The Magic of Music

    Corny it sounds, yes, but in all honesty music is magic, or so it is to me. This last week I have gone on quite the adventure with music and I loved every stop I made along the way. In the start of the week I had tests in Geometry where our teacher lets us listen to music as we take the online tests. Most kids are either listening to rap, country, or some sort of heavy metal band. Not me though, nope, I am listening to Pandora. Yes good old Pandora. People seem to not like Pandora anymore and have moved on to things like iTunes radio or Spotifiy. Not me though, I am on my favorite Pandora station, the Dubliner’s station. This type of music cheers me up all the time; I love to listen to bands such as the FLogging Mollys sing “The likes of you” or listen to different variations of the song ” Irish Rover” sung by various musicians. What I like to hear most though is defiantly Fiddlers Green. That song brings back good memories from when I did the show Twelfth Night in 2011. It was one of my first major roles playing Sebastian, and the work and effort put into doing Shakespeare always makes me smile. 

     You know how you can always find a gem now and again in the music world, like a rare cd or a solo album no one remembers? Well this week was my break to find a gem. I happened to be moseying around the 5 dollar cd section at Barns and Nobles the other day while my friend Sara was out searching for a new book in a serious which I will get to some other time. My Gem I found was a CD called “Breakaway.” It is a gem I say because it is a solo album by the one and only, Art Garfunkel. You see, I happen to love Simon and Garfunkel, so coming across this instantly caught my attention. This album is very much different then his work with his old companion Paul Simon. I actually happen to like the different stuff though. Art has a very unique voice that many musicians cannot pull off let alone try to duplicate, that is why I love it so much. The Album itself is fantastic, I was able to see the meaning in what he had to say and it was just tremendous, better to understand then the other CD I happened to have bought while I was there too.

     I also purchased myself a Bob Dylan Cd, a very odd Bob Dylan Cd. The title for this one was “Self Portrait.” Now, I have listened to this album about twenty times now, and I still haven’t gotten to its meaning. I am not going to lie it is very odd and kind of caught me off guard for a Bob Dylan Cd. He has on this album multiple styles of singing and music. I have heard a somewhat country tone, a typical folk tone, and others that I’m not really sure what it is. Regardless to say it is a very good album. I might not understand it yet, but it is pretty solid and I hope to crack open its meaning soon.


     Lastly, Music is magic because it really can do some real good in this world. This past week has been a little rough, long days, lots of work, and lot of stress. Luckily I have amazing friends who loved to talk about stuff and really help a guy out. As I was letting out some hot air to my friend Melody, she happened to listen and just be there and it was nice. What does this have to do with music you may ask? Well I am getting there, as I got home and checked my social media networks, there was a post on my Facebook wall from her. It was a song. I had never heard this song before but it really got a guys mood up.  The song is called “Brighter Days” by Eddie Kirkland. Take a listen for yourself when you are down, and then try to tell me Music isn’t magic. Until next time, I hope you are living bright days.

-Ben Colwell


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