These thought-provoking musings are from Luna’s artist liaison, Dennis Stafford.
Recently, I ran across the following excerpt written by a Persian
nobleman, “…(We) have made music as a ladder for your souls, a means
whereby they may be lifted up unto the realm on high; make it not,
therefore, as wings to self and passion.”
You may or may not be religious, but I think this quote speaks to
something all artists should bear in mind. Whether you choose to use
it (or not) music has the power to inspire, as well as entertain.
And, like Peter Parker (aka Spiderman:) came to realize, “with great
power comes great responsibility”
History bears this out; be it John Cougar Mellencamp & Willie Nelson’s
efforts to save family farms, Stevie Wonder helping to win
congressional approval for Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday as a
national holiday, or even the great war protest music of the 60’s,
artists have often been the ones to speak up and speak out about the
things that affect us and our country – often when others were afraid
Music that speaks to the broader topics relating to the human
condition don’t have to be cheesy – though some artists may think so.
You may believe that there’s no real acceptance for “music with a
message” in today’s landscape, though there are many examples to the
My main point is simply that you have the opportunity to write your
own soundtrack for today’s times. You are a teacher, friend,
confidant and more through your music and you never know how or when
your music may inspire people you’ll never meet.
You posses the ladder to men’s souls.
Use your super powers well:)