Interpersonal skill extraordinaire Steven Covey often talked about the three elements of meaningful communication (words, music, and dance).
What we say, our words, have an obvious ability to influence others and the teaching is that we should be wise to the language we use and its impact. Once we have chosen what to say our communication is supported (or hindered) by our ‘music’ (the intonation in our voice) and our ‘dance ‘(body language). To maximise our communication, and build trust, people need to see congruence in our words music and dance; in essence, they all need to say the same thing.
It’s not often I think of academia when at a gig, luckily, but watching Lukeman it did strike me that for artists to meaningfully connect with their audience it’s perhaps even more important for them to think about, and demonstrate, congruence. Ultimately, they need to be believable.
Americana-soul songwriter Lukeman sings about complex themes of love, heartbreak and the healing power of time. His work is meaningful and it needs to be properly communicated.
Standouts ‘Til I saw you’, ‘The Sunset is blue on Mars’, and ‘King of Soho’ are edgy, intellectual and a well-concocted mix of the dark and light extremes of human emotions. Brilliantly constructed and expertly performed, Lukeman delivers his songs with the believability of man who has lived a life affected by struggles and desperations. It’s this believability which make the songs so affecting, often helping to unlock many of the memories which we try to hide from ourselves.
As far as I’m aware Covey never wrote any music, but if he did it may well sound like this. Luke-man broke everyone’s heart tonight because he was believable and because he found the memories, you try to keep hidden.