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February 21, 2012   


Okay so here’s what happened:  I had just finished sitting through an hour-long book talk and once it was over I was craving something sweet so I thought, “I’ll get a smoothie from Euphoria in Sadove.” (Duh. As if there was a better option than that). So as I enter Sadove, I see a guy singing (beautifully might I add) in the living room with his guitar. I see some students listening and I vaguely remember an email I deleted this morning about an acoustic artist coming to play tonight. I didn’t really think much of it and continued on my way to get my smoothie. 

But as I’m waiting for my smoothie to be made, I find myself walking towards the living room so I can listen to this guy sing. It was as if there was a gravitational force guiding me over to the living room. As I walk over, he’s in the middle of the bridge to one of his songs and his voice is so electrifying; I haven’t heard anything so authentic.  The last time I was that mesmerized by a musical performance was freshman year when I saw Jason Mraz at the Stanley Center in Utica.

An hour and a half later, I’m still in Sadove listening and enjoying his set. I promised myself that I would listen to one song and leave, but everything was so amazing. After he performed covers of some of my favorite songs,  “Save You” by Matthew Perryman Jones and “Killing Me Softly” by the Fugees, I knew I had to stay. I later found out this guy's name is Micah. His music is kind of a mixture of John Mayer and Jason Mraz with a hint of Gavin DeGraw;  if you’re obsessed with any or all of these artists you'll definitely want to check out his Facebook. Do it now. You won’t be sorry.

Anyway, I just wanted you to know that Hamilton was the reason I was distracted from my work tonight. I can't just walk away from amazing music. That would be wrong. All right, I'm off to do the reading that I should have been doing when I was obsessing over Micah.