meet The Artist Elizabeth Devereaux Stained Glass Master

By Molly Barber Photos Courtesy of Elizabeth Devereaux Glass arts have been around since ancient times- I was informed of this in the hot shop at Chico State where I learned glass blowing. It was there, I caught the glass bug and have been infected since. I was exposed to several different forms of glass art, each leaving me some sort of appreciation for it but there was always something ethereal about stained glass. Maybe it was always seeing it in the windows of important buildings, hindering the sight of onlookers, these fragile but powerful guardians. Yet, it wasn’t...

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From Starry, Starry Nights to American Pie, Meet Don McLean

By Molly Barber Photos Courtesy of Don McLean   There are verses of a song that I feel are just a part of my anatomy at this point in my life. Lyrics that are so engrained in my memory that I’m curtain they would show up on a cat-scan. Though the doctors would be left with a medical mystery, I have no doubt they’d be tapping their feet to the beat of the song as they read, “Bye bye miss American pie, drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry, them good ol’ boys were drinking...

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Exclusive Interview With X Ambassadors

By Molly Barber Photos By Catie Lafoon and Molly Barber I’m constantly on the prowl for music and I find it EVERYWHERE. I’ve found songs I love in movies and tv shows. I’ve found new music from friends and the radio. I’ve even found songs to add to my library from listening to commercials. The band that I’m about to introduce, you might have heard on a commercial. Or maybe you heard their song on a tv show or movie. Either way, I’m sure you’ve heard some of their music, even if you didn’t know it at the time....

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GETTIN’ GRITTY with Western Artist Jamie Means

By Molly Barber The Wild West. Cowboys, Native Americans, mountain men- what is it about that time period that captivates my family? My grandpa and I used to read history books and stories about the different Native American tribes. We would play pretend, he as the wise medicine man and I the brave warrior. He and my uncle visited all the big Native American battle fields, something I will always envy them for. And then there’s the Big Guy. The Big Guy is pretty much obsessed with Westerns… and Jason Bourne… but mostly westerns. He even made us watch...

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