The Math Of Music and Happiness

I think there is math in everything and so for fun, I am working on an easy to remember mathematical formula to understand why LIFE’S ups and DOWNS are completely necessary to your survival if you are a musician.


First please understand these meanings:



(G)M = great music

(B)M= bad music or bowel movement

Dr= depression

Cr= craziness

T = Truth therefore -T = dishonesty

Remember your high school algebra? Refresher rules…

  1. A number in FRONT of a letter makes the letter that much BIGGER!  for example 20B= 20 x B
  2. We always assume there is a 1 in front of the letter…it is invisible…but it is there…shhh…:) don’t argue.
  3. Is this getting weird? Is your brain bleeding? Did you know you use less than like 4% of it…hmmm

GM is made from an adequate amount of L which CAUSES  E which of course inspires the musician to create M. If the musician has (-)E then her ability to create M is actually increased and made positive since a negative carries though the function and resultingly, positive music is created…

for example, the universal formual for the Blues:


L+(-E) = -M



Which is actually the same as saying –E=M/-L

But we all know that music which is divided by LIFE becomes very hard to play.

If a musician does not have adequate +L and +E so L+E then she will become Cr because of Dr.


(-(L+E)=(Dr/Cr))= GM

This awesome breakthrough means that if the afflicted musicians can become aware of their Dr and Cr then they can switch it to the other side so the whole thing can result in GM.

this means that although Dr and CR can contribute to the creation of M they cant just stay where they are and expect a different result.

Awareness and shifting emotions – being accountable for how we feel – is how we are able to move –E TO –L AND CREATE A POSITIVE OUTCOME.

-E(-L) = M

In order to calculate what kind of music will result from having difficult life experiences which result in negative emotions, we must move LIFE over to EMOTIONS and let them be together so MUSIC can be positive.

By shifting and being aware of rebalancing difficult life experiences by moving them from one side of the equation or the other, for example, (-L) negative life experiences to the resulting (-E) challenging emotions (eg: anger, resentment, fear, etc) you cause a natural POSITIVE connection (good music)  between L+E since the double negatives render each other positive. Right?

I repeat – good music HAS NEVER come from sane people.

So we know that life can cause E which can make us all Cr and cause Dr but if you add M it will naturally  subtract Dr then you get G-D = Happiness.

My left brain is now bleeding.






“The Book of life has music in it – in fact that’s where music comes from”, says Peter Gabriel.

Any blues singer worth half her salt can tell you that a certain amount of emotional turmoil and personal pain is completely necessary to the palatability and enjoy ability of your music. A dear friend of mine once said

“If I cant find any chaos, I’m going to create some myself”,

She said, objecting to the complacent boredom of a quiet uneventful life.

Chaos, and trying to overcome life’s obstacles is what we come together for in music.  We look for hope in the sublime sounds that can only be created in a room of kindred souls.

Musicians are magicians


We are trying to create the possibility of something with music and  we NEED the experiences and emotions that life’s normal ups and downs bring us as our ingredients.

Otherwise,  what would we have to play music about.


Let’s face the fact that we don’t tend to write music as much about positive emotions as much as tumultuous ones, like heart ache and sadness, pain and longing.


Why? because, we want to relate to each others pain so we can feel better. Together. That’s why God didn’t put us on the planet on our own little individual islands –  we need each other and relating through some form is one of the most delicious parts of being a human. Music is a primary method of making that happens for both the musician and the music listener.

Music truly feeds off of life.  And how we consume that understanding is part of what we call free will – its all up to you.

In Western Culture music has turned violent, angry, sad and it is  SCREAMING because we our children felt unheard. we have forgotten how to talk to each other, and more importantly how to listen.

So often, we don’t know how to understand each other,. Music is our portal of understanding. Pain is the sound of our common experience.


OK its true…Life is suffering but really, Happy survival is a great goal.

Music is our tool for that too.  Shared pain is the canvas of our mutual understanding. Happiness cant exist without understanding yourself.

Music does that too.

Where other things in life maybe suffer from emotional pain music expands and grows wildly from our “interior disturbances”…like fertilizer that feeds the garden of life’s experiences, emotional strife is permissibly expressed in the west.

In truth, Musicians crave life’s experiences.

We might say that we want peace and quiet and for everything tow work out, but really, we don’t.

Although we would never admit that out loud.

Good music has never been made by a completely sane person.

MUSICIANS ARE SO LUCKY BECAUSE , unlike normal day job earthlings who have to show up and be “emotionally controlled” in their work lives –


Keep on rockin – all together…




I made the unfortunate decision to turn on the news and see what he current state of affairs are on our planet, I am washed with sadness watching pictures of babies being killed, bleeding, a small boy in a coma in Gaza who I actually prayed would die quietly and peacefully as all of his family has been killed and no one will be there for him.
What the hell is going on?

Don’t reply to my thoughts here with all of your “high falutin” opinions on why Hamas are terrorist, or the Jews need their homeland…or whatever. I don’t give a shit.

These are babies.  Jewish, Muslim, human babies. War is wrong. STOP IT.

Thousands of years of patriarchal decision making has not worked…now it is time for things to change one small act at a time all over the world

Here in Canada we don’t see things like this. I have lived and travelled all over the world, I know you know how lucky we are.

But we are politically arrogant, and embarrassingly apathetic and lazy.

I was speaking with a friend about my feeling so helpless and sad about the situation in the middle east and he said what I think most people think
“Its sad, but as long as it doesn’t hit me in my back yard I don’t give a shit”

Yes that is how we feel isn’t it.
Welcome to the new world.

Hamas is now your neighbour.
Russia is on a comeback
Religious zealots believe they have a corner on God’s creation.
The war IS in our yard NOW
in your childrens schools,
in the markets,
There are no more borders
there is only one direction.
so wake up
DO better.


THE SOLUTION is not rocket science!

 first of all in your own life…
*REFUSE violence
*ACCEPT only peace
*Talk about peace with your friends, your kids, your boss, your co-workers.
Make PEACE the most used word in your day
sing songs about peace
make more art
use your words to make people feel good
help someone today and don’t tell anyone