I am sitting on the grass in Grant Park drinking a cool beverage and listening to live music flowing out of the band shell. The sun is shining, people are smiling and the music is soothing. It’s 1990 something and no one needs to wear a mask, sit six feet apart or worry about being surrounded by thousands of others enjoying the day.
The summer of 2020 has had it’s ups and downs.
The ups? Getting more time with my daughters before they recently moved out and having more opportunities to connect with my neighbors across the fence.
The downs? No social gatherings with music in the background, no street festivals with live music on the stage and no sitting in Grant Park, or any park for that matter, enjoying a cool beverage while listening to live music.
There is something about live music that makes everything more… alive.
It pulls us into the present and forces us to appreciate the sheer talent it takes to sing harmony while playing bass.
I will never cease to be amazed by the clear vocals of a lead singer or the hand coordination needed to play a complicated rift on a lead guitar.
Sure, you can catch some of this just by hearing them, but seeing is believing, and live music is a game changer.
I was just about to give up on ever hearing live music again until I came across a piece by Justin Curto writing for Vulture.
Sure, it may not be the same as sitting on damp grass in a crowded park, but he’s listed some ways to get our live music fix and I wanted to share it with you.
Download the always updated, MAJAMAS EARTH Summer Song Playlist and bring it with you on your next walk, bike ride, road trip or hammock hang.
Music is medicine that can heal our souls and without it, the world would be a much rougher place… I know, hard to imagine… but things could get worse…
So pour yourself a cool beverage, head for the great outdoors and stream a few of these amazing artists. They will make you smile, bring you joy and help you remember, even for a few minutes, that a little music makes everything a lot better. I promise.
– Germaine Caprio, MAJAMAS EARTH Company Owner & Designer
Let ME know:
What songs are on your summer playlist?
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