Music is powerful. It has the power to make us laugh, cry, dance, and drive faster. It also has the power to make us think, ask questions, and challenge authority. Music can take you back to an easier time in your life, or help you through the challenges you are facing right now. Music can be “of the moment” or “timeless,” but  no matter what kind of music you enjoy, music can be healing and inspiring.

Samples aren’t just something you wait in line for at Costco!  In the world of music, sampling refers to using some part of someone else’s music, whether their rhythm, melody, words, or vocals, and adding it to your own composition.  Sampling is actually legal, as long as artists have permission from the original artists to do so.

Julie Bond

Julie Bond is a voracious reader with eclectic tastes running the gamut from YA lit, to psychological suspense, and anything dog-related, of course. You can find her haunting her favorite San Francisco Bay Area indie bookstores. Email her at


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