from such great heights

musicians are magicians

Posted in life by chapwoman on March 17, 2008

“When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had, and never will have.” -Edgar Watson Howe

I appreciate passionate musicians. This isn’t anything new, but after watching (or half-watching) the film Once this weekend, I realized just how deep my adoration settles for the Struggling Song-writer.

It’s a marvel that some musicians have the ability to make listeners really, truly feel what they’re singing. Damien Rice makes me somber every single time I listen to “Sleep, Don’t Weep.” Vanessa Carlton pulls me into her world of pleasant confusion in “White Houses.” The Rocket Summer makes me want to break up with someone just so I can feel exactly what he feels for her in “Goodbye Waves and Driveways.” I guess that’s what really makes a talented musician, that Abra Kadabra of emotion an artist can cast on listeners.

What’s most interesting is that you don’t even need to know what the singer is going through, what their story is, what the details are; you don’t know and shouldn’t even care, because there’s a story there nonetheless. Even if you get minimal lyrics to chew on, you still do. That’s just amazing to me.

A talented musician doesn’t have to scream his head off to get the point across like The Rocket Summer and Glen Hansard do (but those are exceptions), because it’s the subtleness and gentleness in the voices of artists like Michelle Branch and James Blunt. Worship singers are amazing at pulling listeners/believers in. But that’s exactly what they’re supposed to do: bring an audience closer to God. It’s happened so many times when a pastor has delivered a novel and intriguing message, but I don’t fully understand it until the music starts playing. So thank you Tim Hughes, Matt Redman, and Pat Little for completing the messages.

thirsty for some good music? drink up:

Damien Rice–“Sleep Don’t Weep”
Vanessa Carlton–“Home”
Glen Hansard–“Say it to Me Now”
The Rocket Summer–“Goodbye Waves and Driveways”
Michelle Branch–“Hotel Paper”
Tim Hughes–“Everything”

C’est la vie,


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