February 17, 2023 | ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | By Jack Madison, the Sounds of Colorado College
Foreword by: Oliviero Zanalda, Marina Malin
Jack understood music more than music understood itself.
He sought to understand it to the fullest extent: examining its many layers in order to honor it exactly how it exists. He approached music with a lack of bias, indulging in and meeting it as if it were a good friend. He listened to what the artist had to say –and not say– and allowed himself to converse with the art. Jack allowed music to seep into his inner dialogue and way of living. He often drew wisdom from songs and creative projects from album symbolism. His deep investigation of music allowed him to develop fulfilling parasocial friendships that he could turn to when life got overwhelming. Jack was always excited to understand and conceptualize a new album he heard, no matter how different it was from his usual rotation. He explored nearly every genre, always trying to build a relationship with it.
Music transported Jack to a cosmic state of being, taking his mind and body into an unearthly space of beautiful melodies and artistic storytelling lyrics. It is as if Jack was granted the keys to enter this state of trance as he so pleased.
Luckily for us, Jack loved to share his journey. His ability to articulate music was powerful and inspired us to take a step back and understand lyrics exactly as he does. His passion contagiously overflowed; when Jack mentioned an album, you would run back home and listen to it right away. We trusted his suggestions, hoping his favorite songs could pull us into the cosmic trance too.
Big Thief’s “Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You” easily made Jack’s top 10 favorite albums of all time. After reading his review, it has become mine too.