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In preparation for our Saturday performance at Wynwood House in Boalsburg, Music Service Club made Valentines at our bi-weekly meeting to give to the residents of Wynwood. We learned that we not only have beautiful musicians and singers but we also have talented artists as well!
At the performance on Saturday after the residents tapped their feet along to Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to The Moon," sang along to "Over the Rainbow," and swayed to Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love," Music Service Club handed out Valentines and chatted with the residents.
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!
On March 19, 2017, the Music Service Club had the privilege of playing for the Wynwood House in Boalsburg, a local assisted-living retirement home. This was the third time this academic year that the club was able to play for Wynwood, and like previous performances, it was a huge success! This time around, almost a dozen members were able to play for the event, playing music ranging from Elvis Presley to Phil Collins. Shout out to one of our members, Donnie, for bringing the house down with “You Are My Sunshine,” a song that sparked all of the residents and club members to sing along. I would have never thought to play this for an event but it was obviously a great song choice! It must have brought back some really great memories for so many to participate.
Following the event, the club received a very heartfelt message from someone who was at Wynwood visiting his mom during our event. He explained how much his mom appreciated the music and talked about it far after the event—something extraordinary given that she has dementia.
I couldn’t be more proud of the club and thankful for all of those who played for the event or similar events in the past. Our events are clearly making a huge positive impact in the community through the power of music.
- John M
On March 2nd, 2017, Music Service Club enjoyed the privilege to continue its partnership with Penn State Troop 339 and Penn State’s Alpha Phi Omega (Alpha Beta Chapter). It’s hard to believe that our work with Troop 339, a group of mentally handicapped adult men, began in the first semester of Music Service Club’s existence. Back then, only a few members attended the performance. This time, nearly a dozen members participated and played music ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Don McLean. Not surprisingly, Beatles songs dominated the performance and got the whole Troop singing and clapping. The success of this event meant a lot to me, as APO Boy Scouts was one of my first experiences playing with Music Service Club. Plus, it felt great to hear so many first-time members report how much they enjoyed getting to play for the Troop.
As I looked out at the crowd during the performance, I saw big smiles across the faces of each Boy Scout. Many of them knew all of the words to the songs. However, one particular memory of the performance stands out in my mind. One of the Boy Scouts walked in late to the performance and insisted on shaking the hand of everyone in our club (even the ones who were in the middle of performing!). The same Boy Scout also counted off each performer as though we were in a recording study, which made everyone laugh. All in all, the combination of the Boy Scout’s love for our music and impressive turnout made this a memorable event. We even took a service selfie at the end! I hope that our partnership with Penn State Troop 339 and Alpha Phi Omega continues in the years to come.
Stories from our club trips and activities