I am a huge music fan. Not just as background music but as a soundtrack to my life. My favourite music is that in which pulls me into the song. The composition, how each instrument or loop is brought together at just the right time, the words which tell a story… I always wished for so long I had been born with the talent to play and compose music. A lot of people when I say this say it’s just practice, but really I think they are just being modest. Composing and playing music is an art form. A special talent blessed to a person.
I do find it difficult not to be jealous. I mean, some music is JUST SO TASTY. Wally de Backer aka Gotye is one whose music is just super special, another aussie band I really dig is Black Cab; their album Altamont Diary is just extra tasty ear candy. I love the old school stuff like Alice Cooper and Meatloaf also for their ability to tell stories with their music – to write truly unique musical pieces that stand the test of time. There isn’t a huge number of individuals and groups who fall in my SUPER DUPER YUMMY EAR CANDY group. I’m fairly choosy I admit. Those mentioned so far make the cut, others would be Queen, DJ Shadow and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
I’m talking about not just musical talents, sheesh there are hundreds to add to that list who put out a great album, lets see… like Tex Perkins, Johnny Cash, Newton Faulkner etc but I mean an album with songs that have more than just a catchy tune and some clever lyrics.
I was lamenting one day on my lack of musical ability and clear as anything I really felt God telling me that my blessing was the gift of appreciation. That is, the gift to recognise and really embrace and celebrate the work and talents of these mentioned people. Afterall if we are all musicians, who would come to listen?
Music has the power to change moods and minds, uplift and push down people. It holds extraordinary power – I think we underestimate this some times…
I still harbour a strong desire for the ability to be as creative as these exceptional folks, but I am also proud of the fact I am a true music fan who can enter the world of a song and get lost in it.