“The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers.” – Roy Ayers
We are all connected. Most always in indescribable and unimaginable ways and by very real and tangible means. Although, these ways are countless, one commonality that consumes my world is Music. Music is an art form we can generally all agree on. We may enjoy different genres and expressions of this art form, but we can safely say, we all dig music in some way. This sentiment alone is so lovely. To think we are all various size and shaped puzzle pieces, yet music still connects us. Some of us play and listen to music. Others, truly live and breathe within its notes and with its tone. Music has the distinct ability to become exactly whatever we need it to be. Words fail to express how vivid and powerful it can be.
Think about it for a second.
When was the last time you needed music to punctuate a scenario or to guide you through a difficult moment?
I have no doubt you chose the exact sound needed. I also believe, what you chose delivered in a big way.
Music has done precisely that my whole life. From my earliest memories up until the minute these words spill out onto paper. There is, and has been, a soundtrack the entire time. It has been guidance and my wild and troubled best friend. My relief and my, most times, solace. My passion and my, some times, pain. All the while centering my spirit and rising to always become my Lighthouse. I owe everything I am or will become to the power of music.
So it is with great pride and gratitude that I have found my place within these pages and with these amazing people.
To not only express thoughts and views of music, and everything that might entail, but to give back to an art form that has continually given to me. To pay my respects daily by revealing how connected we all are through music. Joining us as One to collectively rise and pay it homage, moving it forward for the next wave.
The plan is to create a column that, to the best of my ability, is to cover as wide of an area as possible and get immersed in everything that makes noise. The column can be whatever we want it to be. Ultimately, it is OUR column. It will absolutely have everything you might be curious about, show listings and reviews, record reviews, artist interviews, and most things we need to know about or might’ve missed. However, it will also dig deeper. My search is ALL things music. The emotions created, how it helps our community, how we thrive as a result, how it unites us and then how do we pay it forward with the promise and certainty that it will survive.
Being a songwriter and extreme advocate for music, among other things, one thing I know; if we don’t take care of the music, it won’t take care of us.
It will go away.
Think about that for a minute.
My name is Anthony Wayne and I promise to do my best to provide our beautifully talented area with a collective voice. The Loafer is now my vessel for this, and for that, I am grateful.
Music is still my story.