Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Jan 26. Listen Up
Then Yo La Tengo walked out. And they were completely NOT what I was expecting at all. (Even though I LOVE a few of their songs, I only happened upon them when I snatched up their cd at the library a few years ago. I didn't know anything about them or their band.) In fact, I didn't realize it, but when I had looked at their merchandise and briefly talked to the curly-fro'd man behind the table, I had been talking to Ira Kaplan... he's in the band. Anyway, they played a bunch of ear-splitting noise that I wasn't too fond of and then ended with some beautiful ballads. I only knew 1 song. But it made me realize how powerful music can be. It can take you back to a time, a place, a person. It has hidden meaning and deep messages understood on a level beyond that of the mind. Music has been proven to relieve pain, reduce stress, stimulate brain cells, boost exercise performance, promote sound sleeping, increase optimism, make socializing easier, and aid in spiritual health as well.
So whether you're a fan of classical, world, acoustic, country, alternative, folk, or zydeco, play something you love and Listen UP.