Lauren Fairweather is a huge name in Wizard Rock. She is acoustic and folksy, funny, but also capable of beautiful characterization and storytelling through music. I hated her at first. I have no idea why! I’m such a sucker for anything acoustic that you’d think I’d adore the crap out of her. I guess the first songs I heard from her just weren’t impressive enough.
Sometimes an emotion is too strong, too unfathomable, to be put into words. It’s not enough to say, “I grieve.” This is when music becomes the voice, the only way to tell the world, “I am not okay.” Grief haunts us at the worst moments. It never truly goes away, even if we come to terms with the loss.
Throughout the years, humans have made a business out of finding new ways to carry music with us wherever we go. From cassettes to MP3s, we have been shrinking area and maximizing storage to a point where we have limitless amounts of music at our fingertips. Now there are ways to stream music to your desktop or phone and make new discoveries while you’re at it.
As I’ve said before, Harry and the Potters always put on an amazing show. The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn was a fairly small location, promising an intimate if crowded experience. The line snaked down Metropolitan Avenue, sporting all sorts of Potterheads; cosplayers like me, grown fans, young fans, first timers, and veterans, all buzzing with excitement. Like-minded people tend to make friends and the Harry Potter fandom contains some of the friendliest. Though I waited for our Producer/Webmaster, Matt Storm, to meet me, I was not lonely as I made a new friend in line.
Wizard Rock is a term meant to encompass not necessarily a genre of sound, but rather a genre of content. It is a genre dedicated to the love and world of Harry Potter. Some readers may be familiar with this concept thanks to Blind Guardian and their thematic music, ranging from Lord of the Rings to The Forgotten Realms, and others. The thing with WRock (as it is shortened to) is that no matter your musical preference, if you have affection for Harry Potter then there is a WRock band out there for you. Whether you desire light, jangly acoustic or dance-inducing hip hop, WRock has you covered.
Have you ever been to a truly amazing concert and afterwards had trouble telling people why it was so amazing? The specific details fall away leaving only your adrenaline and your emotions. That’s why everyone wants pictures, to remember what happened. Most of the concerts I’ve ever been to have been fun—really, I can’t complain about any of them. I just have never danced as hard as I did on May 7th.