Let’s talk music – TheJambar.com

Let’s talk music – TheJambar.com

By Matthew Sotlar / Le Jambar

Hopefully the title reveals the topic of this week’s column. Without further delays or terrible retorts, let’s get into the chronicle.

I love music. If you’ve ever seen me around campus, you’ll probably notice either my flowing mane of curly hair or one of my awesome T-shirts. About 98% of them feature rock bands or singers. I have spent over $1,000 on shirts over the years. I am as financially strong as I am humble.

As if that wasn’t enough, most of my columns talk about music in one way or another. This column was inevitable. Every time I mention a musician in one of my columns, it’s like a little subliminal message. Who doesn’t like that? Certainly not the government.

Who do I like to listen to? I like everything. I mean, I’ll listen to anything. I grew up around Talking Heads, the Velvet Underground and a lot of jazz and classical music. My grandparents played a lot of polkas and my aunt introduced me to one of the greatest artists on the planet, Barry Manilow.

Growing up, I discovered rock bands like Led Zeppelin, which are a part of me. No joke, I love Led Zeppelin so much that I have it tattooed on my arm. Next is Pink Floyd, the only people I know who don’t like Pink Floyd may be foreign to the concept of music. If the reader doesn’t like Pink Floyd, they don’t need to continue reading.

I’m also a huge Doors fan, thanks to literally everyone in my family. You can’t escape the lizard king of my family. I also love Journey, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd like any red-blooded American should.

Bob Dylan is the king of music, hands down. There’s no one like Bob Dylan, except maybe Townes Van Zandt, but you’re not ready for this talk about Texas troubadours. I tip my hat to the great John Prine, Jackson Browne and Warren Zevon. They are fantastic songwriters and huge inspirations for my writing.

Also on the other side of the Atlantic are Rod Stewart and David Bowie, who, along with Elton John, form what I call “the Holy Trinity”. I would include Paul McCartney, but I believe that the Beatles have always had their respective level in the music ranking system, way above any other group.

But I don’t just listen to your dad’s kind of music, I’m hip. I’m not square. I can say with certainty that Zach Bryan, after Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, is the greatest living songwriter. Every night I say a little prayer to make sure Zach Bryan wakes up okay. One day I will see him live. Wait for this column.

Sadly, I will carry the burden of never having seen Olivia Rodrigo live – even though I could have. It’s true, I love Olivia Rodrigo. She is a fantastic singer and songwriter. I’m a grown man, but I know every lyric to every song on his album “GUTS” and I’m proud of it.

Which albums do I like? “The Velvet Underground and Nico” is my all-time favorite, second only to Fleetwood Mac’s “Bare Trees.” Next comes “Meddle” by Pink Floyd. Play this latest album without skipping any songs, it’s worth it.

I wish I could write more about music. As a guitarist and pianist, I find that making music is as conducive to happiness as listening to it. Go out and find new music. There are so many great artists. You never know who you will find.


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