In thinking about what possible questions could arise at Thursday's "interview", I've been thinking a lot about why I came to school for Music Business in the first place...a lot about my college essay.
My essay was about my first REAL show. Dashboard Confessional & Hot Rod Circuit at the Webster in Hartford, CT...one would laugh, but when you're in 7th grade and DC is on the brink of blowing up with MTV's Unplugged and "Screaming Infidelities", that's pretty good indie credentials if one were counting, especially for a 7th grader.
All cool points aside, the meaningful part behind the essay was about how since I've been a sophomore in high school, I've wanted to run my own indie label. My reasoning for that all boils down to that show. At the time, I was one of the youngest in the crowd (besides my group of friends) but that didn't matter. Carrabba, being a CT native, had family there but even that didn't matter because when they took the stage, everyone kind of became family. As cheesy as it sounds, it was true. There was no pushing, no shoving in the crowd, there was just a group of strangers singing along and coming together, relating.
It gives me goosebumps thinking about it now but I will never forget that show. THAT is the reason why I'm going to school for Music Business. THAT is the reason why music is important. I want every 7th grader to go to a show like that. I love indie labels because I love the kinds of musicians that are on them. I want to give bands a chance to be heard and have a different room of strangers connect like that.
Though the past 4 years have been grueling...through the music theory, music history, ensembles, and lessons...I don't regret a single thing (besides this whole city of Lowell thing).
That show is symbolic of a lot of things...though I don't still talk to all of them, of growing up with some of the best kids I know, of a real passion for music, and of my furture career path. That will forever humble and guide me to where I should be.
I'm a smart kid, I have a lot of heart...and I think thats going to take me where I need/want to go in this industry.