Diane Vogel Ferri is a teacher, poet and writer. Her essays have been published in Scene Magazine, Cleveland Christmas Memories, Raven’s Perch, and by Cleveland State University among others. Her poems can be found in numerous journals. Her chapbook, Liquid Rubies, was published by Pudding House. The Volume of Our Incongruity was published by Finishing Line Press. Diane’s essay, “I Will Sing for You” was featured at the Cleveland Humanities Fest in 2018. Her novel, The Desire Path can be found on Amazon. She is a graduate of Kent State University and holds an M.Ed from Cleveland State University.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Marc Cohn - The Power of Music and Lyrics - Part 2

On February 7th I wrote about the power of music and lyrics, and this week I saw it in action. My son and I went to see Marc Cohn (of "Walking in Memphis" fame) perform at the Kent Stage. Cohn has been a favorite of mine since the early 90's. He's a seasoned performer, making you feel like he's in your living room chatting with you. Some artists are better to see in concert like James Taylor and Marc Cohn. Their personas, the soulful beauty of the voices,and their musicianship are stunning in person. If you've never heard Marc - try to find a You Tube live performance (when he's bald).

At the end of the concert Marc and three others performed (for the first and only time) a deeply moving rendition of the Crosby, Stills, Nash song "Ohio" as we sat in an old movie theater about a half of a mile from where four students senselessly died. I graduated from Kent State and the story of May 4, 1970 still chokes me up.

One of the many things I have always loved about my 28 year-old son is that he appreciates, and is touched, by all types of music. He lets himself feel the music and the lyrics and that has brought me much joy. I admire him now as a man still allowing himself to be emotional at times. Since his teen years we have shared concerts and songs with each other, and it is, of course, very special to me. One of my dearest memories from his childhood is my little boy sitting in front of the stereo, clutching his stuffed "Fievel" from the movie "American Tale", listening to the orchestral soundtrack and crying his eyes out remembering the emotional parts of the movie (when Fievel was in danger!) The music spoke to him. I knew then that music would be an integral part of his life, as it has been in mine.

And so, the power of music and lyrics extends to bonding moments between mother and son - as I hope it always will. Sometime I'll write about the song he and I will dance to at his wedding this summer :) sniff.


Lena said...

Walking in Memphis is the only Marc Cohen song that I am familiar with. I will have to u-tube more because I would like to hear more.

I think the bond you and your son have with music is such a wonderful connection!

I can not wait to hear about the song you have chosen to dance to with him at his wedding.

My son got married last year and I searched for a long time before I found the right song for us.

Great post.

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Lena said...

We danced to a song called The One Who Knows, by Dar Williams. I love Dar Williams and saw her 3 times last year in concert.

It isn't the typical mother/son dance song, but it was very meaningful and he liked it as well!

I actually got to meet Dar after one of the concerts and told her we chose her song for our dance.

She said that it impressed her that a mom/son would pick her song, usually it was bride/father and that I did a good job raising my son. lol

Enjoy all the planning and getting ready for your son's big day!

FreshGreenKim said...

I love the song "True Companion"... if I had a wedding do-over first dance, that would be my choice!

Glad you enjoyed the concert, I think he's a true talent!