It was with sadness that I discovered the ladies at Reverb would not be doing a 2011 blogstravaganza. So Noorin Fazal and myself decided to come up with our own prompts and run our very own little Reverb11. Here goes!
In the past year, think about an experience with music or sound that really moved you. Describe this experience; what makes it so memorable?
Music fuels me. Anyone who has spent enough time around me knows I can’t go for very long without humming a tune or singing along to whatever song is floating by. I often don’t even know I’m doing it – it’s a subconscious reaction to a medium that weaves around my thoughts and keeps my spirit moving. I wish I could say I was a better musician myself. I usually hit a few wrong notes along the way. But despite my lack of precision, I just can’t seem to turn off the musical switch inside me.
Recent forays into learning ‘how to play the guitar’ have left me with a newfound respect for those who can strum a song with their eyes closed and make magic happen with a few simple movements. So far, hand cramps and a lack of dexterity have kept me strumming the same few chords in the hopes that someday soon, I’ll be able to create some magic too.
One of the most incredible musical experiences I had this year was a John Butler Trio performance at the Squamish Live festival– an incredible display of guitar prowess, and a whole body revelation. Watching his fingers move across those six strings is like watching a new world take shape. Being there, in a massive crowd of people (with a few amazing friends) and feeling their rhythms take hold was more powerful than anything else I experienced that weekend. Needless to say, the John Butler Trio’s music was on repeat in my car for weeks – incessant attempts to relive that feeling of heartfelt joy and wonder, surrounded by mountain peaks.