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Oh, Maggie

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Photo: Tanya & Zhenya Posternak for New York Magazine

The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU Tisch School of Arts attracts all kinds of amazing talent. But when Pharrell Williams, the Institute’s 2016 Artist in Residence, encountered student Maggie Rogers in his master class, magic happened. Watch this:

I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed watching someone listen to music more. Maggie has a lovely, peaceful center that makes her dance music amazingly positive and listenable. Even if you’re not paying attention to her lyrics, her music leaves you feeling better. It’s her superpower. And she’s known that music was her thing since she was 13.

“I would always define myself by music — I’ve always been able to know who I am by knowing what I sound like.”

But with her roots in rural-influenced banjo music, it took a semester in France to jolt her into the dance music genre.

“Watching a group of people move in the same way so instinctually was so connective, I realized how instinctive human rhythm is. There’s just a way that feels good.”

Mags, as she is affectionately called by her teacher, relates the fact that she “had to stop making music for a couple of years,” without any further explanation or reaction. Clearly something terribly hard happened to her, but if this brilliant music is what has come out the other side of that, then at least she got something beautiful out of her pain.

And in case you want to hear it again, here’s the final music video for Alaska, the song she played for Pharrell. It’s as visually lovely as the song itself, though not quite as satisfying as watching Pharrell’s expression of awe.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “Oh, Maggie

  1. Really, really enjoyed those. Thanks.

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  2. These are fantastic! I can’t put my finger on it, but there is something tragic about her. She looks like one of those tormented souls of the 60s. I hope she’s ok!

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  3. She would have won American Idol if it was still around. What a wonderful way to wake up this morning while sipping on that first cup of coffee. Wonder how soon before she is a star.

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  4. The tribal beat under “Alaska” is fantastic. She truly does have a special something – I hope it continues to carry her. Thanks for such a special find!

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  5. This is ❤ at first encounter. Not my kind of music at all, either, but she is a flower. This must be the direction for this world to take.

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