Quote of the Day: Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed. – Joseph Addison
What do Billy Bob Thornton, the first lady of France, and Courtney Love have in common? They all auditioned for the Bearfoot Band. I won tickets to hear this amazing band through a local radio station and community college. Thank you, Patrick! He talked up the band, which perked my interest enough to turn up the radio. While I was stirring my oatmeal and thinking I’d like to hear them perform, he gave us the above trivia. Then at the end of the interview told us to call in if we could remember who had auditioned for this band when they were looking for a fifth member to join them after an original member left.
The original members are from Alaska and met at music camp. They started playing together throughout their home state, then the Pacific Northwest, and several years later in the heart of the lakes area in Minnesota, where I heard them, and tomorrow – Glasgow, Scotland. Wow! I love their sound. I love their youthful energy and courage to follow their dreams, and I love how comfortable they all looked playing together on stage.
Their style is rooted in bluegrass. They know how to blend the strings – the fiddles, the mandolin, the bass, and guitar. The vocals were smooth and mellow and filled with emotion. I could listen to them all night long. They sing the kind of music that tells a story, a story of real people, people like us.
Thank you, Patrick for the free tickets. Thank you, my friend Jennifer for going to the concert with me. And, thank you Bearfoot Band for coming to my little dot on the map and performing with all your heart and soul. I feel inspired by your song.
Journaling Prompt: Describe your favorite style of music and how it inspires you.
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I’ve never heard of Bearfoot. Maybe I should give them a listen. 🙂
I am such a contradiction when it comes to music. Almost all music has it place in my life. Except for Opera. I just don’t like it.
My current favorite Christian are the Newsboys. My favorite artists -secular – is Duffy and Adele.
I didn’t know about the Bearfoot band! very interesting. I enjoy bluegrass music.
I like so many different styles of music…it’s hard to narrow them down!
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I think it depends on the day, where I am in life, that sort of thing. I love classic rock, particularly live. Seeing music performed on the stage is seeing art at its creation. And the ethereal quality of it, once the concert’s over, the art is gone, makes it even more moving. Certain jazz works for me, too. I saw a segment on a wonderful new jazz artist, Melody Gardot, on the Sunday Morning tv show, and had to buy her cd. Beautiful music there.
Thanks for sharing your musical loves. I’ll want to check them out. I love discovering a new band/sound.
Once again, Mary, you caught me with the quote. What a beautiful way to convey how we feel when we are inspired by beauty, in whatever form. Whenever I come into contact with something creative and surprising, I always feel in awe of God, the first Creator, who funnels His creative energy into all of us. Our job is to simply respond in the best way we can. You are doing great at it!
Never heard of the Bearfoot band but I do enjoy bluegrass/country (and other music) so wrote their name down. Thanks, Mary.
You cannot replace the emotional response that occurs during a live performance. I once watched an artist paint on a large stretched canvas during a church service – a powerful message, inspirational music, and an artist involved in his creation. It was miraculous.
I love the journaling prompts you put in your posts. Cool idea.
I’ve been rather unadventurous with music lately, tending to listen to the same dozen CDs over and over: Celtic stuff, classical and faves from the 80s.
THANK YOU for the fabulous night out! I really enjoyed the Bearfoot Band. I also love different music when I am in different moods.