Not a Music-Lover?!

October 20, 2011

When I meet people who do not love music it blows my mind, every time. We’ve all met those people who say they just “aren’t that into music,” or that they will “listen to anything.” This is insane to me. People that do not have some sort of deep connection or opinion about music are like aliens to me.

Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve devoted pretty much my entire life to the arts, in one form or another. And after much careful consideration (which perhaps is a bit odd), I’ve come to the conclusion that if I had to choose between the visual arts and music I know what my choice would be. By this I mean, if I had to decide which one to live without for the rest of my life. I would have to choose music. I actually can’t remember a day when I didn’t listen to music at some point. The thought is insane to me.

Music is what has gotten me though some of the hardest times in my life, and also the thing I turn to when I’m happy or excited to help me celebrate. Not in a conscious manner of course, but you know when you get excited or sad you fall into certain routines. Well for me, the routine always involves a ‘playist switch-up.’ It wasn’t until recent years that I discovered that not everyone does this. I honestly thought this was the norm, that there wasn’t a single person on the planet that wasn’t really passionate about some kind of music. I mean one of our most basic human instincts is to make music; it’s one of the first things we created after all.

I honestly can’t imagine what I would do without it. Also, as a side note,  can we discuss how awesome Beta Music by Google © is!?!? Makes sitting at work a little more bearable I must say.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about look into it!

Concerts are also one of my favorite things, although I don’t frequent them enough. What’s better than being in a place with a bunch of people that love a band just as much as you do? The energy is amazing. There’s also something really raw and incredible about someone getting up on stage with nothing but their instrument and voice and making something beautiful happen. I got to see The Damnwells for the first time this past winter and is was so awesome. Can’t wait to see them again, and a long list of others. I’m missing the Kevin Devine show this weekend, which I’m really sad about, but he is certainly on my list as well. If these names are foreign to you, it’s time to get on that, seriously.

So my point here, and I do have one, is that I can’t live without music, not even for one day, and people that can make me very confused and kind of sad. To each his own I suppose, but I’ll pass on your company.

I’d also like to add that I played an instrument for 9 years, so this is a deep and profound love for something, not just a passing fancy or declarative statement with no bones to back it up.

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Chick Flicks

October 2, 2011

So it seems that tonight is chick flick night on TV. I’m not a tremendous fan of most chick flicks, in fact I haven’t seen most of the classics of the genre, but I do appreciate a few. Anyhow, The Notebook was on tonight, and while it is rather far-fetched in many respects ( I mean come on it is adapted from a Nicholas Sparks book) it does have some sort of touching lines. I like this one, from the beginning of the movie, in particular:

Noah: I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated   to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.

It’s just sweet. And also kind of amazing, if nothing else would be needed to satisfy someone for a lifetime. That’s all.