“Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.”
~ Sarah Dessen
It should be noted, however, that this is by no means a cut on him as he is one of the funniest guys I've ever met. It should also be noted that given my status as a 42 year old mom, I fit right in. No. Not really. But they welcome me with open arms regardless.
Hanging w/ Sam
Sam is 21 so I was surprised when he responded with the 70s era funk band, Parliament. I agreed that they would have been a killer show to experience. He asked me who I'd see for which I always have the same answer....the legend, Bob Marley. So, then we asked the rest of the crew who their picks would be. Doug landed on David Bowie with Beastie Boys as a close second. Nick threw out The Highwaymen, a country music supergroup from the 80s and 90s made up of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. Again, not what I'd expected, but a solid choice.
After that, we decided to have a little fun and throw the question out to all the skiers who were coming through.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
We watched as people skied up to the lift, read the board and then thought about their answer (or didn't). Not everyone was into it, but a lot were and many jumped on the opportunity to share their thoughts. If they didn't have one right off the bat, they'd chew on it while the road up, then ski down and give us their answer. The responses were all over the map. Some of the artists I'd never heard of (Harry Chapin, Mother Lovebones, Richie Haven) others were on my own list (Talking Heads, English Beat, Traveling Wilburys). Led Zeppelin was the clear winner. Beatles a close second. In the end, most genres were covered - country, classic rock, alternative rock, jazz and so on. But the really cool thing was seeing the impact this one question had on the energy of the crowd. People were smiling, laughing, chatting with strangers, chatting with us. Not to sound cheesy but everything felt so good and right at the moment. The beauty of it all? There was no right or wrong answer. We respected each other's choices regardless of whether we agreed or disagreed with them. Music is such a powerful force. It moves us beyond words. It tells our stories. It shapes our lives. And not only did our answers reflect this but they brought us together just for that moment. Because, what it comes down to is that music is a universal language. It is available to all of us. And it is a medium that is shared freely across the board. There are not many things out there, particularly in our current state of affairs, that have the ability to move us all in such a positive way. And that is pretty spectacular, isn't it?
The Jerry Garcia Band
Credence Clearwater Revival
The Allman Brothers Band (original lineup)
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Alice In Chains
Listen to this:
Machine by Misterwives