The Power Of Music

By Jamie Knobler
February 13, 2003

Steph Mangold

I know in today’s society music is a very important part of our culture. Our generation has grown up watching MTV and making music represent us. As I laid down in bed last night I thought a lot about what was important to me. Anyone who knows me or who followed my last perspective knows the importance of music in my life. But what’s different from knowing how important it is to me and how it makes me feel its completely different. I want to focus on one artist in particular. Butch Walker. Butch is an incredible songwriter, guitar player, and vocalist. He fronted a band called the Marvelous 3. When they broke up he found a new label and started a solo project. He puts on an amazing live performance, and his recorded albums are something I will never get tired of. I listen to a lot of music. Music has shaped my character to who it is I am today, but I can honestly say that none of the other bands that I have EVER listened to has made me feel the way that the Marvelous 3’s ‘Ready Sex Go’ has. I don’t know if many people can say they’ve ever felt that way before, or had an artist make such an impact on their feelings.

It’s that feeling you get when you’re really exited or are anxiously awaiting for something great to happen. I get that listening to that man almost every single time. He’s like my therapist and my encouragement. Feeling that positive from something that means so much to me should be like a dream. The only thing better than listening to his CDs and seeing him live is spending time with him. After every show he comes out to talk to his fans. After several times of doing this Butch recognizes me and has gotten me into shows that would have restricted me because of age.

I guess what I’m trying to say is I feel so fortunate to have such a passion for music the way I do. When I try and explain this to people sometimes I get the weirdest reactions. I think it’s because it’s not something everyone can understand like I do. But that explains why I do the things I do. It’s why I drive to Chicago to see a band play, or take a road trip with friends and sleep in a van overnight in Pittsburgh. It’s something I don’t think twice about doing, but to others it’s absurd. It’s what I feel most passionate for in my life.

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