Just as much as I love traveling, I love music. All kinds and forms of music. The happy, hopeful, fearful, angry, lonely and the sad tunes and tones – especially the sad ones. For every important moment in my life, I have a song. That one song that brings you back to that moment and that feeling in the moment. For me, music is highly powerful. For me, music is even traveling… Because, when performed by a true artist, the passion in music is not only real but also relatable – in some way or another. There is a lesson to be learned in all songs whether or not the tone itself appeals to you as a person. There’s a discovery to be made and an understanding to be acquired. I find that extremely beautiful. Spiritual even. And I envy the talented and gifted artists out there for having such a beautiful skill that cannot only touch people but also help them in various situations by being a shoulder to cry on, an invisible friend to bring forth a smile and feeling of happiness, an encouraging push or just a stable and loyal dance partner.
As most people, I have my favourite artists, however, every once in a while this magic thing happens: You discover a, for you, new artist. An artist so brilliant that you’re not only mesmerised but also blinded by the pure genius behind the tunes and tones. In that moment… In that one moment, you fall in love with music all over again. And you fall hard. This has happened a few times in my life, and the ground I stood on almost shook from my new discovery and the ecstatic feeling that followed. For me, this is one of the cores for pure happiness. The truth you can find in music goes beyond just being a tune and a tone – it’s real… It’s emotions. Displayed in a song. By another human being.
Yesterday, I was blessed with a new discovery.
As a true and loyal Game of Thrones fan that has even written her MA dissertation on Game of Thrones and the tourism that has followed the series from a marketing and consumption perspective, I regularly watch interviews with the cast and crew online. As a result, I yesterday discovered the musical genius in Iwan Rheon (yes indeed, the villainous Ramsay Bolton). There is no doubt about his gifted skills as an actor, however, I can’t believe I haven’t heard of Iwan Rheon, the singer and songwriter!
Behind the Welsh accent, this undiscovered star has such an honest and true sound filled with love and passion – and lots of it. With a special and calming voice and a guitar in his hands, this gifted singer-songwriter can touch something so real and truly relatable by being extremely vulnerable. There is no doubt that he’s a big softie at heart. I can’t even begin to explain the power in his songs and the way he performs them. You have to discover him for yourself and you’ll feel it too. Filled with a poetic touch, his tunes and tones are not only stimulating and reflective but real. So real… For five-six hours, I was mesmerised by his sheer talent and vocal tones, so much so that I couldn’t let myself go to sleep before 4 am. When I woke up this morning, the first thing I did was to put on his music and write this post with it in the background. I just have to share my discovery. I can’t help it.
If you haven’t discovered this utmost talented artist, please, for your own sake, go discover him. In my humble opinion, I promise, it’s worth your time…
May I recommend “Falling”, “Changing Times”, “Tongue Tied” and “Magic Seeds”.
Pictures from some of my most memorable and treasured musical moments:
One Republic, 2014
Christina Perri and band, 2014
Ed Sheeran, 2014