What is beauty to you? To me beauty comes in numerous forms, one of which is music. The words and delicately complicated guitar lines of José González have spread the beauty of the world just a little bit farther. I’d like to even believe something inside myself could be a little more beautiful because of it.
Having learned about González from a Starbucks album titled “When Folk Meets Rock,” I cannot get enough of his smooth vocals. While not entirely folk music, this musician gives that impression through his guitar. Combining rhythm and melody even without his voice he is able to leave the listener wanting more.
My favorite piece of his would have to be “Down the Line.” I found myself playing his songs on my walks between classes this last semester at Belmont University. It kept my life calm during even the most stressful of times. If anything, this music can be defined as therapy. I would not give González too much credit on his voice as being his main instrument, but instead will say that he employs his voice to its greatest capacity to accompany his guitar, as many musicians do.
No one has to be a world class opera singer to create beautiful music. Do not be the last of your friends to discover González. Instead be one of the first and take a listen to his music. I can assure you you’ll find something beautiful in whatever you set your eyes on, as long as his songs are in your head.