Daria Musk live in New York City. The Living Room. Lower East Side.
One of my favorite quotes about music (and really, all artistic forms) is by the writer James Baldwin from his short story called “Sonny’s Blues”. It’s this passage:
“All I know about music is that not many people ever really hear it. And even then, on the rare occasions when something opens within, and the music enters, what we mainly hear, or hear corroborated, are personal, private, vanishing evocations.
But the man who creates the music is hearing something else, is dealing with the roar rising from the void and imposing order on it as it hits the air. What is evoked in him, then, is of another order, more terrible because it has no words, and triumphant, too, for that same reason. And his triumph, when he triumphs, is ours.”
I remember when I read that passage for the first time, I started to cry because it so perfectly described the power of music and all art to transcend physical reality. Having experienced this “roar” since I was four years old when I first started to play piano and again a few years ago when photography found me and I found I couldn’t live without the passion I feel for it, it’s always been so difficult to explain the freeing release of sharing such passion with an audience.
I had the pleasure of seeing Daria Musk (do visit that link to be amazed at the power of Google Plus) perform live in New York City last weekend. Back in August of 2011, a month after I first started using Google Plus, I remember finding out about a musician named Daria Musk who was holding Hangout concerts on Google Plus . She was a ball of fire and enthusiasm ( I believe that Vic Gundotra recently called her “an enthusiasm force multiplier”) and I thought to myself “This, this is a person who has the passion.” Within a few months, she gained quite a following here and even played 24 hours straight on New Year’s Eve in Hangouts to ring in the New Year in every single time zone. Her story was featured in Billboard Magazine and she is about to have her first music video directed by Chris Robinson.
For those who haven’t experienced the magic of Daria Musk, she was invited to talk at Google this winter and her passion and enthusiasm are so infectious that when I first saw the recording of her talk, I watched it a second time immediately after the first viewing! It’s rare to come across someone so genuinely happy, sincere and talented. You can view her Google Talk here: Google+ Presents Daria Musk: Musicians@Google She also gave a TED talk which you can view here: TEDxRainier - Daria Musk - You Move Me .
I had the pleasure of talking with Daria and her producer RAM Rich after the concert for quite a bit over dinner (I feel really lucky actually in retrospect). Not only are they so synchronously wonderful on stage together but they are two of the most wonderful people I have spoken with who are truly grateful for the universe’s heaps of love that has been bestowed upon them (how often do you get to say that about anyone?). It was so awesome to connect with people who are inspiring and wonderful in so many respects.
I told Daria that her performance was so good last weekend that it was “cry good” which is the term I use for music, art, writing and performance that transcends mere words and enters the realm of tugging at the heart so profoundly that one’s soul fills with tears of joy.
One of my favorite songs of Daria’s is “I Owe It All” (one of the best versions of it is in the Google Talk and you can view a bit about it and the song at 46:00 here: Google+ Presents Daria Musk: Musicians@Google
The bridge of “I Owe It All” is especially beautiful. It’s:
“Suddenly I’m found
in the world
that you made,
that I live in,
Suddenly I’m heard,
in the words
that you say,
so I’ll sing them loud…”
Thank you for being found Daria and for singing your words loud and with such emotion and passion.
You are heard and it’s a triumph.
These are just a few of the photos I took of her concert last week. There are many more photos in the set. You can view the full set here:
Daria Musk live in NYC
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