Stanley Davis remembers one of his favorite bands fondly.
He was 20 years old in Mobile, Ala., and hadn’t yet joined the military. It was the first time he saw the rhythm and blues group, Maze.
“One of their best songs that they always play is ‘Happy Feelings,’ and that describes it in a button,” Davis said. “The music brings me happy feelings.”
For Davis, music is a passion and something to spread around. The owner of his own disc jockey business for 10 years, he is known on stage as “Stan the Music Man.”
“Music has always been my comfort zone,” he said. “After a hard day’s work, whenever I feel discouraged, I can always go to my music. Music is my relaxation.”
Specializing in “old school” R&B, jazz and gospel, Davis works actively in the community to bring music’s magic to others. He also entertains at private events such as birthday parties, weddings or family reunions.
In the last five years, the former Army master sergeant could be spotted voluntarily cranking out tunes at Freedom Fest, the Fourth of July celebration at Fort Hood, or setting up the sound system for “Gospel Explosion,” a fundraiser to benefit veterans. On the executive board for Star Group-Veterans Helping Veterans, Davis is actively involved in music-related events for the organization or at his church, Comanche Chapel.
He will not, however, play in night clubs or bars.
“Being a church-going person, (if) all the sudden I was working in the clubs, that just wouldn’t (be good),” Davis said, shaking his head and laughing.
Music is a way to personally touch people, Davis said. Sometimes when he plays to a crowd, he feels he’s playing to a particular person, and the music is giving people a sense that everything is going to be alright.
“I like to see other people enjoy music,” he said. “You have parties and such like that and you can see people feel like the whole week has been uplifted and they take their frustration and just enjoy themselves with the music.”
Davis is known for giving out personalized CDs to friends, family and clients upon request. He said the songs help bring them back to a special memory or place.
“When I give them a CD back, it’s a way of me saying, ‘Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day.’”