Well, spring break has, at least. Now that everyone is back at University Park, Music Service Club can kick back into gear! We have lots of exciting events coming up soon, including a club trip to the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey, PA! This coming weekend, we'll visit the RMH to play for the families there who might need a pick-me-up. Hopefully spring weather comes along to pick everyone up as well!
Whether you had a spring break or not, I hope you were able to do something musical in these past few weeks! Over my break, I had the opportunity to see the show Oklahoma! by Rogers and Hammerstein. Musicals definitely aren't for everyone, and neither is Oklahoma!, seeing as it's nearly three hours long. But if you're looking for some feel-good, old-fashioned show tunes to listen to, check out the soundtrack to the musical. Even if I was a little confused as to why there were three reprises of the titular song in less than fifteen minutes, I left the show feeling warm and fuzzy. The very first scene starts with the song "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'." It might be a little trite, but it's perfect for the beginning of spring. It's all about appreciating nature and the simple, little beautiful things in life that we often forget about. Let's remember those things going into the second half of the semester and the beginning of the season!
Now if only the snow would stop.
Why I chose Dragostea Din Tei: You might not recognize the title of this song, but it was a smash hit in the early 00's. Those of us who heard it countless times on the radio or on our early mp3 players might know it as Numa Numa, or maybe you've never heard of it and are scratching your head. Either way, it's a Romanian love song that I've been singing for the past week, because it's just so catchy!
Have a listen here!
Why I chose Gold on the Ceiling: I heard this song in passing the other day, and I just can't get it out of my head. For me, it's a throwback to the six months I was the lead singer of an amateur rock band. But it's also just a solid song, one that can make you feel powerful and totally on top of the world. I think it might be the main guitar riff, or the laid-back vocals. Anyway, check it out (as well as The Black Keys' other stuff).
Listen to it here!
Hello everyone! Music Service Club's first event of the semester at Juniper Village last weekend was quite a success.
Why I chose La Javanaise: There's something about sung French that's so relaxing. It's simple, elegant, and just downright pleasant. I think that's something people could use almost four weeks into the semester, or just as many into the coldest part of winter.
Listen to the song here!
Wow, what an exciting fall we've had!
Just a few days before Halloween, we were able to play for APO Boyscouts, who were an awesome and energetic audience. Lots of catchy tunes made it into that night's program, including songs by Coldplay, The Beatles, and Clean Bandit. Everybody was able to shake along to the beat with the maracas we made at our last meeting!
At the end of the night, everyone sang along to the classic crowd favorite "Wagon Wheel," which was a really rockin' time!
Above: A large group of MSC Club members bring down the house with "Wagon Wheel."
A couple of days after the APO Event, our club had quite a spooky bonding experience in a haunted house! Then, it was back to rehearsing for our upcoming performance at Juniper Village. I had never been to an event at Juniper Village myself, but I heard that it was a great place to play, full of wonderful people. Accordingly, I had high expectations on my way there...
...and what a great time it was! Everyone was able to perform a solo or collaboration for an audience of truly sweet people. (Talking to them was just as much a highlight of the trip as the music.)
A lot of different instruments and songs were played (everything from Mozart to pop), but above you can see our member Bob performing "Tenerife Sea" by Ed Sheeran. Go Bob!
Here's to a happy Thanksgiving and more events like these in the winter!
That's right; events are starting to pop up more frequently! In the past two weeks, MSC has performed quite a few times.
Last Friday (the 13th! Spooky!), club members visited LifeLink for the first time this semester! It was great to be back; what a privilege it is to play for such positive and wonderful people.
For our next time with LifeLink, and at our upcoming APO Boyscout event, we'll have a surprise that lets everyone play along with us! We spent a fun club meeting making the surprise--maybe you can guess what it is from the picture below!
The following Sunday, a group of members headed on over to The Village nursing home. A variety of music and instruments brought light and warmth to the room (just like the oddly warm October weather outside). Here are just a few pictures of those goings-on!
Down the road for Music Service Club are rehearsals, some fun club bonding events (like braving a haunted house!), and of course, more fun events like these!
Hope to see you at an MSC event in the future, and have a musical week!
As you can see, our performance at the Oaks was quite full--I had to take a panorama to fit all of the club members and audience members in the frame!
There was so much talent at this event, with music selections ranging from Chopin to Disney, and we all sang along to "You Are My Sunshine." That's not to mention how many different instruments made an appearance: strings, piano, voice, and even a bodiless guitar!
After our performance we spent some time talking to the residents, which was a lot of fun. I learned from one woman that her son had taught himself how to play guitar. I found that really impressive, because I've tried (unsuccessfully) many times to learn guitar, let alone teach it to myself.
All of the residents seemed to have a great time, and when I asked someone what her favorite song of our set had been, she just replied, "I liked all of it!" That made everyone in the conversation smile.
All in all, our visit to the Oaks made for a great few hours for everybody. I look forward to returning in the future, so that we can brighten residents' days and so they can brighten ours!