Week of October 20, 2014: I’m With the Band

I’m With the Band…
10/20/2014

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”- Bob Marley
One thing that binds friends and folks of all kinds is music. Someone once said to me, if you want to know if you’re going to get along with someone just look at their playlist. And for the most part, that seems to hold true.
Music is the great unifier. It has forged some unshakable unions. It’s united friends and brought together lovers. It’s brought about the birth of children. It’s underscored times of great happiness and joy and has comforted in times of great pain and sorrow.
People might not listen to the same genres, or like the same bands, or express their love for it in the same way, but if you’re a music lover- you just get it. And if you find someone who shares your passion for the same music, it can forge a bond like no other.
Sometimes there is no right word to express how we are feeling, or what we are thinking. There isn’t always a good way to make someone understand what you’ve been through, or what you’re going through, or what you need. But music, music always gets its point across. The right melody, the right lyric, and it’s all there, all laid out before you.
Music is a vessel. It’s a release. A connection maker. A spiritual enlightening. It gives you wings when you need to fly, and roots when you need to be grounded. It can make you feel an emotion, or for that matter every emotion, all in the duration of a 5 minute piece. Nothing bonds people quite like the love of music. This week we’ll be sharing some of the stories we heard and things people shared as we went out for an evening of musical enjoyment including the Philly based band Steal Your Face and talked to some of the people who were out for a night of musical enjoyment, including the band’s own Paul Baroli Jr.
As varied as the people we meet were, as different as their lives, their hopes, their worlds may be, music is a common denominator for them all. It draws people together and keeps them together.
Music is an instant uniter… a unifier.

**This week we explore the common thread of music…what will you contribute to the conversation? Tell us what music moves you!**

4 Comments
Mike10/20/2014 3:14pm
I do not have a genre that moves me more than others, even though classic rock is an easy go-to. There are countless times while listening that a memory of a time or emotion comes to mind. Whether it is Perry Como’s “Catch a Falling Star” reminding me of my grandmothers house, or Rolling Stone’s “Salt of the Earth” allowing me to fondly remember any loved ones that have past. I enjoy listening to wide ranging music, Patsy Cline to Led Zeppelin sometimes in the same playlist is a “Journey to the Center of the Mind”

One unified10/20/2014 3:53pm
Thank you, Mike, for your comments. That really is the magic of music; the powerful flood of memories that come from just a few notes. Having diversity in our taste of music is a gift…not limiting us to new sounds, new experiences. Once again, thank you for not only visiting one, unified. but for your input. Please share our page with your friends.

Valerie 10/20/2014 10:01pm
I love it! Music is in all our heart’s and connected to our most important memories! Every song bring a memory.

One unified10/21/2014 7:53am
So true Valerie. It’s a beautiful thing. Thank you for writing!

I’m With the Band…
10/21/2014

Music is my religion” ~ Jimi Hendrix

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WHY IS MUSIC SO IMPORTANT TO YOU?
“For me, I’m not really religious, I’d say I’m more spiritual. Music for me takes me to that spiritual level. It releases a lot of stress from work and makes me feel good. For me it’s like religion, because I don’t have that.”

IS THERE ONE PARTICULAR STYLE OF MUSIC YOU LISTEN TO MOST AND WHAT DICTATES WHAT YOU LISTEN TO?
“My mood definitely dictates what I listen to. I love the Grateful Dead. I love jam bands. So I come to see Steal Your Face. After a show, I’m usually up and happy, so I’ll go home and listen to Aretha Franklin or something… I love Sam Cook. I love all that old stuff. I just go home and rock out in my living room to top it off, that just kind of finishes it.”

IS THAT YOUR HAPPY ENDING?
“That’s my happy ending. Just dancing around in my living room and having a good time.
[At shows] I just close my eyes and get into my own world and I close everything out. I don’t care if anyone else is dancing, I don’t need to have drinks in me. I have to get right in there. I don’t exercise, I don’t run, this is my release, like the way people run or do yoga or whatever.”

6 Comments
Billy Luber10/21/2014 8:56pm
I am lucky to understand the power of music.There is nothing like feeling a song so deeply that it grabs your soul. Music is the greatest gift ever given to me.

Michelle10/21/2014 10:23pm
You and me both my friend!!

One unified10/21/2014 10:01pm
A big AMEN to that! Thank you for visiting and commenting.

sheryl10/22/2014 7:38am
Hi Heather I thought I was the only one who danced alone in my living room LOL keep on dancing

One, Unified.10/22/2014 9:23am
I think most of us do that either secretly or not, from time to time. 🙂 Thanks for your comment and for joining the conversation!

Drew10/22/2014 7:28pm
HEATHER!!! Dance dance dance!

I’m With The Band…
10/22/2014

“Music is the universal language of mankind” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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ARE YOU PURELY A MUSIC FAN OR DO YOU HAVE ANY MUSICAL TALENT OR ASPIRATIONS?
“I am a music fan by nature and have also played just about every instrument… but never really excelled in any particular one, other than the guitar or percussion.”

DO YOU EVER WISH YOU WOULD’VE PURSUED IT FURTHER?
“There was definitely a period in my life that I wanted to pursue it and thought it would be so righteous essentially, to live that way and be able to play music for a living; to play for other people and get that pure gratification for yourself and to give to others.”

“WHAT WOULD YOU SAY STOPPED YOU FROM PURSUING IT?”
“Kids. Careers. Life. Marriages. Divorces. Life again. But the music never stopped, you can always still do it.”

“DO YOU STILL PLAY?”
“I try to pick up the guitar when I can. They stare at me from various rooms. I have four guitars, a mandolin, drums, keyboards, other instruments. But recently I started to try to play like one song a day. That was my old mantra, that whenever I got home or in the morning that I’d play one song.”

IF YOU HAD A THEME SONG, WHAT DO YOU THINK IT WOULD IT BE?
“It would probably be some soundtrack to a cheesy 80’s sitcom that I’ve seen like very episode of. It ranges from like Bosom Buddies to Welcome Back Kotter.”

*Join the conversation. Do you have any musical talents? Ever dreamt of pursuing them professionally? What’s stopping you?*

I’m With The Band…
10/23/2014
imageThe function of music is to release us from the tyranny of conscious thought” ~ Sir Thomas Beecham

HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED PURSUING MUSIC PROFESSIONALLY IN ANY WAY? OR ARE YOU SIMPLY A FAN?
“Sure. I’ve managed bands. It’s a thankless job that I probably wouldn’t do again unless I really liked the band. I wouldn’t do it for money. There’s no money in it, hardly, anymore. But other than that, yeah there’s plenty of things. I was a chef for a couple of years for bands too.”

FROM A FAN PERSPECTIVE, A MUSIC LOVERS PERSPECTIVE, WHY IS MUSIC IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Well, when I was younger it seemed like music was like an escape in a way… from “normal” life. These days I mostly listen to a bit more political stuff. Punk, political. Not as much jam bands or things like that anymore. If the band doesn’t really have a message that I’m into, I probably won’t listen to them.

WOULD YOU SAY THAT THE MUSIC REFLECTS YOUR MOOD?
Yeah. Definitely.

*Join the conversation. Visit our Facebook page and tell us what music does for YOU!*

I’m With The Band…
10/24/2014

Music is the soundtrack of your life” ~ Dick Clark
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DO YOU ENJOY MORE THAN ONE GENRE OF MUSIC?
“Music is the genre.”

SO WHAT DO YOU LISTEN TO THE MOST?
“I guess in the car, it’s whatever the radio is playing. “They” say I listen to Katie Perry. Nothing wrong with a little Katie Perry. Everybody’s gotta get down to Katie Perry every once in a while.”

HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO PURSUE MUSIC?
“I guess the answer is yes because I bought a guitar. When I had time to start to learn is when I would learn to play. I haven’t found that time yet.”

IF YOU HAD A THEME SONG, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
“Lost in the Flood” or “Spirit in the Night”

I’m With The Band…
10/25/2014

“Music is the tonal reflection of beauty” ~ Duke Ellington
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WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO THE MOST?
Jam bands, classic rock. Like moe, The Grateful Dead, Umphrey’s McGee…

WHAT DO YOU THINK IT IS ABOUT THAT TYPE OF MUSIC THAT SPEAKS TO YOU?
“Just listening to it, the emotion, the mood, it makes you feel good and happy inside. The fans, the people I’ve met there, the communities.”

AS SOMEONE THAT’S SEEN A LOT OF LIVE MUSIC, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE EXPERIENCE SO FAR?
“As a whole, seeing a band on a cruise ship. I saw Moe. They played five nights on a seven day cruise. I got to see all of the five shows, then see islands like Jamaica and Puerto Rico.”

“DO YOU FEEL THAT THE MUSIC ENHANCED THE EXPERIENCE OF SEING THOSE ISLANDS?
“Yeah, definitely.”

IF YOU HAD A THEME SONG, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
“Ok, alright” [By moe.]

I’m With The Band…
10/26/2014

If you get confused listen to the music play” ~ Robert Hunter
*All of this week’s interviews were done with people out seeing live music. We thought it would be fitting to finish up this week of music interviews by talking with Paul Baroli Jr. of Steal Your Face Band.*

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR FAVORITE MUSICAL EXPERIENCE?
“Oh my God! That is such a question!
…The next one!”

WHO’S BEEN YOUR BIGGEST MUSICAL INFLUENCE?
“Jerry [Garcia], has to be Jerry, without a doubt.”

WHY JERRY?
“Nothing else ever touched me as much and just moved my soul that much. I just wanted to dig deeper and deeper and find out more and more and hear more and more. The more I heard, the more I loved it.

IS THAT WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY OR DID YOU ALREADY HAVE AN INTEREST?
“No, I was playing my whole life. As a kid, I took some trumpet lessons. I was in the whole music track type of thing. I didn’t really know what to do with it. I wasn’t really meant for the things I was doing then. I was playing in classic rock bands, a little of this, a little of that. Until I put it all together! That this is the music I love, this is what I love to go see, this is where I spend my time, that I was pursuing and playing that music and getting the band together…that’s when it came together.”
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