Caitlyn Smith Unpacks Top Alt. Country Music Songs | Music To My Ears

Singer-songwriter Caitlyn Smith joins us to discuss Y’allternative classics: music on the edges of Country – from folk, to blues, to rock and roll. Listen along as she shares details on the imagery and storytelling that make these songs successful.

On Music To My Ears, singers, songwriters, artists, performers, label executives, producers, and fans break down lyrics and reflect on Country Music throughout the decades.


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Fascinating Facts About Music Production


Music is a multi-billion dollar industry that encompasses many different aspects of the business including recording, publishing, live performances, album sales, streaming, and more. It is a powerful entertainment and communication tool, but it can also enrich our communities and get us in touch with beauty. And of course, it can simply be music for its own sake.

One of the most fascinating facts about Music is that it can have a profound effect on us emotionally and psychologically. The timbre and rhythm of a song can make us feel elated, happy, sad or calm. Music can also evoke memories and feelings like nostalgia or happiness. It can even help you get to know other people better. The lyrics and sound of a song can make you relate to others in a deeper way and even understand their perspective on life.

The history of music is closely tied to the evolution of human culture. The oldest recorded musical instruments are probably the earliest flutes and harps, though the human voice may have been the first instrument (as evidenced by nine thousand year old vocal chants). The development of Western music is particularly well documented as Gregorian chant developed in the 10th century C.E.

Interestingly, scientists have found that children who spend several years playing musical instruments develop superior motor coordination, auditory discrimination and non-verbal reasoning skills. They are also able to learn faster and become more proficient in school subjects, especially math and language.

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