Music scholars say we all follow certain natural, internal rhythms, and when we hear ours, it makes us feel great and want to move. Joe B. loves this description of the power of music, which helps explain how so many people can love -- or hate -- so many kinds of music yet there's something universal about how we respond. The feeling we get from music is only half the equation -- the other half is the technical, mechanical stuff. Joe B. has covered entertainment at a daily newspaper for about five years, and a big part of its local music coverage. It gave him a chance to get to know many area artists, from the regular players at the nightclubs to angry high school punk rockers to members of the local orchestra. He wrote a weekly column about local performers and tried to explain a band's appeal to the readers even if the music may not be something that appealed to everyone. He also took several music classes in college which gave him an understanding of the role of music in our current Western culture, including some of past musical periods. This foundation helped his knowledge and added a greater depth to his writing. He enjoys just about every type of music, and his musical library consists of everything from old-school hip-hop to modern country to opera.