What is it about our brains that makes us like music? It’s so weird that a series of repeating vibrations produced by hitting or rubbing or blowing through various objects could trigger such intense emotions.
My guest this week is actor and singer Jonathan Blalock, who’s appearing this weekend with the Dallas Opera in the show Becoming Santa Claus. Texans, I expect you to be there. Jonathan was swept up in the power of music at an early age, experiencing deep spiritual raptures triggered by the religious music of his church. For years, he assumed that the feeling originated with some divine force — a belief that grew increasingly painful as he realized his homophobic surroundings were turning on him. But as an adult, he finally gave himself permission to explore music without the religious accompaniment. He discovered that the intense emotion he’d always felt when surrounded by music didn’t have to come from a church. It could come from him.