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Oct122015

When are you ready?

Today is Columbus Day, which is a wreck of a holiday if you ask me, or, I imagine any person who lived in North America and their descendante, before Columbus came to the Americas. This dubious holiday has earned my children the day off of school. In North Texas, truth be told, it would be more accurate for us to say that, for our school-aged children, we don't actually celebrate Columbus Day but rather what we really celebrate is "State Fair Day." And "State Fair Day" is exactly what my kids celebrated, along with my wife and her parents. Unfotunatley, I had a meeting and some other work to attend to today and so I missed "State Fair Day" (and all the fried food that will, mostly likely take a year or so off your life but is arguably worth the ingestion) and as I was washing the dishes this evening I threw on the tv a Ben Folds Five concert that I had recorded on a whim. 

I figured this would be an efficient way to kill two birds with one stone but what happened in the first few measures of the concert was amazing! The music positvely arrested me! I was pretty much completely engrossed for the first few tunes, wondering, "where has this been!"

Now, it's not like I have never heard Ben Folds before, I'm certainly aware of his music, it's just that this was different. The experience was visceral. As I said on twitter regarding the experience, I work a lot and it's great! I love what I do but sometimes in my busyness I miss things, especially because I work on the weekends. For example, I kinda missed out on brunch for most of my aduit life and then after having if several years ago on vacation it was phenomenal! Sometimes I wonder why folks come to church at all, when brunch is an option!!! Thank goodness for the work of the Spirit!

I either must be busy or generally clueless about any life outside of my own. I don't think that's the case but sometimes I wonder!

As I was trying to figure out the instant connection I went on to google and ended up on Ben Folds Wikipedia page and realized that I had seen him in concert (opening for the Barenaked Ladies) two summers ago!!!! What?!?!  How is it possible that I'm just getting this music now?

I listen to several under-50 male pianist/singers (and back a few up!) all the time and how is it I missed this connection? Was it that I told myself that I just didn't have room for one more stereotypical white guy behind a piano who uses falsetto nicely? (Now that's a narrow category!)

Or was it that I just wasn't ready?

I suspect this is the case? 

I don't think it's a musical sophistication thing, not to say that his music isn't sophisticated, it certainly is, I think the 'being ready' piece is one of the great mysteries of life. Why is it that we completely don't resonate with something one year and then another we do?

I'm not sure but I can tell you this much: I'm thankful to have a new artist in my musical listening life!

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