(Cover Art By: Borda)
Lately, I’ve been feeling the pressure. I’ve been feeling a lot of stress. Hell, I pushed the mute button on the TV several months ago even though I still leave it running in the background. The condition of the world, the conditions of the things I see around me, the attitudes and ineptitude of the people that I encounter on a daily basis, they all take a toll on me that I do not find pleasant nor acceptable. Although I’ve blogged off and on for several years in a very limited capacity, (which I still do) I created this blog at least in part, as a means of escaping the stress and influences that surround us all every day. I was beginning to struggle with keeping up with our little blog and it was loosing it’s appeal to me. I decided I wanted to start bringing our blog back closer to what I wanted it to be in the first place.
During my blogging experience over the last few months, I have found myself embroiled in several rather intense exchanges. Although this has always been a cordial, very rewarding and educational experience, I often find myself thinking and feeling as if I am standing on the opposite side of many critical issues. I don’t suppose I should be surprised by this at all, I’m a pretty stubborn and opinionated man, and the blogosphere is certainly a most diverse place. But through this process, I have noticed something that I find both conflicting and comforting at the same time.
Allow me to provide an example. My personal musical tastes are what must be considered “eclectic”, I enjoy a wide variety of music ranging from Chopin to Led Zeppelin. From Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, to Mozart or Wagner. Steve Earle is one of my favorite musicians, and Lyle Lovett (Native Texan and friend of former Vice President Al Gore) is also a favorite of mine. I also like Bruce Springsteen, U2, and the music of some of the most liberal and outspoken advocate musicians in the world. When it comes to my music, I am a contradiction in terms.
Or perhaps more befitting of my name, “My hypocricy goes only so far“.
I love the music that these talented artists produce, but outside of that if we were to sit at the same table and have a conversation on almost any issue other than music, I can imagine that it would quickly turn into a very heated argument. I can imagine myself telling Bono that he is a crazed socialist and is full of shit. I would also absolutely humiliate Lyle Lovett (It’s a Texas thing) because of his association with one of the biggest buffoons in political history. Like I said, “Opinionated”.
But music melts barriers for me. I find myself enjoying the music for what it is, and sometimes for what it is not. I’m able to temporarily put aside political or even religous differences and strangely enough, even sometimes find common ground with people that I would normally otherwise consider to be more or less “enemies”, or at the very least completely opposite from myself.
Music is a universal language that everyone speaks. Even if it’s in a language that you do not understand, one can still find enjoyment in the hearing and feeling of it. Or at least I can.
Some may call it the “magic of music”, and I know about Lucifer’s former position and the legend of Legba at The Crossroads,
I even sometimes feel like I’m sticking my hand in the proverbial cookie jar. But I just can’t help it, I love my music! I have pondered this internal dichotomy many times throughout my life, but I just can’t help it. I still love my music! Strange how such firm distinctions can be seemingly made more unnoticeable when music brings unexpected people together in unexpected ways. Perhaps it is “magic” of a sort?
So rather than getting busy with writing “important” posts and completing our long-awaited Love Story, I have been spending a lot of time lately exploring new music with my wife and just taking some time to relax from all the daily stress and pressures of life. I needed a break from everything except my wife, so we enjoyed some great music and time together. In my case, perhaps that could be considered “progress”.
I have found that I may not often agree with most musicians political or religious points of view, but I will defend unto the death their right to sing them! We love good music, and we are thankful for the many talented artists who provide it, our world would be made a lesser place without them!
I’ve built a new addition to our Music & Art page (Our Latest Music Favs) that contains lots and lots of some of the new music we have been exploring together. It’s a page not a post so you can access it by clicking the blue link above or just click the orange menu button on the upper right of any page, then select Music and Art. Please do take some time to enjoy the music that we love, you may find a few that you love too. 😉
Music expresses things that mere words can never fully say. Enjoy!
Just to get things started with a lil’ “twist” to it, here’s a surprising selection that may entice you to continue exploring our new music….the way we do. 😉
Like it? If you want to hear more just click HERE to checkout our new favs!