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The Heart of Music

The heart is a vessel, music is the lifeblood.

It’s hard to describe what happens to me when I strap on my guitar and strum the first chord of the first song of the first set. Something or someone else takes control, directing every move, every chord change, every word. I’m just the vessel, the transportation; destination unknown.

I think the heart of music is each of us, all of our hearts combined to form many vessels, many forms of transportation, with many unknown destinations. The beauty of all that is we don’t need to understand the heart itself, we just need to feel the body that contains it. But how is that possible?

Make a playlist of 20 or 25 of your favorite songs, then share that with someone, anyone, and ask them to make one and share it with you. I’m convinced that if we do that it just might be possible to feel, to see each other again. And heal ourselves from the hatred and division that has infected us.

Here’s a playlist of 20 of my favorites in no particular order. I know it might be hard for some of you to list only 20, or maybe even two or three, but even if it’s just one song that touches you in a special way, share it here with us in a comment. And then go out and feel the bodies of music all around you.

  1. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (Bob Dylan)
  2. Slither (Mandolin Orange)
  3. Misty’s Nightmares 1 & 2 (Father John Misty)
  4. Love is All (The Tallest Man On Earth)
  5. She Lit a Fire (Lord Huron)
  6. Over The Rainbow (Eva Cassidy)
  7. Red Light (The Paper Kites)
  8. Cedar Lane (First Aid Kit)
  9. Blacktop (Julien Baker)
  10. Holocene (Bon Iver)
  11. Tennessee Whiskey (Chris Stapleton)
  12. Hey Hey What Can I Do (Led Zeppelin)
  13. Hotel California (Eagles)
  14. How To Forget (Jason Isbell)
  15. Wooden Ships (Crosby, Stills & Nash)
  16. Pink Rabbits (The National)
  17. The House That Built Me (Miranda Lambert)
  18. I Can Almost See You (Hammock)
  19. Am I Going Up (All Them Witches)
  20. Blue Moon of Kentucky (Bill Monroe)

By TC Conner

Freelance writer/photographer, musician, husband and father.

9 replies on “The Heart of Music”

Hi there TC- enjoyed the way you started about music and your experience with it as a musician –
I am Going to
Check out some of your songs from the list you shared – I know a handful of them.
And one song that is special to me from the last year or two is
“Take it all back” by Judah and the Lion

Hi there Prior (not your real name?), I’ve heard of Judah and the Lion but never really listened to any of their music. I just perked my ears up for “Take It All Back” and liked that one. I also read a little about Judah’s family troubles and I can relate. Thanks for commenting!

Hi – Prior is my real name 😉
But I Have many handles my friend
– and i did not know much about Judah or his troubles – just know two songs from the band – and glad you liked the one I mentioned
– 😉

Yes – but the other is my last name –
I don’t really like using my first name on social media but some folks insist and I oblige –
But my preference is the name on my comments

Hey Prior, I don’t like to use my first name on social media either! But now that I know your’s I feel obliged to tell you mine – Terry. But please refrain from using that and stick with plain ol’ TC. 😎

Hi – I think I actually knew it was terry – somehow – and not sure when – but you are in my mind as TC Conner –
With the last name / that trio has a nice credence to me

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