Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Music moves me

This is a running blog - I know - but I love music and it is an integral part of my life and my running. Music moves me.

There is an interview that Chris Thile and Noam Pikelny of the Punch Brothers did with The Wall Street Journal on youtube here ---> link

They talk about the complexity of their music and how they find it challenging. I like listening to music that has intricacy but there are times that after a while I get to the point where I say to myself, “Yes it is incredibly impressive that you can play that but after a couple of listens it is getting really old. “

But music that has complexity and yet communicates something well and has a soul – that is the most satisfying kind of music.

To kind of paraphrase Chris Thile: “If you are going to make an appeal to the head you must also appeal to the heart and the gut. You want music that dances as well as it thinks. It must be visceral and communal.”

And that is why the Punch Brothers new album is so good. It speaks to my intellect and my emotion. Few bands can do that well but the ones who do are the ones I enjoy listening to most.

The music I listen to may be different from what you like, but today listen to some music that moves you.