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Trevor Hall brings upbeat spirit to 40 Watt
By HILARY BUTSCHEKpublished Friday, October 16, 2015
Trevor Hall, a singer songwriter, said his grandmother was his muse for his most recent album “Kala.”
“Once she said to me, ‘Time is such a wonderful gift,’ ” Hall said.
Hall said he often felt rushed, but his grandmother’s words made him reevaluate how he spends his time.
During the time it took to meditate on the meaning of time and write about it, he suddenly got sick with a staph infection. While he was in the hospital, his wife canceled a trip she planned to Nepal to stay home and instead take care of Hall.
“Later the real meaning of my grandmother’s words kind of revealed themselves to me because we realized my wife would have been in Kathmandu, Nepal when the earthquake hit,” Hall said.
Because he got sick, his wife was kept away from the dangerous natural disaster, and Hall said he was thankful for the coincidence.
“It really made me think of time as a spirit,” Hall said.
Hall’s songs are based on guitar rhythms and upbeat melodies offset by his smooth voice.
Hall is soft spoken and his voice is a calm hum, but that demeanor isn’t indicative of Hall’s interior monologue, he said.
“People hear my music, and it’s so calm, but I’m like, ‘you don’t know what’s going on inside,’ ” Hall said. “A teacher of mine in India once said, ‘My life is like an incense stick. Outside it’s good smelling, but inside it’s always burning.’ ”
Hall has taken time away from his career as a musician to study Hinduism in an ashram. The calmness of that environment influences his music, which he also uses to stay positive.
“I’m just a listener as well. The music is helping heal me and think about things differently and calm my mind,” Hall said. “The music itself is what helps me stay grounded.”
Hall plays at the 40 Watt tonight at 9. Tickets are $18-$21.
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