“There is in souls a sympathy with sounds:
And as the mind is pitch’d the ear is pleased
With melting airs, or martial, brisk or grave;
some chord in unison with what we hear
is touch’d within us, and the heart replies."
A while back, I had the unique pleasure of stumbling upon a fellow blogger. As I’m a frequent visitor to blogs that touch on the subject of writing, I was fascinated to meet an artist of a different medium. His blog is the first music-related blog I’ve ever come upon.
Chas Hathaway is a very talented musician. He has one CD, Daybreak, currently released and another coming up soon. (You can purchase Daybreak by clicking its name above or click on Chas’ name to go to his site and sample some of his songs from both albums.)
Chas often puts samples of his works or works-in-progress on the site and encourages his fans/followers to join in discussions, reflect on their thoughts about the piece, and even help out with his musical endeavors.
Recently, he had one of the most fun contests I’ve ever participated in. He put up a sample of a song from his latest work and asked us to offer up titles. Whatever suggestion fit the piece best was the winner and the name chosen would be the “official” and final name for the piece. How often do we get a chance to name a timeless piece of art like that? I couldn’t resist.
I love to listen to Chas’ music. It’s soothing and fluid—all things graceful and tender. It recalls to mind some of my favorite pieces of David Lanz while being something both different and joyous. There’s a very tranquil feeling in the melodies.
So it was very unsurprising to me to fall in love with the unnamed piece of Chas’ contest. After listening to it a few times through (click HERE to listen to it) I found that it brought to mind the feeling of wandering somewhere with the sun filtering down. In my mind’s eye, I saw myself following that warmth and golden-dewed radiance, and likened it to chasing a dream. I offered up a few suggestions just for fun.
It was with delight and surprise that I received Chas’ email that told me he’d chosen one of the titles I’d mentioned. Can you imagine that? How awesome is it to know that a little name I chose is the eternal “wrap” of a beautiful piece of art? I am touched and flattered.
Oh? You mean you want to know the name? Why am I waxing lyrical when you’ve been waiting and waiting? Fine. I’ll tell you. The title Chas picked was “Chasing Light.”
Want to know how much more generous Chas is? Not only did I get the privilege of naming said musical ambrosia, Chas also offered up my choice of one of his CDs (a disc or MP3 option. How cool is that?!) If you haven’t checked him out already, hop on it! You’ll not only get a feast for your ears, you just might find yourself the proud adoptive parent of a beautiful piece of your own!
Until next time,