Friday, May 3, 2013

music that moves

In 2008 I wrote about how specific art and music evoke a powerful response in me, especially when the response is tied to a memory.  I still occasionally get teary eyed when listening to Jeff Buckley or Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, who in a weird coincidence died within a month of each other.  In their voices you can feel the mana coming out and seizing something deep within yourself.  You are held in its grip and transported into the song, maybe even into a memory.

Last month, Maine Public Broadcasting Network produced a series called Music That Moves Me, which I strongly urge anyone, especially music lovers, to listen to.  Featured speakers discussed how a certain piece of music influenced them in the course of their lives.  The recordings were deeply personal and SB and I each had a favorite.  SB loved Craig Campbell's recollection of a nautical adventure while I (of course) bawled while listening to Jim Shaffer's story about his brother.  MPBN also allowed listeners to add their own stories to the series and you can listen to them on the webpage along with the featured speakers.

SB and I hooked up the computer to our sound system and listened to one recollection every night after dinner.  It was a wonderful experience and inspired us to begin talking about the songs on the program or about our own musical recollections.  Some of the stories that we shared, we already knew about each other, but many stories were new.  SB even remembered a song that he and his roommates made up about Nanjing to the tune of 'New York, New York,' which he sang to our friend from Nanjing who may or may not have been entertained.

I can't help but think that Spike or Ulie could have a story or two worth adding to the listener recollections...

1 comment:

Spike said...

I've been thinking about doing more music oriented posts on my blog, not just isolated reviews but some sort of series of stuff, especially now that I could embed Spotify playlists - but Spotify stopped working on my desktop PC, which is major annoying. Anyway, thanks for the thought and stay tuned ...