Whenever I’m in a weird mood, not feeling well or completely exhausted like I am at the present moment, I turn to Ben Rector. It’s not because his music is “moody” or dark, quite the opposite actually. Mr. Rector’s voice has a soothing quality that has made him my go-to guy on days that don’t quite go as planned or when my heart has missed the happy memo.
This may have something to do with the fact that I first heard Ben’s music when I was legitimately sick. I am not a ‘get sick’ kind of person & I can count on my ten fingers the number of times I’ve been laid up in bed with a temperature–it’s a rare occasion, indeed. This past February was one such time and while I was laying in bed coughing up my lungs (or so it seemed according to Ashley) I came across Ben’s music and was instantly hooked. I do believe I fell asleep to “When a Heart Breaks” every night for a solid week.
Funny aside: During this sickly period of my life I happened to tweet (Twitter reference!) one day regarding being sick & listening to Ben’s music—coincidentally enough, Ben saw the tweet and responded back. But if you’re thinking I received “get well” wishes you’re sadly mistaken— “Stay sick until Tuesday & then you can buy the new album,” he said. So kind, so thoughtful.
However, I did stay sick through Tuesday and I did buy the new album. Go figure.
Now don’t let me cast Ben in a unfavorable light…he actually is a pretty stellar individual. I had the privilege of helping him sale his merchandise at a concert while I was working a Mocha Club table and was truly impressed—at only 23, he’s got his stuff in order and his head on straight. I’m confident he’ll be around for a long time to come.
This of course might also have something to do with the fact that his music is pretty wonderful & his voice is pretty perfect—even live, which is not often the case with a majority of artists.
So if you’re ever feeling down or under the weather, might I suggest letting Mr. Rector be your musical medicine? He of course can be your go-to-guy when you’re happy & healthy as a horse too (:
visit iTunes. search Ben Rector. buy his stuff.
i assure you, you won’t be disappointed…that is unless you have bad taste in music & that’s another issue entirely…
per usual, some samples for your perusing follow:
When a Heart Breaks—it’s quite simply my favorite & I do believe I’ll let it sing me to sleep tonight for old times sake.
Dance With Me Baby—love these lyrics & LOVE that you can see the interior of the piano (:
Free Falling (cover)—watch out, Ben’s getting crafty. The music doesn’t match up perfectly but it’s still baller.