I have been blessed to have many wonderful musicians, singers and songwriters on Between the Lines. From Ray Manzarek and John Densmore of The Doors to Richie Havens and Janis Ian.  And musical guests as diverse as Mickey Hart,  one of the co-founders of The Grateful Dead, Chaka Khan, avant-garde pianist Sandy Owens  and Country Western singer/songwriter Larry Dean.
This week in Los Angeles and many of my markets across the country we go to some of the early roots of rock and roll with Gary U.S. Bonds  and his autobiography, By U.S. Bonds.

In our conversation he mentioned how Sam Cooke influenced him by saying: “Do something Bonds!” Sam meant that more important than just singing was to bring your soul into your performance.

When Gary started doing that his success followed right behind. In fact, Bruce Springsteen at an early age felt that soul come out of Gary and said that he became one of The Boss’s big influences and Gary and Bruce even play together on certain occasion to this day.

I remember my conversation with the late Ray Manzarek who said that he was not only aware of the soul in The Doors music, but believed that what the music did was actually penetrate the chakras in our body, not just our ears. That music can literally be absorbed by our cells and felt as much as heard. When I spoke about this with The Doors drummer, John Densmore he at first was taken aback by how powerful that sounded and then too realized how beautiful it was.

In fact, when meeting Richie Havens, the soulful experience must have exuded from his pores because when in his presence you actually feel it and it soothes you just being near him.

So next time you listen to any of the music in your life that moves you, remember, the music literally is in you. Feel it and enjoy where it takes you, for as Janis Ian so eloquently put it, “It’s all about the journey”.


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5 thoughts on “THE MUSIC IN ME

  1. Thank you for reminding us of the magical influence and impact that music can have in our lives, on so many levels. Even in the medical field, music has been proven to boost patients' morale, memory, strength and recovery in inexplainable ways – other than the music touched an inner chord of the soul somewhere.
    Animals respond to music too – there is a story about one aged Lipizzaner Stallion, too old to perform, while in his meadow far away heard the distant strains of the classical music he was so accustomed to performing his routine to. He pricked his ears, arched his neck and threw out his old crooked limbs as best he could, gallantly completing his solo dance
    simply for the love of it.


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