What a crazy few months it has been! I’m so sorry I’ve been neglecting this space and I promise to provide more content regularly. But let me tell you the stuff I’ve been up to has been so rewarding. I’m busy building my empire — No joke. I got laid off in the beginning of February (ironically, I had been asking the universe for this for a while) and have been using the time to focus inwards on my passions and interests. I’ve met some really cool people and come up with a really exciting direction to start on! In addition to gaining direction, I start a new freelance gig in a week which is going to allow me time to focus on my interests outside of work (music, yoga, creativity, travel and personal growth) as well as make the money it takes to live in San Francisco. Enough about why I’ve been MIA and on to the amazing music I’ve been witnessing lately!
Folk Yeah has been booking some killer bands to roll through my favorite venue, The Chapel. This past Saturday, I convinced my new British friend to come with me to check out Marty O’Reilly & The Old School Orchestra live. I absolutely love this band as produced, but was so intrigued on how it would translate live. If you haven’t heard of Marty O’Reilly & The Old School Orchestra, I can’t quite pin point their sound for you, at times they are very bluesy, others more gospel or folk, but they are always true to their name; soulful.
There’s something about the way the guys hold themselves on stage. They are tight, like high school friends who met in high school band and decided to become the “cool” band guys. They look to each other and smile effortlessly. They know when another bandmate wants to take it away and move the crowd with their instruments before the crowd has any inclination of what their ear drums are about to experience. It’s the full package that makes the experience. Ben Berry keeps the baseline with the rich, warm base, Matt Goff keeps the entire band on tempo on percussion, Marty’s smoky voice is completely full of his raw and authentic soul over the electric guitar and Chris Lynch on fiddle carries the high energy throughout the entire show. How one person has that amount of energy is completely beyond me, but he does it cool as a cucumber. Each pull of the bow literally sings. All these elements combined together allows the crowd to hear and actually feel the words behind the music.
I recently read Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Big Magic. The book is about creativity and accessing and harnessing that creative power inside all of us. Elizabeth states, “I believe that our planet is inhabited not only by animals and plants and bacteria and viruses, but also by ideas. Ideas are a disembodied, energetic life-form. They are completely separate from us, but capable of interacting with us—albeit strangely. Ideas have no material body, but they do have consciousness, and they most certainly have will. Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest. And the only way an idea can be made manifest in our world is through collaboration with a human partner. It is only through a human’s efforts that an idea can be escorted out of the ether and into the realm of the actual.” This band has manifested creative storytelling through the music to the point you can virtually see the idea tethered to them, just at finger tip distance. You can almost touch it and experience their experience for yourself. Alas, try as you might, you are just fingertip distance from the very expression of the idea, getting swept up and lost in the music. Often times, pinching yourself to make sure your feet are firmly planted on the ground.
Look out for a West Coast funding page from Marty O’Reilly for their second album, it appears they are doing this sophomore album a little grass roots style. I can’t wait to see what will come out of their next record. One thing is certain though, its going to be “big magic”.