Thu June 6, 2013
inTune Station Blog

From the Desk of President Neil Best: Music Can Move You

This past Sunday evening, Joyce and I enjoyed a concert by Joan Baez at the Arvada Center for the Arts.

It was a picture perfect evening in a great venue with a legendary artist who continues to be an amazing talent. And it led to a moment that will stay with me a long time.

We were seated toward the back, on the lawn, surrounded by couples and families that were enjoying the show. Early in her set, Ms. Baez segued into Bob Dylan’s “With God on Our Side.” Out of the corner of my eye I noticed a woman who began to weep as we listened to Dylan’s lyrics and Baez’s voice. An older woman with her, perhaps her mother or a friend, embraced her and soon they both were weeping and supporting each other.

It was a powerful moment that reinforces the meaning of music in our lives. Without knowing any of the context that triggered that reaction, I can only surmise there was something in the music and perhaps the setting that created such a powerful reaction. It was a wonderful testimonial of the place that music has in our lives.

It is also a door opener for me to note what a wonderful job I believe our music staff, Benji McPhail and Wendy Wham, are doing to bring KUNC Music to all of us.

With a flood of new music being released daily, it can be overwhelming to wade through it all. Many people stick to old favorites, and overlook talented new artists whose songs can make us smile, or maybe shed a tear. Luckily, we have guides like Benji and Wendy to listen to all those new releases. They select the best ones to play on-air, offering background information to give context, and help us better understand and enjoy music that might, someday, create the same emotional impact as Joan Baez’s song had Sunday night.

Thank you to so many of you who have been kind enough to send us notes of support and encouragement, recognizing what talented guides we have at KUNC to help us on our musical journey.

Warm Regards,

President & CEO

PS: Your thoughts and comments are always welcome below... or you can reach out directly at neil.best@kunc.org, @neil_best, or 970.350.0806