Last night Elise Davis and her band broke my listening silence at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon Motel. Perhaps the harsh Midwestern winter is to blame but Dan and I haven ‘t ventured out to many live music shows lately. I’m glad we did last night — the music was excellent and it may have even contributed to improving my health. Read on.
First, my take on the music. Elise is one of my favorite young artists that treks to Davenport from Nashville courtesy of Moeller Nights. Although Dan and I had to duck out a little early, the dozen songs we heard were even better than I remembered from her show a few years ago at Gas Fest. (Read what I wrote about her then.) Pedal steel and keyboards were added to guitar and percussion to round out her lovely twangy-bluesy voice and great layered melodies.
In my opinion, Elise’s songwriting is her secret weapon. She told the audience last night she writes directly from her life experience. Her statements about love, lust, living past other people’s expectations, drinking, self acceptance, and battles with depression are at times sweet, sad, and bold without being harsh. My favorite songs were from her recent album Cactus, especially the title song (check out a snippet below), plus Lone Wolf and 33.
Now, the health note and forgive me if this is too much information. For probably ten years I’ve had to take meds to relieve high blood pressure. They have worked like a charm until a week ago when my doctor noticed elevated readings at my annual check up. She asked me to start monitoring my BP at home which I’ve been doing every morning. The readings have been hovering in the pre or hypertensive zone — 136/91, 116/87, 127/87, and 111/83. But guess what? Today, after a night of live music, my BP reading dropped down to 105/75 — normal!
I’ve read that seeing live music shows (Billboard July 19, 2018) can help you live longer because it improves your sense of well-being. Harvard Medical School has tied music to improving cognitive functioning, mood, mobility, motivation, reducing stress, and, yes, increasing the function of your heart and circulation. I’m not making medical recommendations but I will choose to believe music is good for my health. Thanks, Elise!
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