BOOM BOX

A blog all about music and musings from the mile high creative community.

Winter Songs

Winter Music for Everybody!

By David Ladon (Farmer Dave) on December 20, 2021

Don’t get me wrong, I love the holidays. Growing up Jewish in South suburban Denver, my Christmases were spent eating Chinese or Indian food and going to the movies. But I also relished the music and food and spirit of the season. I remember vividly singing “Carol of the Bells” with my high school choir and being moved by the layering of harmonies (I still sing aloud in public when it plays in the grocery store). I often watch David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s rendition of “Little Drummer Boy” this time of year. And Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas is both a Halloween and Christmas tradition for my family. So, I’m no grinch… Continue reading


Kayla Marque

Underrated Songs for Underrated People

By Elle Naef on November 23, 2021

Time Off?

Winter is coming, and for me that means a confusing mixture of joy and dread.

It’s exciting to have an excuse to stay in, relax and crack open that book I’ve been eyeballing. But let’s keep it real – I’m the type of city girl who can only have so much “cozy time” before I hit a crossroads. As soon as my coffee is finished I’m ready to either venture into the streets again or hole up and expect a sour mood. Continue reading


Spanish Playlist Cover

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage All Year Long

By David Ladon (Farmer Dave) on September 28, 2021

We are currently in the middle of Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15), which celebrates “the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success.” Depending on where you live, this means different things. Perhaps your children’s schools include units on Latinx or Hispanic communities and cultures. Or maybe your Netflix feed includes a featured banner of “Latinx Films.” Major companies celebrate the month and each year, media outlets publish new versions of essential Latinx books, movies, shows, recipes, artists, etc. And then on October 16, it’s over. Continue reading


kindie music

Music for Kids AND Grownups

By David Ladon (Farmer Dave) on August 25, 2021

As an early childhood music educator (and now a parent), I do not want to listen to the songs I teach. “Down by the Bay”? “Old McDonald”? “Ram Sam Sam”? I do it all. They are so much fun to play with young humans – moving our bodies, singing call-and-response, playing lots of percussion instruments. But that doesn’t mean I want to listen to them in the car or at home. Don’t get me wrong, I love Raffi. I teach his songs in the classes I lead at Sloan’s Lake Park. I even have one of his albums on vinyl. But frankly, I don’t want to listen to “Shake Your Sillies Out” on regular rotation. Continue reading


Neon Sign in the shape and colors of A rainbow

What Does a Rainbow Sound Like? Colorado Pride Month Playlist

By Elle Naef on June 25, 2021

Pride month is much more than rainbow logos and glitter-filled parades. It’s one well-deserved month of the year when those who are often made to keep their identity a secret are publicly praised for their differences instead – something that, while it would be great to have year round, is still a novelty of sorts.

As a longtime-ally-turned-outwardly-queer-person, I’ve had the honor of getting to know many facets of the LGBTQIA+ community in Colorado. While, like any communities, there are hiccups and room for even more inclusion, the queer community in Colorado is one that’s been a model to me in healthy community building. Continue reading


Reflection of flowers in a green pond

Songs of Resilience: Inspiring New Releases by Colorado Musicians

By Elle Naef on May 4, 2021

“Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.” – Haruki Murakami

Musings on Colorado Musicians

With the arrival of Spring comes the arrival of vaccinations, and the symbolism is all too clear. As the flowers begin to bloom and the animals emerge from hibernation, so does the city.  Continue reading


Jessi Whitten

Sounds on 29th: It Makes Me Happy

By Jessi Whitten on March 26, 2021

The first music video I ever remember watching was Sheryl Crow’s “If It Makes You Happy.” I hadn’t seen anyone as cool or edgy in my short life and all I wanted was to be sucked into the screen and transformed into that red-lipped woman pulling her hair out in a nature and science museum. While that dream has yet to manifest, others are about to come true. Continue reading



Tim and Richard from Bolonium

Get SALT and SGT PEPPERY!

By Richard Taylor on February 1, 2021

Back in March 2020 our post punk geek rock joke band Bolonium was so stoked to be playing our first-ever headlining gig at the Hi-Dive! (one of the raddest venues in Denver and owner Curt Wallach) with our buddies “Gort vs Goom” and “Damn Selene.” Our drummer Bonnie Finley even made us a cool-looking 80s poster for the event. Remember concert flyers? Continue reading


Puppets

How Puppets Saved Me From The Great Existential Crisis of 2020

By Elle Naef on December 8, 2020

March 9, 2020, was our last Head Room Sessions and arguably, one of the best. We had a full house of old friends and new, and the laughter and music was flowing effortlessly. I stood behind the bar tearing up as I watched people connect through the joys of music, something I’ll never grow tired of. Our Cofounder Matthew and I high fived or grinned every time we passed by each other to complete a task, a silent confirmation that once again, all our hard work had paid off. Continue reading


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