Nestled in the heart of Thomas, West Virginia is a quaint and charming little bar known as The Purple Fiddle. The atmosphere is laid back, the people are lovely, and you’re guaranteed to make a new friend or two. This scene was needed after an overwhelming, stressful, & chaotic two weeks for both Amanda and I, so last night we visited this quaint little bar, and we both had the most amazing time, but then again, making memories with this lovely woman never gets old!
When Amanda mentioned the band that was playing I had no idea that I would fall in love with their eclectic sound, but I did. Music has always been one of my passions, and as Amanda and I both discussed yesterday, we don’t just hear the music, we feel it, and because of this, I very much enjoy discovering new music.
Qiet, (pronounced quiet) is unlike anything I’ve heard before with sounds of Ska, Folk Rock, and Spanish Guitar all mixed into one.
The lead singer of the band, Christopher Vincent, started with a few solo pieces before the rest of the band joined him, and I must say that his words captivated me and left me feeling breathless. I apologize, I can’t recall the names of the songs he sang, and I searched the internet, and while I did find a few of his solo pieces, none were the songs I heard last night. There are two that stick out in my mind.
The first one he sang was about an “island” all alone, and there was one particular line that made the crowd disappear, and I felt like Christopher, this complete stranger was singing words that stemmed from my soul. Isn’t it amazing how music can do that?
“Her hair turned gray after her mother died.” This simple line stopped me, stole my breath, and left me feeling somewhat exposed. After the death of my mother my hair turned gray, not all of it, but I have a very prominent gray streak in my hair, that was barely noticeable until my mother passed away. I have never had trouble with aging, it’s something we all must do, and 33 is hardly old, but I’ve always been told that I look much younger than I am, and this gray streak gives me away. I didn’t even realize it was an insecurity of mine until I heard his words, “Her hair turned gray after her mother died.” Then it hit me like a ton of bricks, I have no reason to be insecure of this gray streak, because how beautiful is it to have such a gentle reminder of my mother, every time I look in the mirror, and every time I see this gray streak in my hair I can think of her, and I can think of how I am still standing here, enjoying my life, just as I promised her I would. Thank you, mom for this beautiful gift, and thank you, Christopher for this beautiful reminder, that I am not alone!
The second song was about the hate of man, and before Christopher sang this absolutely beautiful piece, he spoke of how he doesn’t necessarily like singing songs like this because he feels as if he is inflicting his opinions on the world, and that he is on his soapbox, but he went on anyway. He mentioned that he feels that there is so much hate in the world because we are not the great listeners that we claim to be. I have a feeling that I would have no problem listening to every beautiful word that falls from his lips while he’s up on his soapbox talking about the hate in the world, because I have a feeling that I would absolutely agree with every word.
I don’t want to compare Christopher to another musician because his style is so unique, however; I will say that his voice reminded me of Bradley Nowell of Sublime, and his guitar skills like Prince. Yes, the man is that talented!
Neil told me once that Prince doesn’t just play guitar, he makes love to it, and I couldn’t help but think that as I watched Christopher play, he puts his soul in his music, and I absolutely love when musicians give a little bit of themselves in their music, it’s pure, raw, and unadulterated, and I think the world needs more of that, we just need to LISTEN!
The rest of the band is pretty amazing too! They are all high energy, all in sync with one another, and so much fun!
If you ever find yourself in Thomas, West Virginia, I highly recommend you check out the Purple Fiddle, and if you’re lucky enough to get a chance to see the band Qiet. I implore you do to do so!
I doubt that Christopher or any one else in the band reads this, but if by some chance you do, I want you to know that your music moved me, it touched a piece of my soul, and I hung on every single note. I just can’t get enough! I can’t wait to see you guys again!
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite song’s that I’ve heard so far:
I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I do.
Love & life lessons,