Last night, I was chatting about music with fellow author David Bain on Twitter. In particular, we were talking about Pearl Jam, which happens to be my favorite band. It got me thinking about why some bands speak to me over many years, even as they grow and change and experiment, while others come and go. Since I have been an avid PJ fan for their entire twenty-year career, liking their music better and better with each new release, it's probably safe to say they are one of those bands that will always speak to me.
Why is that? Of course, I could go with an easy cliche answer and explain their "staying power" by saying they are exceptionally gifted. Although true, I don't think that covers it. I certainly would not dare try to answer this question in any broad sense because music is an intimate experience, different for each of us. But, since my love of music has been front and center in my mind this weekend while I drove the long hours to and from Syl's Memorial Party, I have been pondering this for myself. I kept thinking about certain musicians and why they made Syl so happy, while pondering what other musicians have given to my life.
One thing is for sure, when it comes to my own Creative Antics Pearl Jam takes center stage. So, personally, some of the answers lie in their ability to inspire me. There is something about their music that sparks my creative urges. No, that's not right. Their music doesn't just spark these urges, it lights them on fire. If I am feeling down and having trouble finding my creative energy, I can always put them on, turn up the volume, and, suddenly, things are flowing again. It's brilliant! So, I offer a little bit of advice to all of you fellow creative people. Find some music that energizes you, that really lights you up, and keep it handy for those dreaded creative slumps. Then, turn it on and turn it up! You might find it helpful.
And, of course, in honor of Pearl Jam's 20th Anniversary, here's my favorite song so far: