Orchestra

I’ve been in the band since I was in the 6th grade, and when I was in school it was truly the only one thing that made my day suck less. I remember the moment I knew I wanted to play the clarinet. I was at a 5th grade assembly because the middle school band director had come to recruit 5th graders to be in the band for the next year. When we got to go up and look at the instruments I knew INSTANTLY that I wanted to play the clarinet. It’s like it was calling out to me. I don’t if it had to do with the sleek look of with its black body and silver keys. I thought it was beautiful! But anyway I told my mom as soon as I got home that day and I remember that summer before 6th grade she took me to Raleigh to get my clarinet. Those are some of my fondest memories. Earlier today I was taking a trip down memory lane and searching on YouTube and listening to some of the music that we played when I was in the high school concert band (I played the clarinet/bass clarinet). We played some really awesome songs. There was a lot of Robert W. Smith and David Holsinger. I think those two composers were my band teacher’s favorites. As I was listening to a few songs today I had an appreciation for the music. I mean I’ve always had an appreciation. I loved the music back then when I was playing it in high school, but I guess since I haven’t heard it so long it was like music to my ears…quite literally. It’s amazing how when you hear orchestral composition and all of the instruments come together and just work off of each other. At one point in the music all the instruments could be playing together and then the next measure most of the instruments fall back allowing one particular instrument to shine throughout that one part because the composer wrote it that way. It’s a beautiful thing when the instruments just meld together like one cohesive joint. There’s so much that can be going on in one piece of music but it just works and it just comes together beautifully. Band is life. Below I’ve posted a couple of the songs that we played in high school.

Music with meaning

So I was listening to my Pandora today and the song “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” by The Script comes on. Because of this that song has been in my head all day and I have been singing it out loud. The crazy thing is that you may think you know a song until you REALLY listen and that has happened to me a lot. I just happened to look it up on YouTube so I could listen to it again and I really paid attention this time and the song has a beautiful message. It’s basically about this guy who is looking for this girl that he was in a relationship with and he’s still in love with her, so he’s telling her that he’s waiting for her to come back to him. He waiting on the corner of the street where they first met. I love songs that have such a beautiful message.

Lukas Graham “Funeral”

Well, in an earlier blog I talked about Lukas Graham and how I am a big fan. He is definitely a gem in the music industry. I believe he gained notoriety in the States from his single “7 years,” which is absolutely one of my favorite songs by the band. I should add here that Lukas Graham is a band and not just one person, although the front man of the group is Lukas Graham and they are from Denmark. In this blog I really wanted to talk about another one of Lukas Graham’s songs which is “Funeral.” The moment I heard it on YouTube I instantly fell in love with it. You know the moment you hear a good song and you have to cock your head a little bit and say “oh my goodness..this is pure genius!” Yeah, that was basically me in a nutshell. So the song is basically about this guy who dies but he doesn’t want his friends to be sad about. There’s a line towards the beginning of the song that says, “Everyone welcome to my funeral, everyone I know better be wasted…” It’s like he saying to just celebrate his life and have a few drinks. It’s really supposed to be an uplifting song in my opinion because not only are the lyrics somewhat encouraging but the whole vibe of the song really has a spiritual/gospel like, almost soulful quality about it. That is one thing about Lukas Graham though. He is a very soulful singer and to be who is that is amazing and I thoroughly enjoy his music. I would definitely love to see him in concert.

 

Lukas Graham

As you may have figured out, I love music. Hence, part of the title of my blog and I just love discovering new music and talent. Lukas Graham became one of my favorite artists over the past year. The first song that I remember from him and a song that really made him a success was the song “7 Years.” I absolutely love this song, but have you ever been in a situation when you get stuck on just one song by an artists so you can’t really call yourself a fan of a musician if you just know only one of their popular songs, so for me I thought it was important to go on YouTube and listen to some more of his music and what I found out is that Lukas Graham is a rare talent. He may be a white boy from Denmark, but one thing is for sure: That boy has soul. For me, I like unique, soulful, and different music. Don’t get me wrong, I also love music that doesn’t really have a meaning but is fun to listen to but Lukas Graham is just plain awesome. Since I discovered him there hasn’t really been a song that I disliked. I would have to say that my favorites though are “7 Years,” “Mama Said,” “Red Wine,” and “Funeral.” In a later blog I’ll have to go into a deeper analysis of  some of these songs and what I find intriguing about them. Don’t be hesitant to discover new artists and new music. It’s well worth it!

The benefits of being in the band

I have a deep appreciation for the band. I was in the band throughout middle school, high school, and college. I played the clarinet, bass clarinet, and I also played the tenor sax when I was in 8th grade jazz band. Needless to say music has always played a major role in my life. I was truly a band geek, but I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. Being in the band provided me with a lot of experiences and just gave me a sense of belonging. Being in the band is about being a part of something bigger than yourself because when one person messes up it affects the whole unit and one person’s success again affects the whole band. We all had to work together. That’s one benefit of being in then band. You learn about true teamwork. Teamwork is one of the most important things about being in the band. Also, going back to what I said earlier I’ve also been able to experience I never would have if it wasn’t for being in band. Being a part of my high school marching band I was able to perform in the Georgia Dome (home of the Atlanta Falcons) TWICE. I have been in numerous parades and more importantly being in the band gives you that sense of family. If you’re going to be in the band you’re most likely going to spend more time with your band mates than your actual family because you have after school practices, weekend competitions, and fundraisers but it was the most fun that I ever had. One of the things I do credit towards the band is my appreciation for all types of music. I have such a love for music and I really believe that being in the band for all of my school career has helped with that because being in the band you’re exposed to different types of music. Band will always hold a special place in my heart.