Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Punch Brother's: Cell phones and Being Present



I have fallen in love with the Punch Brothers. I realize I am a little late in the game, but there is no turning back now. While I was painting yesterday, I was listening to their "Front Row Boston" show live on Youtube. It was a great show, they played incredible music. I liked this channel because it also featured commentaries with the guys between songs.


What caught my attention was a moment when they were describing where their album title came from, "Phosphorescent Blues". They explained that these lights they were describing in the title are the lights they see in the audience when they perform now. Folks are looking into their phones throughout their shows which then led quickly into their thoughts on being present in society today. 

It's a very interesting conversation about the benefits of technology while still being realistic about what this contraption in our pockets really means for our minds, hearts and relationships. If you are interested in watching it click this link and fast forward to 7 minutes and 14 seconds to catch the 3 minute conversation. It is worth your effort for sure. 

"Our minds are never actually allowed to just wander anymore. We are very rarely 100% present in a moment. We have one foot out all the time...even with that thing in your pocket, you have one foot out of the moment."

"It's a new melody that is running through the song of life right now. It's always there. It's always providing this weird, often discordant counterpoint to everything. We have to figure out how to make it work for us instead of being content with working for it." 

"We just have to figure out how to plop ourselves back squarely in the moment so that we can live vibrant meaningful lives."

-Chris Thile
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