If you’re here, you know what we’re plugged into. But we want to know what YOU have in the headphones! That’s why we’re introducing A Face in the Crowd. At any given time we may pull a perfect stranger out of the crowd and ask what you are listening to. We’ll even mix it up from time to time and pick the brains of some of your favorite musicians. For this edition of A Face in the Crowd, Mother Plug Music welcomes: Sara Jane…
MPM: What’s your name?
SJ: Sara Jane Overby
MPM: What do you do Sara Jane?
SJ: I am a marketing specialist for a local ad agency here in Birmingham. And in my free-time I love to go to shows and I enjoy writing!
MPM: Where are you from?
SJ: I am from Montgomery, AL.
MPM: Did you grow up in a musical family or background?
MT: I grew up listening to music. My family is not the type that would pick up an instrument and actually know how to play it. But, we did have an appreciation for it. At a young age I became kind of enamored with musicians and actually my first boyfriend was a musician, or as much as you could be at 13.
MPM: And, what did you grow up listening to?
SJ: So, my grandmother was a big Elvis Presley fan and when I say big, she literally had Elvis Presley stamps. So through her admiration we were exposed to Elvis Presley. With my Dad we listened to Glen Miller, the Beach Boys and the Beatles. Actually my favorite memory of music as a young kid, is when my sister and I use to blare the Bose system in our living room and make up dances to “In the Mood”.
MPM: So, what are you listening to right now?
MPM: What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to, Sara Jane?
SJ: That’s tough…So this is unconventional but I would have to say it was an impromptu concert of sorts. I was in NY on my birthday and it happened to be the 32nd anniversary of John Lennon’s death. So one of my best friends and I hopped a cab over to Strawberry Fields and there were tons of people circled around. Throughout the crowd were different people with instruments and we all sang “Imagine” while they played. Some people cried some people held hands but there was truly this sense of coming together(ness) and appreciating this musician even after 30 years. It was magical.
MPM: Whimsical! Those experiences do usually turn out to be some of the most memorable. What about here in Birmingham? Whats the best concert you’ve been to here?
SJ: This is corny but The Lumineers. They played at WorkPlay a couple years ago and at the very end, they all unplugged, brought out their opening act, stood on speakers, started a beat stomping and clapping and all together they sang “The Weight”. For that very moment, that concert has been my favorite.
MPM: That reminds me of the Hiss Golden Messenger concert that I saw back in March at WorkPlay! The band encored by coming out onto the floor. The lead singer Mike Taylor played an acoustic while the rest of the band and the crowd sang parts in a cappella. Of all the venues in Birmingham, that seems to happen regularly at WorkPlay and that’s part of what makes that place special. What’s your favorite place to see a concert here?
SJ: Avondale! Because it’s outdoors and I love the beer.
MPM: So, we’re really interested in the stories that are created through the sharing of music, it’s place in our society, but more importantly, how music as a part of the human element ties us together. You told us earlier the impromptu concert on Lennon’s anniversary in NYC. Do you have another relatable story that you could share with us, be it funny or inspiring, something that we could all relate to where music was the setting?
SJ: This past Christmas, I was gifted my first instrument. It is a Guitalele, which means it’s a Eukalele sized guitar and its tuned up so the chords are different than a regular guitar. One night this winter, I grabbed it up, put in my earbuds, turned some music way up and just jammed out by myself and belted out at the top of my lungs. I think that is a glimpse of what a musician feels like, only difference is they are actually good at playing and singing and their neighbors aren’t concerned for the well being of society. It’s addicting though and really fun to just play and sing.
MPM: Haha! That’s fantastic. I think we can all relate to that! Except maybe your neighbor…