• How I Discovered The Minus 5

    by  • March 24, 2010 • Community Sherpa, Freelance Writing Samples, Writing

    Ever get a little bored with your favorite music? Sometimes, I just need something new, but if I don’t know about a band, how would I ever be able to find them?

    The tuneglue musicmap may be the answer. You begin by simply entering the name of a music artist.


    tuneglue2tuneglue3Your choice appears as a grey circle in the center of your screen. Clicking it opens up your choices. You can delete your choice, lock its position on the screen, get a list of that musician’s releases or expand. Expanding creates a web of performers with a similar sound to the original.

    My choice, R.E.M. expanded to include U2, Michael Stipe, The Smashing Pumpkins, Counting Crows and The Minus 5. Hmm… The Minus 5? I’d never heard of them. I hop over to Pandora, and create a The Minus 5 station and sure enough, I love the sound. The song I hear first, “With a Gun,” sounds like Tom Petty, The Byrds and yes, R.E.M. Time to do a little shopping!


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.