Welcome to My Blog!

Hello friends! Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. Together we will explore the little taste of heaven that is music.

Growing up, I was surrounded by music. It all started with my mom constantly practicing the piano as she prepared for performances as the main accompanist for the Russellville School District and surrounding areas. As time went on, sounds of laughter filled the halls as the three crazy Hines children entered into the picture. This new element opened a door for more songs and instruments.

I didn’t really notice how rare my family situation was until I got older. Recently, I’ve learned that my family loved music so much that it was our way of communicating to each other. We never talked about our feelings because we didn’t have to; we chose to let the music speak for us. Depending on our favorite song, we could tell if the other family members were happy, sad or angry. It was then up to us to ask about it.

It wasn’t until then that I realized just how powerful music really is. It has the ability to express emotions that you don’t necessarily have the right words for.

Join me on this journey as we discover more about the power of music through various artists and personal experiences.

Stay gold, my friends.

Holly Hines, @hollyhinesx

City Church Worship: A Sight Unseen

At the University of Central Arkansas, there are many different organizations that you can be a part of. With a stroke of luck, I was able to enroll in College City; the campus ministry that is associated with City Church Conway. From the moment I heard the incredible sounds that were coming from the worship team, I knew that I wanted to eventually be a part of it.

However, it wasn’t just the incredible music that played my heart strings, it was the communication that was being used among everyone on stage.

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Mary Mickler: City Church Musician

It was amazing to see how everybody was there for everyone else. If something went south the other musicians would pick up the slack and continue. To them, it was more important that they collaborated in order to worship our God than it was to hog the spotlight.

As the semester continued, I was thrilled to get the news that I would being playing keys and singing at the next Thursday night service. Finally, I was able to get a taste of the communication that was being used on stage. After my first performance, I walked off stage with many take-away’s.

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A lot of people are unaware of what happens offstage in regards to set up, but people are even more clueless when it comes to everything that’s happening on stage. Not only is it very clear what everyone else is doing, but you also have the sound guys speaking to you from the back saying to play louder or softer.

The whole experience was incredible, and I’m glad I got the chance to be a part of it. I would encourage you to go out and discover your own magical experiences.

As always, stay gold.

Holly Hines, hollyhinesx

The Ultimate Secret Weapon

This past weekend I was lucky enough to watch my favorite artist, Johnnyswim at Minglewood Hall in Downtown Memphis. The concert was everything I could’ve dreamed of it being and then some. Aside from the glitz and glamour of the event, there was one story that the main singer, Abner Ramirez,  told us that encompassed everything powerful about music.

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Johnnyswim: Live at Minglewood Hall

Ramirez began the story by telling us about his favorite bar in Nashville. Apparently, this particular bar was famous for it’s incredible performances on Sunday evening. People would come from near and far to enjoy its enticing live music. However, there’s a catch. In order to get to the Sunday evening performances, guests would have to sit through the Sunday afternoon crowd. Ramirez explained that the Sunday afternoon crowd was filled with people coming from soccer tournaments. As you can imagine, tension in the bar was at an all time high whenever these crowds came pouring in; there’s always a winner, there’s always a loser. People would spend their whole afternoon drinking, arguing, and cussing each other out. The whole bar turned into a brawl!

Then the music started.

All of a sudden, there’s a change in the atmosphere. The same people who were yelling hurtful things to each other are now sharing tables and crying into each others shoulders. The crowd that used to hate each other were suddenly transported to a place of love and peace.

I share this story in hopes that you will take away just how power music can be. It has the ability to change people in a split instant. Who knew that music could be considered a secret weapon in the battle faced at the bar in Nashville, Tennessee?

Stay gold, my friends.

Holly Hines (hollyhinesx)