Tag Archives: Simplicity

Share Your Passion: Alison Krauss and Union Station.

28 Apr

Tonight, in approximately 4 hours, I’ll be with my mom in Columbia about to hear Alison Krauss and Union Station perform live! As I’ve said in previous posts, my parents listened to Alison Krauss and Union Station a lot as I was growing up (as well as Shawn Colvin and Emmylou Harris), so her music has a strong connection to my childhood. I’ve wanted to hear Alison Krauss perform live for a long time, and I’m really glad that I’m finally getting the opportunity.

I’ve always been drawn to bluegrass. Since I’ve lived in the mountains since August, I’ve gotten an even broader view of “mountain music.” However, for me, bluegrass will always be its defining feature for me. In general, I love music. I think Alison’s voice is what draws me most to her music though. It’s simple, but at the same time, it’s so deeply beautiful (at least that is my opinion of it).

I can’t wait to experience her music live. I talked to a friend a few months back who’s seen her live, and she said that the concert was simply magical. However, I’d expect no less from Alison Krauss. I was watching an interview she had with PBS last December, and I never realized that entered the music scene at such an early age. She recorded for the first time when she was 14! That blows my mind, but at the same time, I’m not all that surprised.

She has a true gift for music. Anyone can see that. And whether you’re a gifted musician or a gifted writer, you’ve got to share your passion. It took me a long time to understand that concept. However, when I realized how much I wanted to share my own story, I guess the concept was easier to grasp. In terms of being an artist or a writer, it’s not that we want to make money (though that is definitely important when you’re trying to make a living). It’s the fact that we express ourselves through our music or words. It’s what gives us meaning in our lives. And when you’ve got the need the express that passion or dream with others, you find a way to do it.

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A Jar Full Of Stars.

25 Nov

“Dark clouds may hang on me sometimes, but I’ll work it out.”-Dave Matthews Band.

Pacolet Falls, NC

Though I feel like many of my posts have been about finding happiness in the simple things, tonight it was true example of doing just that. I had a hard, but rewarding day of hiking to a nearby waterfall with my family. The waterfall was just as pretty as I remember it being as a kid, but the trek there and back was difficult for me. Yes, I did it, but I’m definitely feeling the effects of it now. However, that’s beside the point. Anyway, when my parents and I got back to our mountain house, I got out of the car. The first thing I did was look straight up to see a dark sky filled with stars. Since we live out in the woods and not many people live near us, it’s dark enough out to see the stars, and it honestly took my breath away. I felt like I could just reach up and grab some stars and put them in a jar. A jar full of stars all for me.

Yes, star-gazing is a very simple act, but it brought me happiness today. I had a hard day of hiking, and I feel like it was all worth it because at the end of a good day with my family I got to see a sky full of stars. No, stars are not foreign to me, but since I live in Asheville, I don’t see the stars much. Though I love Asheville, I didn’t realize how much the city lights can obscure your view of the stars. So, it was a nice treat tonight to gaze up and be able to just be filled with happiness.

What simple thing has brought you happiness today?