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  • Music is an intregal part of our existence.

    But music can do so much more than provide the soundtrack for memories. In some cases, the artist can touch lives.

    On April 7 and 8, 2015, Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick and his seminal jazz-soul outfit, Incognito, blessed the Manhattan stage of B.B. King's. And like their prior vists to this venue, longtime fan, Brenda, was in attendance. Taking to Brenda, she can readily recite a lyric from any album, tell you the playlists from previous shows, and clue you in about previous members current musical pursuits. Yet she enthusiasm boils over when discussing "Bluey".

    Moments before the show began, Brenda stated that she only wanted Bluey's guitar pick to validate tonight's show and her love of their music. During the final moments of their second encore, Bluey presented Brenda with his guitar pick. She was speechless.

    When the show was over, Brenda had the chance to express to Bluey who his music has impacted her life. In fact, tears slowly trickled down as she explained how his music has supported her. Clearly, Bluey was touched. He hugged her while explaining that the support of fans like her provides the "human battery" that keeps his group charged.

    It is funny how a simple piece of plastic can resonate far beyond the chord it plays.
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