The Power of Music

  1. “Where words leave off, music begins.” 

― Heinrich Heine

Low Down Brass Band – High energy brass band with a little rap, a little reggae, and a lot of funk and soul.

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!” 
― J.K. Rowling

The Belle Weather – Beautiful music with a stand-up bass, violin and cello, but the vocals were just okay.

“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.” 
― Edward Bulwer Lytton

Cory Chisel – Founder of The Mile of Music.

“Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.” 
― Hunter S. Thompson

Roots of a Rebellion – Reggae Rock jam band based out of Nashville. No twangs here, but they put on a great show.

This past Saturday, a friend and I spent the entire day in downtown Appleton, at Mile of Music, an annual four-day music festival in its seventh year…or Mile 7. The festival is held along a one mile stretch of the downtown, with about 200 up-and-coming artists putting on around 900 shows over the four days, at various venues. One of the venues is a new amphitheater in a recently remodeled Jones Park that can accommodate a large crowd. Friend and I decided this year that one day is not enough, so we’re planning for Friday and Saturday next year. We both love music and are willing to explore many genres during the festival. Watching and listening to a live band or performer is far different than listening to a recording – it’s why I don’t mind country music, a jazz singer or even rap at this event. The artists are talented and the music is cool.

That being said, one of our favorites on Saturday was Dan Rodriguez, singer and musician from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has a very easy listening voice and writes wonderful songs. Take a listen and enjoy the power of music.

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26 responses to The Power of Music

  1. conspicari says:

    Looks like you had a great choice of musicians to see, so many genre’s. Like the Dan Rodriguez track. Sadly not so much going on in my home town this year.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      There are far too many acts to see in one day…about 200. Although I doubt I will get to all of them in two days. It’s a great festival that was started here, with great success.

  2. beth says:

    how wonderful that you went to this wonderful event. music changes and inspires everything.

  3. Ally Bean says:

    Sounds like fun. I can imagine how inspiring it’d be to spend a day just letting the music change you. Cool beans.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Ally, I can’t imagine ever living without music. I play it in my car, at work, and at home, but hearing it live is the best method of all.

  4. Dan Antion says:

    That sounds like a great event. I’m listening to Dan Rodriguez (good name) right now. I like him. Music is special. I agree with your reply above, I can’t imagine living without it.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Mr. Rodriguez has such a smooth voice. I hope he comes out with a new EP or album soon…I would buy it.

  5. Shelley says:

    Oh, my, goodness…I didn’t know of Dan from Minneapolis. That song is great – thank you for sharing. Lucky you to have such a fun fest to visit. Maybe worth a road trip across the state, eh?

    • bikerchick57 says:

      If you love music, this is absolutely worth the trip and I’d buy you a beer. I heard about Dan from prior years, bt always missed his performance until this year. Glad you liked the song!

  6. M-R says:

    This is what alerted me to your Joe Jackson – such utterly delightful music, M-J !
    Of course, the video is pretty delightful, too. 🙂
    But, as the truly wonderful Roberto Benigno sang on a magical night in Arezzo, so many years ago –
    «e quando non bastano le parole … c’è — la musica …».

  7. bikerchick57 says:

    I can’t stop listening to the song and Mr. Rodriguez. Bought 3 of his CD’s. I’m a fan now. Roberto sang the truth!

  8. Great song. Love it. The festival sounds amazing.
    Music is my secret weapon in my job. It’s incredible the way the kids respond. The other day I was singing The Lion Sleeps Tonight and one kid with big behavioural challenges was playing on a little classroom guitar. He got up and stood next to me and totally rocked out playing and singing. I thought my heart would burst.

  9. joey says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed it and I’m glad you’ve decided to allot more time to it in the future 🙂

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