Someone that has been inspiring me a lot lately is Jacob Collier. He is not a fiddler, he’s not even a folk artist, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate how much of a musical genius he is. For those of you who don’t already know him, Jacob is a jazz artist from Northern England that is a singer and piano player. He plays pretty much every instrument under the sun, but those are his main two. I like to cross over into other genres and learn bits and pieces here and there, culminating them back into my own genre. This is something that Jacob is a master at. If you listen to any one of his songs, you can hear the meticulous construction of each melodic phrase, all brought together from many, many hours of practice and experience. You might notice that a lot of his music is a bit all over the place. With changing keys, feels, and time signatures, a lot of it I cannot listen to without being fully immersed. You truly have to listen with the intent to learn. There are so many tiny details in his music that are placed there for a reason, and if you just put it on in the background, you’ll probably think it’s just a wall of sound. It is totally understandable to get lost in his many layers, but he does have some simpler tracks as well. I definitely recommend listening to him just to experience it, you might not enjoy the music, but maybe you can appreciate the creative process he went through. I was supposed to go to his concert today (April 14), but sadly with COVID still hanging around, there’s not much going on in the world. Luckily it’s postponed, so telling you about his concert will be for another time!