Sometimes music can give an extra special gift to people. As a musician I have the pleasure of getting to interact with the impact of music from both perspectives (the listener and the musician). I frequently experience the effect that listening to music can have on me and I feel like I often describe and communicate my interactions with music to everyone. However, it is pretty special for me as a musician to connect with someone from the other perspective. I got a really awesome moment at a show the other day. I want to share this story as something for me to look upon for inspiration in the future and hopefully an encouragement to others who may have similar experiences . . . especially those that may ever consider sharing their feelings about a song with an artist.
At a recent Cafe Ipe gig, a woman was walking by the show, passed and then re-appeared around the corner of the neighboring building. I was playing the song "For A Moment". That song in particular has an intended message of love and hope in times of struggle. When the song was over, this woman spoke up above her applause and said "I was having a really rough day, I was walking with my head down...my husband is sick with cancer and that song is what I needed to hear, it made my day. Thank you, God bless you."
For someone to verbalize that type of emotional response to my music was something really special. It was a heartfelt reminder of how music can impact others. Not that I ever doubt it, but sometimes you can get wrapped up in how fun it is or the entertainment element of it all, and it is so nice to feel that emotional connection of your intent for a song resonating with someone's life. As I go on and remind myself that I want to give back all that music gives to me, these types of experiences make it so joyful to be part of that journey. To whomever it was that stopped to listen and share that comment, thank you. Thank you for expressing and sharing something that personal and vulnerable in a public setting. If you ever come across this page and this post, I truly hope that your husband's condition improves. Thank you for helping to remind me one of the main reasons why I play music.
Thanks for listening as always.
This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to speak at a Kiwanis club meeting in Ramona, CA about the changing state of the music industry, the role of technology, and what it all means for musicians independently pursuing opportunities to further their careers. I want to extend a big thank you to the club for a great morning of music and conversation. I am always excited to meet others excited about music! One member has one of the biggest harmonica collections in the world, another has a son touring europe, some mentioned they heard about the changing state of the music industry from the last major concert they went to! Others were members of bands in the past, some are still active musicians, while others just love music and expressed their interest in learning how the art and industry is transforming. I had a great time! Great to meet everyone! Please check out their website and support them in your locality if you can. Photos of the event and small article can be found here:
Talk to you all soon!
On Friday night I had a the pleasure of seeing one of my favorite groups, Fleet Foxes, live at the Spreckles Theater in San Diego. It was an amazing show and Spreckles is such a perfect venue for a band like Fleet Foxes! The whole vibe of the night was incredible and the Foxes played through a solid amount of material that spanned songs off of their first full length debut, early EPs, as well as the new album "Helplessness Blues" They absolutely nailed their sound live and their rich vocal harmonies were just inspiring to listen to. They also packed great energy into some of the songs that may have had a more laid back vibe on the recordings. It was a fun, interactive crowd and a great night of music. Check out their new album Helplessness Blues! You can stream it from a link off of their website HERE. Or you can stream the whole album from HERE.
Just went to see Switchfoot last night.. Great show, great songs. Singer Jon Foreman and company put on a great show. He mentioned what really fired him up were singing out songs of love and hope. I really like their vibe, their messages, and their energy. This weekend they are hosting their annual Bro-Am. If you are in the southern California area check it out for sure! Surf competition in the morning, concerts throughout the day from a bunch of acts. All for charity. Check it out!
Pursuing passions and appreciating the joys and blessings of life. I have been given so much, I'd like to use music as an avenue to give back.