Greek philosopher Plato once said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
As the newest columnist for the Southern Standard, I would like to introduce myself and discuss what my column will focus on. As a music enthusiast and lover of all things creative, I will be writing about those subjects on a community level, as well as happenings in the overall music and entertainment industries. I will also be focusing on some issues and cultural events that are meaningful to me.
Music is extremely important, not only to me, but almost everyone. It allows us to feel certain emotions and express those when we would otherwise not be able to. As cliché as it sounds, music is the soundtrack to our lives.
One of the things I love most about music is its ability to unite, regardless of race, gender, social standing, cultural differences or anything else that might otherwise separate us. I’m going to start this column off with a roundup of my own favorite bands, musicians and singer-songwriters.
This is my Top 5 List, in no particular order. Ryan Adams, not Bryan Adams as most people think I’m saying, is an amazing folk rock singer-songwriter who has the ability to accentuate the deepest of feelings, whether those are sadness, longing or love. When I feel the need to have a connection with someone who can better express these feelings, I always turn to Ryan Adams. He has been described as the Bob Dylan of our generation with his immense talent in lyricism.
My hands-down favorite classic rock band is Led Zeppelin. Robert Plant’s vocals combined with Jimmy Page’s guitar create the ultimate smooth, sultry and rocking combination that makes Led Zeppelin, well, Led Zeppelin, one of the greatest bands to ever exist, in my opinion.
The Pixies are my ultimate rock band for when I want to let go, jam out and let my hair down, which typically happens while singing loudly in my car and making awkward dance movements. The Pixies have inspired numerous amounts of some of the most popular bands in current rock.
The National is so important to me when it comes to lead singer, Matt Berninger’s extreme talent with writing lyrics that relate to me deeply and exploring emotions that are sometimes hard to process. Their depth is impressive and every album has its own unique sound.
Last, but not least is Radiohead. They represent so much of my teenage years, yet I am always inspired and blown away while listening to every one of their albums. Radiohead has the rare power of their music never growing old.
I would suggest listening to some of these great artists, but I would also love to be introduced to some of your own personal favorites. I am ending this column with one last quote from one of my favorite Beatnik poets, Jack Kerouac, who said, “The only truth is music.”
Standard reporter Atlanta Northcutt can be reached at 473-2191.