Last week, in response to our most recent Voreplay, someone named “Soulless in DC” wrote to say that he had been accused of “not having a soul.” Why? Because he was indifferent to all things musical. “Is there someone to be truly excited about?” he asked. Not even Radiohead had stirred his heart, a fact that made Soulless’s brothers want to disown him.
That individual was in fact Matt Masterson. Matt’s a good friend of ours. And he needs your help.
Matt needs some joy and sunshine in his life. He needs to connect with his inner rock star. He needs to know that inner rock star exists. He needs to experience what the rest of us do when we pull onto the highway, frogger over to the fast lane and then roll down the window: The recognition that this very good moment can be made perfect only with the right soundtrack.
When Dante envisioned the heavenly realms, he used musical harmony as a metaphor for the harmonious existence of celestial souls in all of Paradise. Macrobius contended (in Commentary on the Dream of Scipio) that sounds from the heavens “had to be harmonious, for they were innate in the Soul which impelled the universe to motion.” And Slash from Guns & Roses once famously stated, “Whenever society gets too stifling and the rules get too complex, there’s some sort of musical explosion.”
Do you see where we’re going with this?
We pressed Matt on something, anything musical that has caused him to toe tap or head bob. He gave us this list:
1. David Gray 2. Keane 3. “Some shitty form of 80s rock” 4. Coldplay 5. Some compilation of Eminem and Jay Z, and 6. Madden Football background music.
Shed your tears now, people, because we’ve got work to do.
What would you recommend Matt listen to? What album opened up your musical horizons? Which artist was your first?
This isn’t about having the right musical tastes. There are no “wrong” recommendations. This is about saving Matt’s soul. If it’s Tracy Chapman that gets him excited about life, then God bless Tracy Chapman and her “Fast Car.”
So think about it, then comment. Make the most persuasive case you can. Why? Because Matt has agreed to review all the recommendations, after which he will select the one he deems most promising. (This is why you should recommend one album in particular, rather than just an artist.)
At that point, we will purchase the album for Matt (or send him an iTunes gift card to do so himself). Matt will listen to the album and then write about its soul-transforming powers (or lack thereof) in a future Friday Recommends post.
So what’s in it for you? (Besides the satisfaction of potentially saving someone’s eternal soul?) If Matt picks your album, you win a free wallet picture of Voreblog. It’s a tasteful shot from our recent photo shoot with the one and only Jenny Beck.
You need this for your wallet!
And Matt needs a soul!