Never before in my life have I recalled a time where music has been so important to me than now. I started to notice it more when I started playing in a band again earlier this year and after seeing Dream Theater in October. Dream Theater is a progressive metal band for those of you who may not know. Their show was mind-blowing. Not because of special effects, pyrotechnics, or any sort of glitz and glamour, it was because of their musicianship. They are absolute music virtuosos. It was refreshing to see that and it was a night where every emotion was stirred…by their music, their talent, and their love for music.
For those who don’t know, I play drums and I’m a co-lead singer for our group Cast No Stones. I consider myself to be a fair drummer and singer. It’s hard to put into the words the feeling I get from using all of the limbs in my body to create music from an inanimate object. The snap of a snare drum, the crash of a cymbal, the thump of the bass drum, they all awake the sinews throughout the body and loosen them up and enable me to bring my drum set to life.
Mark plays guitars and when I say he plays guitars, that’s an understatement. He is a genius when it comes to guitars. We are a trio which makes us limited to what music we can play…or so you’d think. Mark has a way of implementing the guitar in place of keyboards in certain songs, so much so that you don’t even notice that they are missing, unless you are a keyboardist lol. Mark is a true master of the guitar.
Steve plays bass guitar and is the other lead singer of our group. Both of us are new to lead singing but we bring different voices to the music we play and in the end, it works. Steve has a deep voice that works perfectly with the outlaw country and older country music that we play. He has commanding yet smooth voice and if you were to close your eyes when he sings, you’d swear that you were listening to Chris LeDoux. Just like his singing, his bass playing is powerful yet subtle when needed, a true master of his art.
Music has a way of stirring the soul. No matter what kind of music it is; if it moves you, it moves you. Music has always been a part of my life. I can remember the voices of Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Johnny Rodriguez coming from the record player in our living room as a child. I remember the sound of the cannon blast coming over the AM airwaves from the Mexican radio station “Radio Cannon” the closer that we got to El Paso, TX while going to visit my grandparents. I’ve had thousands of moments and memories like this throughout my life that I will always cherish and it is all because of music.
Although my parents may have been the first ones to introduce me to music, it has been God who gave me the gift to play and appreciate the beauty that lies between the notes. So today my friends, go out and find that song that moves you. Let it stir your soul as you feel your heart race. Don’t just listen to it, feel it, and allow it to move you to a better place.
Until next time, Buen Camino!