I normally write about the wonderful musicians we have in Suffolk, but this time I'd really like to share about an artist who has had a great impact upon me from a longer distance: Lior Shoov
The last time I felt this all consumed with a musical artist was back in the 1990’s when my brother Ian and my best friend StrHead (aka Daniel) introduced me to Metallica. A strange comparison to make I know, given their vastly different musical styles, but back in the 90’s Metallica first inspired me to pick up a guitar (I’d had no previous interest in music) and Lior Shoov’s music could have an even greater impact on me still.
I remember spending every waking moment obsessed with Metallica. Much like a drug addict I was ether listening to Metallica or thinking about, and planning for, the next time I would listen to them. Their music grabbed me, shook me, and set me on another path.
I have loved a great many musicians’ work since then, Pearl Jam and Paul Simon spring to mind as first among them, but this is the first time I’ve felt revolutionarily impacted by an artiest’s music since those days of playing ‘Ride The lightning’ on repeat 24/7.
A few months ago friend shared a video on Facebook of Lior Shoov performing. There was something about the pure honesty of her performance that drew me in and I have spent much of the weeks in-between watching all the videos of her work posted on line and listening to all the music she has shared so far.
I soon realised that this is the kind of music I want to make. I don't mean copying her style and ‘sound’ but instead being as free and present in my performances as Lior is in hers. I have always believed that music is about connecting with people and sharing stories, thought and emotions. I believe open and real performances like Lior’s are the best way to do that.
Many musicians are obsessed with a kind of mathematical perfection in their performances (and there’s nothing wrong with that, it takes all kinds) but what I love about Lior’s work is that it feels so fresh and real. Like you’re truly glimpsing her soul and personality when she shares her sounds. Even as a remote viewer watching a video online I felt as though I was witnessing something real actually unfold before me as Lior plays. I plan to be in the audience for real soon.
I’m a long way from being able to perform like that my self, but I have realised that it is performances like those that I want to produce.
You can connect with Lior Shoov’s music on:
her website by clicking here:
her wonderful videos on Vimeo by clicking here:
and her Facebook page by clicking here:
Author: Keith Sadler
I want to share my music-making journey with you, as well as my experience of the amazing local music scene here in Suffolk.