Jammin’ and Changing Lives

Greetings Musikelskere [da. music lovers]!

Music often lends a hand to those in need, even when we least expect it.


I would like to share a rather heartwarming experience I had two weeks back. It was a late Friday night and I had just finished a rehearsal for one of my latest pieces entitled Strange Patience (for brass quintet and percussion). After packing up my score and putting on my jacket, ready to bear the notorious Alamosa winds, I wandered aimlessly out of the empty band room towards my trusty Subaru “Norma.” Being the retrospective person that I am, it seems that something had called to me that night. I was tired and ready to drive home, make dinner, and enjoy a restful Friday night in. This “calling” of sorts was significant in how I managed to venture the opposite direction than I had parked my car. As I waddled tiredly down the hallway I noticed a group congregating in the lobby. I realized immediately who they were and what they were meeting for. It was Friday night after all, upon which music majors and ASC students alike meet for Home Cooking.

Organized and hosted by the local Seventh-day Adventists, Home Cooking is a weekly event in which tired and hungry students meet and eat at a host’s home. Exhausted and famished, I humbly asked if I could tag along that evening. I felt compelled to decompress with friends and enjoy a home-cooked meal. They had always extended the invitation, yet I had never until then accepted the offer. I had always disallowed myself the luxury. However, this time I did not, expecially after a long week of hard work.


I followed my friends and hopped a ride to a cozy home in Antonio where we enjoyed home-made falafel. The night was exactly what I needed: good food and god people. However, this is where the night took an unexpected turn. Perhaps some of you reading have had a similar experience. Upon mid-conversation I was suddenly stricken by the sound of music. I stopped what I was saying mid-sentence and followed my enticed mind over to the living-room where my friend and fellow composer Josh Wohlrabe was jamming on a hand drum with a guy playing guitar. I grabbed the first instrument I could find (a child-sized djembe) and started following. We played through a few vamps that Jessey (guitar) had laid down for us. Later that night, Jessey and I got to talking about musical interests (what he and I listened to most often) and the level of gratitude that Jessey expressed was purely genuine and pleasantly unexpected. He told me that Josh and I had “made his day, perhaps even his week.”

On a side note Jessey had mentioned a band to me that I had never heard of. As an “active listener,” when I first got home that night, I Googled Animals As Leaders, and this is what I found; a wicked prog metal band headed by guitarist Tosin Abasi. If you read a bit about Abasi, I believe you will find him to be a rather inspiring musician. After turning down a record deal earlier in his career to get a degree from Atlanta Institue of Music, he has returned better than ever.

Here’s a taste of his latest music: Animals As Leader – CAFO

It just goes to show that you never know who you may touch, what you may find, and what friends you may make through music. Next time a similar circumstance presents itself, give it a shot, because you never know, you may just make somebody’s day.


This week I would like to thank Jessey, Josh Wohlrabe, Andrea Cherne, Pastor Jim Moon and the Seventh-day Adventists for inspiring this awesome evening.

Thanks for reading the Musik Modus Mémoires!


  1. Eliot,

    Thanks for your post. It reminds me of one of my favorite passages from the Old Testament: “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”” (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV)

    I love the last line… He will rejoice over you with singing. When God sings love songs… He sings over you and me. The ballads He writes are of His great love for us…

    Romans 8:37-38 says: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38–39 NIV)

    I do believe the Lord used you to bring hope and joy to my friend Jessey. Thanks.

    My prayer is that we all hear the love song the Father is singing over us, and that we get to play along.



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