Visual Melodies – Inspired art of local musicians by Brittany Durgin Worcester Magazine
Story Created: Jul 20, 2011 at 2:39 PM EDT
For this week’s cover story, six Worcester musicians have dug into their hearts and souls to share the story of their lives with music. Stories of the past and determination for the now are told through original works of art accompanied by words which explain how music has shaped their being. These creative works offer us insight into the lives of some of Worcester’s musical best.
What can a matchbox hold?
I remember when I was first getting into blues music, I got a tape by Albert King and the song “Matchbox Blues” really grabbed me—the groove, his playing and his singing but also the words, especially the verse: “Oh that’s why I wonderin’ will a matchbox hold my clothes? Hey, sometimes I wonder darlin’ will a matchbox hold my clothes? You know I don’t got so many, but I got so far to go”. This idea struck a chord for me. Aside from the literal sense of what can fi t in a matchbox as displayed by Jerry the mouse from Tom & Jerry, the idea of the individual in the moment not knowing how things will work out, but living and being with the sense that they will; that you have what you need wherever you are. Also there’s the inherent idea that you’ve got someplace further to go—that drive that gets people out on the road, to take risks despite the fact that the details or the odds might be against you. Growing up, I always did other things and had other interests but music was what left me wanting more. The more I became myself, the more important activating something, creating something became to me—not the end product or result, but the moment—a rhythm, pocket or groove; a reverberation that I sought out any chance I could. I believe in the healing power of music, the hope and inspiration it can provide. I am fortunate that I get to play, to explore and help create the experience of music as an artist and as a teacher. At my best I can be in the moment, knowing that I have everything I need to get where I’ve got to go. To read the full article click here: