Expressing your love of music

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Oh my gosh! Turn up the radio, I love this song!

That’s my jam.

Rock those beats.

Those are some nifty tunes.

The number of ways people express their love for music is endless. They vary from region to region and across the world, but most people have been moved by music at some point in their lives.

Music has the ability to affect people.

It comforts us when we’re sad. It enhances our happiness when all is well. At times it seems to answer all of life’s most difficult questions.

For me, folk music finds its way into my soul. One of the most frequently played songs on my iPod right now is Marcus Mumford’s and Oscar Isaac’s rendition of “Fare Thee Well.”

It is simple, beautiful and for no other reason reaches me.

The song appears on the soundtrack for the film “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which is all the life of a young singer finding his way in the 1961 folk scene in New York City. I haven’t seen it, but I have the entire soundtrack.

Other forms of art can also find a home in our lives. Not just for artists, but for consumers of art.

In college, I took a couple of art history classes and had a membership to the Art Institute of Chicago. The membership was cheap so I took advantage of it and any chance I had I’d wander the galleries of the lakeside museum.

No matter where I started, I always ended up sitting in front of one particular painting — “Blue Guitarist” by Pablo Picasso. It depicts an old man, hunched over playing his guitar. It is not exactly the most uplifting piece in the museum, but I liked the story behind it.

Several X-rays of the painting showed that on the panel Picasso had actually painted other figures before completing the guitarist. Right behind the musician’s neck you can see the ghostly outline of a woman’s head. He obviously painted over her, but the image is still there. I always liked the many interpretations and theories on why Picasso never finished that image.

The point of art, I think, is to move people.

The Sheridan Press’ spring edition of Destination Sheridan, set to be released in mid-April, will focus on the community’s creative economy.

Have you ever had a piece of art change your life? Or your outlook on life?

Tell us about it. We’d like to share stories about the impact of art in the spring magazine.

If you’re willing, send your story and contact information to me at


By |January 24th, 2014|

About the Author:

Kristen Czaban joined The Sheridan Press staff in 2008 and covered beats including local government, cops and courts and the energy industry. In 2012, she was promoted and now serves as the managing editor for The Press. Czaban has a journalism degree from Northwestern University.