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Chip Gibbons

Like so many others, music has always been able to move me in ways that nothing else can. Oliver Sacks, MD, the famous neurologist said in his book, "Musicophilia", that music activates more parts of the brain than anything else.

When I'm listening to a favorite by Beethoven, Stravinsky, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Dave Matthews, John Meyer, Sufjan Stevens or any of the many other musicians/composers I like, it's as if it sets my neurons on fire, a fast track to the sublime.

As a songwriter/composer, I wonder if I can create the same feelings in others. Every species of bird has a song to sing, and potential mates will hear it and go in search of its source. It seems to me that musicians are doing something very similar--creating and singing our song, wondering who will focus on it in the giant ocean of sounds that surround us all. Who will be moved by it? How will it impact them?

After studying Biology, Pre-Med in college and having a career in computer programming, and doing other things like painting, I'm taking on this latest challenge and wondering where it will take me. At this stage in my life, it might just be more primal than all that art stuff we talk about.

As Joni sang in her song "Hejira":
Well I looked at the granite markers
Those tributes to finality to eternity
And then I looked at myself here
Chicken scratching for my immortality

Or John Meyer in "Stop This Train":
Had a talk with my old man
Said, "Help me understand"
He said, "Turn sixty-eight
You'll renegotiate"

I hear you Joni! I hear you John!