Wynnm Murphy has the type of voice you might expect to be playing at Starbucks--in heaven. But if you’re reading this, you probably knew that already. Last year, she was crowned champion of Sing It To The Heights, in an incredibly competitive field, by a full Robsham Theater’s worth of Eagles, and continues to bless us with her angelic voice at Music Guild events nearly every other week on campus. But what is a beautiful voice with no music to carry it forward? None of this would be possible without a beat, which is where Dana, the kick-drum, comes in. Atticus the Guitar, much like his To Kill a Mockingbird namesake, is an honest, stand up guy you can always count on to do the right thing, and Paul the Tambourine never fails to brighten up the room.
Musicians have named their instruments as long as they’ve played them. Willie Nelson named his guitar Trigger, after the silver screen cowboy Roy Rodger’s Horse; John Rzeznik, of famed grunge rockers the Goo Goo Dolls, named his salvaged Fender Halfcaster; while Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen’s signature double-necked guitar is called Uncle Dick. Musicians care about their instruments, collaborate with them and would be nothing without them. Often no one knows an artist quite like their instruments; they have grown and cried and bled together, which is more than many of us can say of our closest friends. Dana, Atticus and Paul are no different, and each has a personality as unique as their sound, and I feel truly honored to have met them on that wonderful fall afternoon that you can watch above. With their warm sound accompanying Murphy’s angelic coffee-house voice as autumn gives way to winter, we here at The Gavel hope you enjoy this Off the Record just as much as we do.