A side-effect of being really busy is that you start to listen to different music.
This is why having a lot of work to do is not always a bad thing. Through this horrible end of term struggle I have come to realise the power of a certain strain of artists and see why singer-songwriters are some of the most helpful and important people in the world.
I’d like to introduce someone who has only recently come to my notice and it’s 18 year-old singer-songwriter Connor Bannister. Now it’s not just his incredible hair that will take your notice, but his effortless comforting arrangements and his heartfelt – in an odd way that makes you neither sympathetic, nor emotional, but just reassured – lyrics. If you want some good old fashioned soothing music, with a touch of emotion and load of character, then look no further.
…all you need is a song and someone to sing it…
This is the kind of music that every student needs to just wash away that stress and let you forget that you’ve been sat at your desk for six hours straight. He is a great example of a good singer-songwriter, because it shows that to affect someone at the most fundamental levels, all you need is a song and someone to sing it.
The effect of a good song can be wildly underrated and it is only when I discover someone new that I remember how positive an effect it can have on me. I do think that no matter how good or successful a band becomes, the power of a single person singing their own songs cannot be beaten. Artists like Laura Marling and Rae Morris are so revered and appreciated because firstly, their music is very good, and secondly, because you can’t help but remember that they have done it all themselves. I have, rather nervously, taken to the stage myself a number of times to play music and every time it has gone well, but I know that doing it without a couple of friends I would be terrified.
…they alone have created a legacy…
So there is something impressive about being a singer-songwriter that I find incredibly brave, and the beauty that one person can create with just their voice and a guitar is sometimes unbelievable. Most of the musicians that are thought of as the best are just people that have single-handedly created their own music; David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash. Though these artists all had backing musicians and collaborators that helped them, their music is the brainchild of themselves and they alone have created a legacy.