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Emme St. James and Her Jazz Gentlemen: Blog

Stormy Weather

Posted on August 27, 2011

I write again with the poodle in my lap while I watch Hurricane Irene's power outside my office window.  This past week we also experienced an earthquake - small in comparison to CA but still enough to frighten me and remind me that Mother Nature is still quite a force to be reckoned with.  It is that event and today's storm that reminds me how precious life is and to enjoy the many gifts that are given to us.


Music to me is one of the most precious gifts of all.  For me, making beautiful music is almost magical the way it all comes together.  Those moments when it just feels right are almost indescribable.  Music has the power to make people feel good or to feel sad; to remember a past love or a certain moment in time.  There are songs for me that put me right back to a moment growing up or a momentous event in my life.  There is music I enjoy when I am happy and then there is music I need to hear when I am feeling sad or lonely.  Music that seems to understand and validate my feelings with haunting minor chords.


I am very aware that music has the power to create a mood - an atmosphere - and I take that very seriously.  It is our responsibility as musicians to evoke that feeling - to mold and create that for our audience.  Music is a powerful thing - even more powerful than Irene.