Peter Hollens Is My Hero (And He Is Coming to GeekyCon!)

Recently, I gave one of my English classes a “Who is your hero?” writing prompt. Some students wrote about their parents, their grandparents… Some even wrote about Jesus Christ. For me, if I were to be given that prompt, I would have to seriously consider writing about Peter Hollens. I’m not even remotely kidding. Peter…

New to Wrock: Walking the World by Kirstyn Hippe

Are you new to Wizard Rock? In this second installment in my “New to Wrock” series, I give you an artist who is also relatively new to Wizard Rock: Kirstyn Hippe. She is a 17-year-old singer-songwriter from Cincinatti, Ohio. At LeakyCon 2012 in Chicago, she won the first ever LeakyStars competition. As a prize for…

New to Wrock: Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls

Harry and the Potters may be widely considered the originator of what we now call Wizard Rock (or Wrock for short). However, I have chosen a one-man band known as Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls for the first article in my “New to Wrock” series. I have already written an article about Ministry of Magic,…

Review: The Lord of the Rings Musical

Let me make perfectly clear as I begin that I have not had an opportunity to see The Lord of the Rings Musical, and it is unlikely that I ever will. I have, however, seen some YouTube clips from the musical, and I have downloaded the entire soundtrack. On those both I will base my…

Review: Music Inspired by Middle-Earth

It is difficult to rate music inspired by Middle-Earth post-Shore. Howard Shore, the composer for the Lord of the Rings films, created the perfect musical backdrop for the Middle-Earth setting. It is nearly impossible to compare anything to it. However, this collection of songs by David Arkenstone was released before the Lord of the Rings…

Review: Songs from Gringott’s Vault

I had been a fan of Ministry of Magic ever since I heard their song “Nothing to Fear” on The Leaky Cauldron’s Christmas release “Jingle Spells 3”. However, I hadn’t heard any more of their songs until I went to LeakyCon 2011 in Orlando, Florida in July. Hearing them live, I knew then that they…