When I'm at a concert, preferably in a crush of people and usually with my eyes closed, I like to think the bass line is echoing my heartbeat. Music has soundtracked my life, and I had the great privilege of being raised by two people who spent their formative years surrounding themselves by great music in the heart of the rock scene in Los Angeles, and who educated my brother and I from an early age. (Example: Buddy Holly is the true king of rock and roll, never go to a Rolling Stones concert unless it's a free ticket, and Jethro Tull showed the world that the flute could really rock.) Music has the power to transform moments into miracles, connect us in ways that we didn't ponder possible. It really does change lives.
I have the great pleasure of working closely with KEXP, a public radio station on the dial in Seattle and around the world at KEXP.org, whose mission is to champion music and discovery. A local filmmaker recently directed a short documentary about the Seattle music scene titled "Something in the Water," to accompany the premier of Cameron Crowe's "Pearl Jam 20" on PBS. The doc features KEXP, along with other local institutions Experience Music Project and Sub Pop, and the music of Shabazz Palaces, Pickwick, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and the Head and the Heart. Check out the trailer below, and watch the entire thing here.